For the first time in eight years Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers will be releasing a new studio album. The disc is simply named “Mojo”, and is set to be released this spring. The band has had a lot of successes since their last proper LP including an excellent documentary, a rocking Super Bowl halftime show, and a sprawling Live Anthology collection, no doubt building the anticipation for the new record.
“Good Enough,” The first song of the album is streaming for free on the Tom Petty website. The song has a throwback to the band’s 70′s live show with a driving blues sound. The release date for the rest of the disc has not been announced, however the band did announce that they will be giving away a free download of “Mojo” with every ticket purchase to their upcoming tour; a pretty cool and original idea.
The tour itself will feature some pretty awesome opening acts including My Morning Jacket, The Drive By Truckers, Joe Cocker, Crosby Stills & Nash, and ZZ Top. Below is a complete list of the dates:
5/6 – Raleigh, NC (w/ Joe Cocker)
5/7 – Charlotte, NC (w/ Joe Cocker)
5/9 – Tampa, FL (w/ Joe Cocker)
5/15 – Dallas, TX (w/ Joe Cocker)
5/16 – Houston, TX (w/ Joe Cocker)
5/18 – Phoenix, AZ (w/ Joe Cocker)
5/22 – Los Angeles, CA (w/ Joe Cocker)
6/2 – San Diego, CA (w/ Joe Cocker)
6/3 – Irvine, CA (w/ Joe Cocker)
6/5 – Oakland, CA (w/ Joe Cocker)
6/8 – Vancouver, BC (w/ Joe Cocker)
6/11 – Seattle, WA (w/ Joe Cocker)
6/15 – Cagary, AB (w/ Joe Cocker)
6/16 – Edmonton, AB (w/ Joe Cocker)
6/19 – Winnipeg, MB (w/ Joe Cocker)
6/22 – St. Paul, MN (w/ Drive By Truckers)
6/23 – Omaha, NE (w/ Drive By Truckers)
6/25 – Millwaukee, WI (Summerfest w/ ZZ Top)
7/10 – Indianapolis, IN (w/ Drive By Truckers)
7/13 – Kansas City, MO (w/ Drive By Truckers)
7/15 – Cincinati, OH (w/ Drive By Truckers)
7/17 – Chicago, IL (w/ Drive By Truckers)
7/20 – Cleveland, OH (w/ Drive By Truckers)
7/22 – Detroit, MI (w/ Drive By Truckers)
7/24 – Pittsburgh, PA (w/ Drive By Truckers)
7/28 – New York, NY (w/ TBA)
7/31 – Philadelphia, PA (w/ TBA)
8/11 – Atlanta, GA (w/ Crosby, Stills, and Nash)
8/12 – Nasheville, TN (w/ Crosby, Stills, and Nash)
8/14 – Darien Lake, NY (w/ Crosby, Stills, and Nash)
8/15 – Washington, DC (w/ Crosby, Stills, and Nash)
8/17 – Hartford, CT (w/ Crosby, Stills, and Nash)
8/19 – Boston, MA (w/ My Morning Jacket)
8/21 – Boston, MA (w/ My Morning Jacket)
8/24 – East Rutherford, NJ (w/ My Morning Jacket)
8/25 – Toronto, ON (w/ Crosby, Stills, and Nash)
8/27 – Saratoga Springs, NY (w/ Crosby, Stills, and Nash)
Lost in yesterday’s Bonnaroo hype machine was the announcement about Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Festival. Set to take place on June 26th at Toyota Park in Chicago, Eric has pulled together an impressive list of uber-talented acts with an emphasis on the axe work. Guitar legends set to attend include Jimmy Vaughan, BB King, Buddy Guy, Jeff Beck, Robert Cray, Stevie Winwood, the ZZ Top, the Allman Brothers Band and the man himself Eric Clapton.
One thing is for sure, Chicago will be a rocking on June 26th, and we can look forward to some all star jam sessions. Eric will be happy, as Chicago Park will be full of “screamin guitars”. The proceeds from the event will go to benefit the Crossroads Centre, Antigua; a drug rehab center and halfway house that Clapton is heavily involved in.
A very impressive lineup for the $100 ticket price, especially after seeing the $250 Bonnaroo price yesterday. Like the previous Crossroads Guitar Festivals in 2007 and 2004, this event will be filmed and prepared for a DVD release. View the full lineup below.
Allman Brothers Band
David Hidalgo and Cesar Rosas of Los Lobos
Doyle Bramhall II
Gary Clark Jr.