Petty Sets Summer U.S. Tour, Plans Album

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers have set a summer tour of U.S. venues, kicking off June 27 in Grand Rapids, Mich., and running through a Sept. 1 finale in Concord, Calif. A new studio Warner Bros. stu

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers have set a summer tour of U.S. venues, kicking off June 27 in Grand Rapids, Mich., and running through a Sept. 1 finale in Concord, Calif. A new studio Warner Bros. studio album is expected in October, with more shows due to follow its release. Petty's last album with the Heartbreakers, "Echo" (Warner Bros.), debuted at No. 10 on The Billboard 200 in May 1999.

The tour is split into two legs, the first wrapping July 20 in Charlotte, N.C., and the second starting back up Aug. 6 in Orlando, Fla. Opening bands have yet to be announced, but the tour will see the return of original Heartbreakers bassist Ron Blair. Longtime bassist Howie Epstein has left the group in the wake of his arrest last June for heroin possession.

The group is offering fans a chance to buy tickets in advance of the general public sale dates through a special promotion at Petty's official Web site. The site says fans participating in the promotion will not be hit with extra charges and service fees.

In other news, Petty is due to appear on an upcoming episode of the Fox animated series "The Simpsons," although an airdate has yet to be finalized. Petty's first two albums with the Heartbreakers, 1976's self-titled set and 1978's "You're Gonna Get It," were re-released earlier this month by Warner Bros. with digitally remastered sound and expanded packaging.

Here are Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers' tour dates:

June 27: Grand Rapids, Mich. (Van Andel Arena)
June 28: Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio (Blossom Music Center)
June 30: Milwaukee (Marcus Amphitheatre/Summerfest)
July 3: Buffalo, N.Y. (Darien Lake Performing Arts Center)
July 5: Saratoga Springs, Calif. (Saratoga Performing Arts Center)
July 6: Holmdel, N.J. (PNC Bank Arts Center)
July 8: Uncasville, Conn. (Mohegan Sun Arena)
July 10: Manchester, N.H. (Verizon Wireless Arena)
July 11: Boston (Tweeter Center)
July 13: venue/city TBA
July 14: Hershey, Pa. (Hershey Park Stadium)
July 16: Burgettstown, Pa. (Star Lake Amphitheater)
July 17: Bristow, Va. (Nissan Pavilion)
July 19: Raleigh, N.C. (Alltel Pavilion at Walnut Creek)
July 20: Charlotte, N.C. (Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre)
Aug. 6: Orlando, Fla. (Waterhouse Arena)
Aug. 7: Miami (Mars Music Amphitheater)
Aug. 9: Atlanta (Hi Fi Buys Amphitheater)
Aug. 10: Birmingham, Ala. (Oak Mountain Amphitheater)
Aug. 13: Cincinnati (Riverbend Music Center)
Aug. 14: Noblesville, Ind. (Verizon Wireless Amphitheater)
Aug. 16: Bonner Spring, Kan. (Sandstone Amphitheater)
Aug. 17: Maryland Heights, Mo. (UMB Bank Pavilion)
Aug. 19: venue TBA
Aug. 21-22: Morrison, Colo. (Red Rocks)
Aug. 24: San Bernardino, Calif. (Glen Helen Blockbuster Pavilion)
Aug. 25: San Diego (Coors Amphitheater)
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)