Most of your favorite rock bands from the 1970’s can only be enjoyed with recordings these days as they have long since broken up or stopped touring altogether. Not so for the unstoppable Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers! The band was formed in 1976 and is still touring the world today. The band is made up of lead singer Tom Petty, and the Heartbreakers, currently consist of Mike Campbell, Scott Thurston, Ron Blair, Benmont Tench, and Steve Ferrone.
The band has had a number of hits including the well known “American Girl”, “Breakdown”, “Learning to Fly”, and “Mary Jane’s Last Dance”. There may even be new hits in the bands future as they are still recording albums so that they can play their new songs for adoring fans. Their latest album is entitled Mojo and was released in 2010.
Besides numerous Grammy Awards, the band has certainly had a number of honors bestowed on them over the years. In 1999, the band got their very own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In 2002, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers were honored as they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. They have also received the Billboard Century Award and the keys to the city of Gainesville, Florida (where Tom Petty and many other band members are from).
If you are dying to hear your favorites sung live once again, then you will be happy to know a tour is scheduled for 2012 across the United States as well as Europe, and is supposed to start in April. A special performance with a number of popular bands will also be played at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival in April 2012. The tour starts out in Colorado, and from there moves on to Arkansas, Florida, Texas and other states. The band may just be heading to a town near you!
In 2006, the band celebrated their 30th Anniversary! Think they can make it to their 40th? They just may, as Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers are still belting out their best tunes for old fans and new generations of fans alike with no signs of stopping. Why not come hear them play your favorite songs live and in person?