Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers Conclude NYC Stand; Announce Summer Tour, MP3 Contest

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers wrapped up a three-night stand at Irving Plaza in New York City on Thursday night with a command 30-song performance that concluded the U.S. preview tour for the group’s new album, “Echo.”

Petty and company will now head to Europe for some scattered club dates in England and Germany next week, but the band will return to the states in plenty of time to kick off a summer tour on June 14 in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

At the final NYC show, Petty and the Heartbreakers’ set list featured such classic band tracks as “Don’t Do Me Like That,” “Mary Jane’s Last Dance,” and “Free Fallin’,” as well as an eclectic bag of covers, including the Rolling Stones’ “Heart of Stone,” Buffalo Springfield’s “For What It’s Worth,” and an evening-ending rave-up of Them’s “Gloria.”

In related news, Petty and MP3.com have announced plans to co-sponsor a special promotional contest as part of the upcoming tour. For the contest, prospective artists are asked to send a cover
of any song off of “Echo” (in the MP3 format, of course) to the website.

Petty will then choose a winner from all the digital entrants, and that artist will have the chance to open for the Heartbreakers on an as-yet-undetermined date this summer. MP3.com will also allow site visitors to vote for their own favorite Petty cover.

The joint venture with MP3.com marks a sudden turnaround in Petty’s dealings with the digital music distributor. As we reported last month (see “’Free’ Tom Petty Track Pulled From MP3 Site, But Still Available Online” ), MP3.com was forced to pull a downloadable file of a new Petty track, “Free Girl Now,” after only two days on the site.

The itinerary for Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ tour:
  • 6/14 – Grand Rapids, MI @ Van Andel Arena
  • 6/16 – Cleveland, OH @ Gund Arena
  • 6/18 – Clarkston, MI @ Pine Knob Music Theater
  • 6/22 – Darien Center, NY @ Darien Lake PAC
  • 6/23 – Pittsburgh, PA
    @ Star Lake Amphitheater
  • 6/25 – Bristow, VA @ Nissan Pavilion
  • 6/26 – Camden, NJ @ E-Center
  • 6/29 – Hartford, CT @ Meadows Music Theater
  • 6/30 – Holmdel, NJ @ Garden State Arts Center
  • 7/2 – Wantagh, NY @ Jones Beach Amphitheater
  • 7/3 – Wantagh, NY @ Jones Beach Amphitheater
  • 7/9 – Mansfield, MA @ Great Woods Center
  • 7/10 – Mansfield, MA @ Great Woods Center
  • 7/21 – Louisville, KY @ Freedom Hall
  • 7/23 – Noblesville, IN @ Deer Creek Music Center
  • 7/24 – St. Louis, MO @ Riverport Amphitheater
  • 7/27 – Cincinnati, OH @ Riverbend Music Center
  • 7/28 – Columbus, OH @ Polaris Amphitheater
  • 7/30 – Milwaukee, WI @ Marcus Amphitheater
  • 7/31 – Chicago, IL @ World Music Theater
  • 8/3 – Minneapolis, MN @ Target Center
  • 8/4 – Bonner Springs, KS @ Sandstone Amphitheater
  • 8/6 – Memphis, TN @ The Pyramid
  • 8/7 – Antioch, TN @ First American Music Center
  • 8/13 – Irvine, CA @ Irvine Meadows Amphitheater