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More Than a Petty Face
Melody Maker — May 26, 1977
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers end their breakthrough British tour with Nils Lofgren this week — but the band return for their own concert series next month.
The band’s phenomenal rise to headlining status has taken just three weeks. They came to Britain at the beginning of this month to play as support band on the Lofgren tour. Petty and the Heartbreakers, however, are ending the tour as one of the most in-demand bands currently playing in this country.
Next month’s tour was originally scheduled to finish with the band’s LONDON Rainbow show on June 19 but now, because of extraordinary response to the Heartbreakers’ concerts with Lofgren, promoter Ian Wright is considering an additional week of shows.
The full tour schedule has yet to be finalised, but concerts already confirmed are MANCHESTER Free Trade Hall on June 12, BIRMINGHAM Town Hall (16), AYLESBURY Friars (18) and the Rainbow.
The shows come after Petty’s European tour with Lofgren, which follows their last British concert at GLASGOW Apollo tonight (May 26).
The band’s new single, “Anything That’s Rock ‘n’ Roll”, is in the shops this week. And a special limited edition of 5,000 12 inch pressings have been issued, along with the normal size singles.
The Heartbreakers’ official “bootleg” album, meanwhile, has rapidly become a collectors’ item. The album, recorded live and distributed within the music business, was part of the promotional campaign to launch the band earlier this year.
The album, however, is now worth up to 70 dollars (£30) in America, while as much as £10 has been offered for the LP in Britain.