Tom Petty To Rock Fillmore For Seven Nights

Rocker and his Heartbreakers will preview material from upcoming 11th studio album at legendary S.F. club.

SAN FRANCISCO -- Echoing their last major stint of live shows, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers will set up shop in the Fillmore Auditorium during the first half of March for a seven-night stand of concerts.

Petty and the Heartbreakers -- guitarist Mike Campbell, bassist Howie Epstein, drummer Steve Ferrone and keyboardist Benmont Tench -- are scheduled to play the 1,200-capacity legendary club on March 7, 8, 10, 12, 13, 15 and 16. No opening acts have been announced yet.

The shows are expected to include previews of songs from the Heartbreakers' upcoming 11th studio album, Echo (April 13).

The album was produced by Petty and Campbell in conjunction with longtime producing partner Rick Rubin, head of American Records. The 15-song album will feature the tracks "Free Girl Now," "Accused of Love," "Swingin'," "Room at the Top," "About to Give Out" and "Rhino Skin."

The veteran pop-rock group hasn't released a new studio album since 1996's score to the film "She's the One," which featured the song "Walls (Circus)" (RealAudio excerpt).

Petty and the Heartbreakers played a sold-out 20-show residency at the Fillmore from Jan. 10 to Feb. 7, 1997. The shows featured a wide range of collaborators and opening acts, including ex-Pixies leader Frank Black, rockabilly legend Carl Perkins, blues great John Lee Hooker and Petty's avowed hero, Byrds founder Roger McGuinn.

The Wallflowers, singer/songwriters Pete Droge and Iris DeMent, and surf group Los Straitjackets also occupied opening slots.

Mixed together were such Heartbreakers and solo Petty classics as "Jammin' Me," "You Don't Know How It Feels," "Free Fallin'," "It's Good to Be King" and "You Wreck Me."

The shows also offered a healthy slate of classic rock and country covers -- everything from a cover of country star Conway Twitty's "Image of Me" to surf group the Ventures' "Slaughter on 10th Avenue," Beck's "Asshole" and Elvis Presley's "Treat Me Nice."