Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers’ first studio album in four years, Hypnotic Eye, is due for release on July 25, followed by a US tour.
Guitarist and singer Petty told Rolling Stone that he wanted to be sure Hypnotic Eye was 100 percent ready before performing the new material. "You must get the songs," he said. "It takes time to write 10 or 11 really good songs."
He recalled playing new track, American Dream Plan B, for the band who reacted in diffident silence. "I said, 'Listen, I think we have something here, but we're going to have to get excited about it.' " Petty discovered that the boys loved the song, it was just they were slow to respond.
The band begin a 30-date American arena tour on August 3 in San Diego, with guest Steve Winwood also on board. The Traffic founder did something similar in 2011, touring with another great American institution, Steely Dan.
"I never thought I'd be this busy at this point in my life," Petty says. "I never expected to be at this point, doing stuff and figuring out how to get it to people. This band just grows and grows, and that's an incredible gift."
Rolling Stone describes Hypnotic Eye as “maximum rock & roll” and “a decisive return to the concise Sixties-rock classicism of his first great New Wave era albums.”