THE SPECIFICS: TOM PETTY AND THE HEARTBREAKERS 2013 TOUR: 7 p.m., June 29, 2013, Target Center, 7th St. at 1st Ave. N., downtown Minneapolis, MN.
Tickets go on sale 10 a.m., Fri., March 15, 2013. There is no official word on www.tompetty.com but www.targetcenter.com lists a range of $64-$118. Check Petty's official website as the sale date approaches.
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers have been playing music since 1976. Having formed in Gainesville, Florida, they have topped the charts several times and have sold over 60 million records worldwide. Petty, guitarist Mike Campbell and keyboardist Benmont Tench have been together since the beginning. Ron Blair, Scott Thurston and Steve Ferrone round out the current band.
Petty's career has been highlighted by having been a Travelling Wilbury. That band came to be in 1988 when Warner Brothers requested George Harrison (The Beatles) to record a B-side for his single "This is Love". Harrison gathered his friends Petty, Bob Dylan, Roy Orbison and Jeff Lynne (Electric Light Orchestra) to do the song with him. That song, "Handle With Care", was deemed too good for a B-side and was issued as an A-side instead. The album, "The Travelling Wilburys", was highly acclaimed by fans and critics, a much better reception than was afforded the second album, "The Travelling Wilburys Vol. 3".
The Heartbreakers have consistently released high-quality albums that express their opinions without being preacy. Both of their best albums were released in 1985. "Southern Accents" is a microcosm of various styles that is lively and enchanting. "Pack up the Plantation: Live" is one of the best live albums by any band other than Paul McCartney. It's eclectic nature features many hits but gives the band a chance to expand on their music and their talents, making the point that Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers are always good live.