Petty Reveals More Summer Tour Dates

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers will kick off a summer North American tour June 9 in Charlotte, N.C. Former Phish guitarist Trey Anastasio will open the first eight shows, which, as previously reporte

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers will kick off a summer North American tour June 9 in Charlotte, N.C. Former Phish guitarist Trey Anastasio will open the first eight shows, which, as previously reported, will be followed by six double-bills with Pearl Jam through July 2-3 in Denver.

A second leg in July and August will feature the Allman Brothers Band; at deadline, only four of those shows have been confirmed and will also feature the Derek Trucks Band. A third leg with opening acts to be announced will get underway in September and encompass a Sept. 17 headlining appearance at the Austin City Limits Festival.

In related news, the new Petty songs "Saving Grace" and "Big Weekend" will premiere as part of the NBA playoffs telecasts, beginning Saturday (April 22) on ABC and ESPN. The tracks will be found on Petty's upcoming solo album, "Highway Companion," due this summer.

Other familiar Petty tunes such as "Learning to Fly," "I Won't Back Down" and "Runnin' Down a Dream" will be heard in the opening segments of the broadcasts. Newly shot live footage will also be packaged with game highlights for broadcast in NBA arenas.

Here are Tom Petty's tour dates:

June 9: Charlotte, N.C. (Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre; w/ Trey Anastasio)
June 10: Bristow, Va. (Nissan Pavilion; w/ Trey Anastasio)
June 12: Portsmouth, Va. (Harbor Center; w/ Trey Anastasio)
June 14: Columbus, Ohio (Polaris Amphitheatre; w/ Trey Anastasio)
June 16: Manchester, Tenn. (Bonnaroo)
June 17: Maryland Heights, Mo. (UMB Bank Pavilion; w/ Trey Anastasio)
June 20: New York (Madison Square Garden; w/ Trey Anastasio)
June 21: Mansfield, Mass. (Tweeter Center; w/ Trey Anastasio)
June 23: Noblesville, Ind. (Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre; w/ Trey Anastasio)
June 26-27: St. Paul, Minn. (Xcel Center; w/ Pearl Jam)
June 29-30: Milwaukee (Marcus Amphitheatre; w/ Pearl Jam)
July 2-3: Denver (Pepsi Center; w/ Pearl Jam)
Aug. 12: Hartford, Conn. (Dodge Music Center; w/ Allman Brothers Band)
Aug. 13: Saratoga Springs, N.Y. (SPAC; w/ Allman Brothers Band)
Aug. 15: Darien Lake, N.Y. (Darien Lake PAC; w/ Allman Brothers Band)
Aug. 16: Burgettstown, Pa. (Post-Gazette Pavilion; w/ Allman Brothers Band)