Tom Petty announces album release and US tour dates

Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers

Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers have confirmed the release date for their new album, Hypnotic Eye.

The album will be the band’s first in four years and is scheduled for release on the 29th of July. A North American tour supporting the release will begin on the 3rd of August.

In a statement, Petty has also announced that every ticket purchased for the upcoming tour will include a copy of Hypnotic Eye.

The announcement reveals that the album will be available on high-resolution Blu-ray audio and vinyl formats: a single LP or a double-album containing a track unavailable elsewhere.

Fan club members will also release a digital album, Live 2013, when they purchase Hypnotic Eye.

You can watch a promo clip for the album below:

Confirmed North American tour dates are as follows:

August 3: San Diego, CA – Viejas Arena
August 5: Boise, ID – Taco Bell Arena
August 7: Eugene, OR – Matthew Knight Center
August 9: San Francisco, CA – Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival
August 12: Portland, OR – Moda Center
August 14: Vancouver, BC – Rogers Arena
August 15: George, WA – The Gorge
August 17: Edmonton, AB – Rexall Place
August 19: Calgary, AB – Scotiabank Saddledome
August 21: Winnipeg, MB – MTS Centre
August 23: Chicago, IL – United Center
August 26: Toronto, ONT – Air Canada Centre
August 28: Montreal, QC – Bell Centre
August 30: Boston, MA – Fenway Park
September 6: Arrington, VA – Lockn’ Festival
September 7: Darien Center, NY – Darien Lake PAC
September 10: New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
September 13: Hartford, CT – XL Center
September 15: Philadelphia, PA – Wells Fargo Arena
September 18: Raleigh, NC – PNC Arena
September 20: West Palm Beach, FL- Cruzan Amphitheater
September 21: Tampa, FL – Tampa Bay Times Forum
September 23: Nashville, TN – Bridgestone Arena
September 25: Houston, TX – Toyota Center
September 26: Dallas, TX – American Airlines Center
September 28: Tulsa, OK – BOK Center
September 30: Kansas City, MO – Sprint Center
October 1: Lincoln, NE – Pinnacle Bank Arena
October 7: Anaheim, CA – Honda Center
October 10: Los Angeles, CA – The Forum

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Ginger Wildheart launches G.A.S.S. fan club

Ginger WildheartGinger Wildheart, frontman of The Wildhearts, alumnus of numerous solo albums and various side projects including Hey! Hello!, has revealed details of an innovative new fan club.

Known as the Ginger Associated Secret Society (G.A.S.S.), the club will be a multi-tier fan club and forum, offering members unique access to exclusive incentives based on the level of membership they buy.

Membership can include:

* A year’s supply of brand new songs, featuring guests from Ginger’s projects
* Unreleased demos and alternative versions of songs that have been released
* Podcasts
* Exclusive Q&A sessions
* Competitions including one-of-a-kind prizes (original song books etc.)
* Exclusive limited edition merchandise
* Pre-order ticket sales

The incentives are set to be presented in a wealth of exclusively designed artwork commissioned specifically for G.A.S.S., and a community-centered online hub will be opened.

Membership varies between £30 and £90 and sign-up opens from 1st May at the G.A.S.S. homepage.

A release about the new club states: “Ginger Wildheart’s latest venture will once again redefine the landscape in which artists connect with their fans, creating a much closer involvement with the fans who support his music.”

Here’s to the artists doing it for themselves.

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