Tom Petty, Heartbreakers Plan Summer Tour

Veteran rockers to head out in June in support of Echo.

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers will hit the road in June to promote

Echo, which comes out Tuesday (April 13), according to an itinerary

posted on the band's official website.

The two months' worth of announced dates posted begin June 14 in Grand

Rapids, Mich., and will culminate Aug. 13 in Irvine, Calif.

Petty and the Heartbreakers are in the middle of a string of club shows

in New York to promote the album's release. They played to a sold-out

crowd at Irving Plaza on Sunday, and have shows scheduled there Monday

(April 12) and Thursday.

Last month the group played seven shows at San Francisco's Fillmore

Auditorium.

During a freewheeling, two-hour set in New York on Sunday, Petty and

company played four songs from Echo -- the single

"Free Girl Now"

(RealAudio excerpt), which was briefly posted as an MP3 file last month,

"Swingin'," "Room at the Top" and "I Don't Wanna Fight," which featured

Heartbreakers guitarist Mike Campbell on lead vocals.

In addition to the new songs, the band, which also includes bassist

Howie Epstein, drummer Steve Ferrone and keyboardist Benmont Tench, gave

fans a mix of hits and oddball covers. Songs by such early rockers and

forebears as Little Richard, Ricky Nelson, Slim Harpo, Booker T. and the

MGs, Them and bluegrass star Ralph Stanley were mixed in with acoustic

versions of "Even the Losers" and "I Won't Back Down"

(RealAudio excerpt) and up-tempo rock takes on "Jammin' Me" and "Runnin'

Down a Dream."

After completing the three-night stand at Irving Plaza, Petty and the

Heartbreakers will head to Europe for a week of shows.

Petty and his band taped an episode of the VH1 show "Storytellers" two

weeks ago in Los Angeles, during which Petty talked about the songwriting

process. "It's kind of like an orgasm," he said. "You know, you don't

know how you did that."

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers Tour Dates:

June 14; Grand Rapids, Mich., Van Andel Arena

June 16; Cleveland, Ohio, Gund Arena

June 18; Clarkston, Mich., Pine Knob Music Theatre

June 22; Darien Center, N.Y., Darien Lake PAC

June 23; Burgettstown, Pa., Star Lake Amphitheatre

June 25; Bristow, Va., Nissan Pavilion

June 26; Camden, N.J., E Center

June 29; Hartford, Conn., Meadows Music Theatre

June 30; Holmdel, N.J., Garden St. Arts Center.

July 2-3; Wantagh, N.Y., Jones Beach Amphitheatre

July 9; Mansfield, Mass., Great Woods Center

July 21; Louisville, Ky., Freedom Hall

July 23; Noblesville, Ind., Deer Creek Music Center

July 24; Maryland Heights, Mo., Riverport Amphitheatre

July 27; Cincinnati, Ohio, Riverbend Music Center

July 28; Columbus, Ohio, Polaris Amphitheatre

July 30; Milwaukee, Wis., Marcus Amphitheatre

July 31; Tinley Park, Ill., World Music Theatre

Aug. 3; Minneapolis, Minn., Target Center

Aug. 4; Bonner Springs, Kan., Sandstone Amphitheatre

Aug. 6; Antioch, Tenn., The Pyramid

Aug. 7; Memphis, Tenn., First American Music Center

Aug. 13; Irvine, Calif., Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre