Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers head back on the road tonight (April 20) in Oklahoma City to play the first show on its 44-date North American tour celebrating the group's 40th anniversary.
The tour runs until August 19 in Seattle with plenty of outdoor amphitheater shows and even a golf course appearance on June 24 in Pasadena, Calif. The group's last album, Hypnotic Eye, came out in 2014, but guitarist Mike Campbell tells us the Heartbreakers are always happy to play their catalog for fans who come to see the band:
"The band is really -- this might sound cliché or corny -- but we really are enjoying what we're doing right now. Tom is really happy. The band is playing great. I think we're sounding better than we've ever sounded, and we're inspired...and its' very exciting for us. And the band is really rising to the occasion and everybody is in a great place right now. I think we can keep going for awhile."
Petty and company released two vinyl box sets last fall, and Petty is planning a deluxe reissues of his 1994 solo album Wildflowers.
Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.