Tom Petty Talks Upcoming Tour, New Album

Tom Petty has said that he and the Heartbreakers are prepping a new album and tour this year. Speaking with Rolling Stone, the rock icon said that the boys are looking forward to the tour dates, which include a new two-night stint at NYC's Beacon Theater.

"This is a good thing to do every now and then. It gets the band members in tune with each other in a way that you don't get on a big tour. There's a different challenge than you're used to. We got together the other night, the band and I, and everybody is up for this."

He also says that the band has been hard at work on a new album, which they will finish up after the tour wraps in July:

"I'd rather people heard the record before we perform the songs, but I also like the songs and want to play them. If they're sounding really good and I get the okay from the head office, I'll do it."

Their tour kicks off on May 16, in Evansville, Indiana and wraps up on June 29 in Minneapolis.

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