Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers are going on tour this fall, but they'll be coming to a computer rather than a city near you.
To promote "The Live Anthology," a box set due out Nov. 24, Petty and company are launching the Superhighway Tour, an eight-week virtual experience. The "tour" begins at 10 a.m. EST on Sept. 29; for $24.98, fans will receive 24 of the 48 tracks on the basic "Live Anthology" set over an eight-week period up to treasury's Nov. 24, when "ticketholders" will receive the remaining songs from the box set.
Throughout the "tour" fans will also receive background information on the tracks, including band commentaries, reviews and other memorabilia. "Tickets" are available at tompettysuperhighwaytour.com.
"The Live Anthology" will feature concert recordings from 1978-2007, produced by Petty, Heartbreakers guitarist Mike Campbell and Ryan Ulyate. In addition to Petty favorites it will also include covers such as the Grateful Dead's "Friend of the Devil," the Zombies' "I Want You Back Again," Fleetwood Mac's "Oh Well," Booker T. and the MG's "Green Onions," James Brown's "Good Good Lovin'," the theme from the James Bond film "Goldfinger" and more.
The collection comes in three editions: the standard release, which includes 48 tracks on four CDs; a deluxe version exclusively at Best Buy that adds a fifth CD of live tracks as well as a Blu-Ray disc with all 62 tracks, DVD of a previously unreleased 1978 New Year's Eve concert in Santa Monica, Calif., a DVD of Martyn Atkins' unreleased "400 Days" documentary from the 1995 "Wildflowers" tour and a vinyl copy of the 1976 "Official Live 'Leg" promotional album; and a vinyl box set with 51 tracks on seven 180-gram LPs and a deluxe book.
"The Live Anthology" is only the second official Petty live released on CD, following "Pack Up the Plantation: Live!" in 1985.