Petty Takes Live Show To The Movies
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers will perform their entire new album, "The Last DJ," Oct. 15 at Los Angeles' Grand Olympic Auditorium, a show that will be broadcast live via satellite to 38 U.S. movieTom Petty and the Heartbreakers will perform their entire new album, "The Last DJ," Oct. 15 at Los Angeles' Grand Olympic Auditorium, a show that will be broadcast live via satellite to 38 U.S. movie theaters and simulcast on North American radio stations. The small arena event will find the group backed by a full orchestra for the performance of the album, which is due Oct. 8 from Warner Bros.
Tickets for the show went on sale on Saturday and at deadline were still available via Ticketmaster. Petty and his band will also perform at the venue the next night although it is not clear if the orchestral performance of the album will be repeated; both shows are being taped.
The list of cities and radio stations that will carry the live broadcast are expected this week. Details will be announced via Petty's official Web site. Tickets will be distributed through local radio outlets.
A U.S. tour in support of "The Last DJ" is slated to begin Oct. 25. So far only a handful of dates have been confirmed, with a Nov. 2 Phoenix show and Nov. 5 Salt Lake City date, the latter with Jackson Browne slated to open, already on sale. A Nov. 1 Las Vegas concert will go on sale Saturday (Sept. 28).
Before and during the early stages of the tour, the band will appear on a host of television shows to promote the album. Look for Petty and the Heartbreakers on NBC's "Today" (Oct. 4), CBS' "The Late Show With David Letterman" (Oct. 7), and NBC's "Late Night With Conan O'Brien" (Oct. 10) and "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno" (Nov. 13).
As previously reported, an animated version of Petty will also be seen Nov. 10 on the season premiere of Fox's "The Simpsons." The episode, titled "How I Spent My Strummer Vacation," will feature Petty's voice and likeness, as well as those of the Rolling Stones' Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, Elvis Costello, Lenny Kravitz, and Brian Setzer.