Tom Petty Spins For The 'Last DJ'

Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers have set an Oct. 8 release date for their new Warner Bros. studio set, "The Last DJ." The set, produced by longtime collaborator George Drakoulias, is the follow-up t

Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers have set an Oct. 8 release date for their new Warner Bros. studio set, "The Last DJ." The set, produced by longtime collaborator George Drakoulias, is the follow-up to "Echo," which debuted at No. 10 on The Billboard 200 in May 1999. Fleetwood Mac guitarist Lindsey Buckingham sings on "The Man Who Loves Women," while producer Jon Brion offered orchestral arrangements for "Like a Diamond," "Money Becomes King," and "Dreamville."

Original Heartbreakers bassist Ron Blair plays on two tracks, marking his first contributions since 1981's "Hard Promises." Blair is also touring with the band this summer. The rest of the Heartbreakers are rounded out by Mike Campbell (guitar, bass), Benmont Tench (keyboards), Scott Thurston (guitar), and Steve Ferrone (drums).

Three of the set's 12 tracks -- "Have Love Will Travel," "Lost Children," and "Can't Stop the Sun" -- have been a fixture in Petty's live shows this summer. The group plays outside Indianapolis tonight (Aug. 14) and will be on the road through Sept. 1 in Concord, Calif.

Meanwhile, additional details have come to light about Petty's appearance in the season premiere of the Fox animated series "The Simpsons." According to Petty's official Web site, the artist will be joined by Elvis Costello, Lenny Kravitz, Brian Setzer, and, as previously reported, members of the Rolling Stones for the episode, which finds family patriarch Homer Simpson attending a rock'n'roll fantasy camp.

Here are Petty's tour dates:

Aug. 14: Noblesville, Ind. (Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre)
Aug. 16: Bonner Spring, Kan. (Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre)
Aug. 17: Maryland Heights, Mo. (UMB Bank Pavilion)
Aug. 19, 21: Morrison, Colo. (Red Rocks)
Aug. 22: Albuquerque, N.M. (Journal Pavilion)
Aug. 24: San Bernardino, Calif. (Glen Helen Blockbuster Pavilion)
Aug. 25: San Diego (Coors Amphitheatre)
Aug. 28: Boise (Idaho Center Arena)
Aug. 29: Reno, Nev. (Reno Hilton Amphitheatre)
Aug. 31: Sacramento, Calif. (Autowest Amphitheatre)
Sept. 1: Concord, Calif. (Chronicle Pavilion)