Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers Announce 40th Anniversary Tour With Goofy 'Fallon' Sketch

Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers
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Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers perform at The Forum on Oct. 10, 2014 in Inglewood, Calif.

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ self-titled debut album came out in November of 1976. That same year in early December, they embarked on their first tour. 2016 obviously marks the 40th anniversary of those events, and in the year's waning weeks, the legendary band got around to announcing a big ol’ tour to celebrate.

The North American trek kicks off April 20 in Oklahoma City and features (so far) 35 dates, before wrapping July 27 at the Forest Hills Stadium in Queens, N.Y. We say “so far” because an official press release promises additional West Coast dates to be added. For now, the Live Nation tour will feature support from former Eagle Joe Walsh and country luminary Chris Stapleton, respectively. See the complete itinerary below for their specific opening dates. 

Tickets for the majority of the shows go on sale Dec. 16, at 10 a.m. local time. Members of the Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers Highway Companions Club get a chance to purchase two days prior, also at 10 a.m. local time. 

Previously, 40th anniversary festivities were limited to a pair of box sets, featuring the band’s entire studio album catalog on vinyl. These sets came out today. 

Tom Petty himself was video-chatted in to last night (Dec. 8)’s episode of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon to mark the occasion… sort of. Let’s just say Petty was “very excited” to be speaking with Fallon. Check out the video below. It’s worth a few laughs.

Here’s the tour itinerary, as of Dec. 9:

April 20: Oklahoma City, OK @ Chesapeake Energy Center*
April 22: Dallas, TX @ American Airlines Arena*
April 23: Little Rock, AR @ Verizon Wireless Arena*
April 25: Nashville, TN @ Bridgesone Arena*
April 27: Atlanta, GA @ Philips Arena*
April 29: Houston, TX @ Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion*
May 2: Austin, TX @ Frank Erwin Center*
May 5: West Palm Beach, FL @ Perfect Vodka Amphitheatre*
May 6: Tampa, FL @ Amalie Arena*
May 8: Memphis, Tenn. @ StateFarm Center*
May 10: Champaign, Ill. @ Scottrade Center*    
May 12: St. Louis, MO @ Scottrade Center*
May 13: Indianapolis, IN @ Klipsch Music Center*
May 29: Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre
May 30: Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre
June 2: Kansas City, MO @ Sprint Center*
June 3: St. Paul, MN @ Xcel Energy Center*
June 5: Des Moines, IA @ Wells Fargo Arena*
June 7: Columbus, OH @ Schottenstein Center*
June 9: Pittsburgh, PA @ PPG Paints Arena*
June 10: Cleveland, OH @ Quicken Loans Arena
June 12: Cincinnati, OH @ US Bank Arena*
June 14: Hartford, CT @ XFINITY Theatre*
June 16: Newark, NJ @ Prudential Center*
June 17: Hunter, NY @ Mountain Jam Festival
June 29: Chicago, IL @ Wrigley Field^
July 1: Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Arena
July 2: Canandaigua, NY @ CMAC Performing Arts Center
July 5: Milwaukee, WI @ Marcus Marcus Amphitheater, Summerfest^
July 6: Milwaukee, WI @ Marcus Marcus Amphitheater- Summerfest^
July 15: Toronto, Ontario @ Air Canada Centre
July 18: Clarkson, MI @ DTE Energy Music Theatre
July 20: Boston, MA @ TD Garden
July 23: Baltimore, Md. @ Royal Farms Arena
July 26: Queens, NY @ Forest Hills Stadium
July 27: Queens, NY @ Forest Hills Stadium

* With Joe Walsh
^ With Chris Stapleton 


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