The gig will celebrate the band’s 40th anniversary and will be their only European date of 2017. This will be just the second time Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers have come to the UK in 18 years. The band’s last visit in 2012 included a headlining appearance at the Isle Of Wight Festival and two rapturously received sold out shows at the Royal Albert Hall.
Tickets for Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ headline show goes on general sale on Friday December 16th at 9am here.
Joining him will be Stevie Nicks, forever celebrated as singer and songwriter with Fleetwood Mac and perhaps one the greatest female artists of the rock era. Stevie and Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers go way back as great friends, tour mates and collaborators, so this will be a reunion to savour.
Also on this incredible bill are American folk-rockers The Lumineers.
Forming his first band whilst still a teenager, Tom Petty released his debut album with The Heartbreakers in 1976, only receiving recognition and eventual super-stardom in the US after making a mark touring the UK. They came across the pond in 1977 as a support band and left six weeks later as a headliner in their own right, having appeared on the covers of many of the music periodicals at the time including Melody Maker, NME and Sounds.
The debut record contained the classics American Girl and Breakdown. Petty never looked back. 16 albums later, he boasts global hits such as Free Fallin’, Don’t Come Around Here No More, Refugee, You Got Lucky, You Don’t Know How It Feels, I Won’t Back Down, Listen To Her Heart, The Waiting, Don’t Do Me Like That, Runnin’ Down A Dream, Into The Great Wide Open, Mary Jane’s Last Dance and more. This list is a testament to Petty’s remarkable durability as a songwriter.
Tom Petty was a member of the Travelling Wilburys with Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Roy Orbison and Jeff Lynne, has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame and earned 18 Grammy nominations. Tom and The Heartbreakers toured the world as Bob Dylan’s backing band in 1986 and 1987 and they have influenced countless modern artists – just about anyone to pick up a guitar and sing rock songs.
Last year, Petty reunited with his pre-Heartbreakers band, Mudcrutch, and made a new album. Sean Penn directed a video starring Sir Anthony Hopkins for their single ‘I Forgive It All’.
Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers – The Complete Studio Albums Volumes 1 and 2 were released this year on vinyl to celebrate the band’s 40th anniversary.
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