Gaylord Herald Times — July 6, 2002

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Music: Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers open tour in Grand Rapids
Gaylord Herald Times — Saturday, July 6, 2002

GRAND RAPIDS (Reuters) — Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers don’t have a new album or any new product to promote.

So the group, newly inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, is simply damning the torpedoes for a 9 ½ week tour around North America this summer and giving the fans a taste of things to come.

“We’ve been sent here to raise hell and cause chaos,” Petty told an opening night crowd of about 11,000 on June 27 at Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids.

He and the five Heartbreakers did just that with a spirited two-hour, 19-song performance that sampled hits from throughout the group’s career and offered a preview of their next album, “The Last DJ,” which is slated for release this fall.

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