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Tom Petty Plans "Intimate" Summer Tour Dates
only US cities "identified" for now...
Have a good weekend americana comrades! Rolling Stone reports: "He hasn't written any set lists yet, but Tom Petty has his priorities in order for the two residencies he will play with the Heartbreakers in May and June at New York's Beacon Theater and Los Angeles' Fonda Theater. "You try to keep yourself entertained," the singer-guitarist tells Rolling Stone, laughing through his deep and gritty Southern drawl. "I'm gonna be there every night, and I want to enjoy it.""
"Petty and the Heartbreakers will play at the Beacon on May 20th, 21st, 23rd, 25th and 26th, then move to the Fonda for concerts on June 3rd, 4th, 6th, 8th, 9th and 11th. The shows – part of a U.S. tour that includes arena dates and festival appearances, one of them a headlining slot at Bonnaroo – will be Petty's first small-hall runs since a five-night stay at the Vic Theater in Chicago in 2003. Petty and the Heartbreakers also held epic stands at the Fillmore in San Francisco in 1997 and 1999.
"This is a good thing to do every now and then," he contends. "It gets the band members in tune with each other in a way that you don't get on a big tour. There's a different challenge than you're used to. We got together the other night, the band and I, and everybody is up for this. There's no telling what we'll do."
That includes the possibility of debuting new material. Petty and the Heartbreakers are interrupting the sessions for their next studio album to go on tour; they resume recording in July with a probable release in 2014. "I'd rather people heard the record before we perform the songs," Petty says. "But I also like the songs and want to play them. If they're sounding really good and I get the okay from the head office, I'll do it."
He adds, "We have this great little rock & roll band. I want people to see it in a setting other than a big arena."