Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers have caused quite a commotion with his latest album Mojo. Breaking the silence, Mojo is the first Petty album in eight years. One of America’s greatest live bands since their first club tours and opening-act jobs in 1976 and ’77, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ made what Rolling Stone calls a “matured return to the elementary fury of their first golden-twang era, capped by 1981’s Hard Promises [with] cocksure grooves, pithy knife-play guitars and little overdub fuss – worked up, then nailed.” The album also received comparisons to the Rolling Stones reissued Exile on Main Street, a record that’s been dubbed the 7th greatest album of all time.
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers released their debut self-titled album in 1976, a rock and roll revival amidst an era of punk and new wave. The record was equal parts garage rock, British Invasion, with Bob Dylan-inspired, storytelling lyrics. Their second album You’re Gonna Get It! spawned the singles “Listen to her Heart” and “I Need to Know.” It wasn’t until 1979’s Damn the Torpedoes came out that the hit single “Refugee” finally catapulted Petty to stardom in the US. Throughout the ‘80s and ‘90s, Petty and the Heartbreakers continued to crank out hits like “Don’t Come Around Here No More,” “Runnin Down a Dream,” “Free Fallin,” “Learning to Fly,” and “You Don’t Know How It Feels”. A workhorse touring schedule and legendary live sets cemented their dedicated fanbase.
The group has hit the road again in light of their 2010 studio album, having already played eleven venues in the past month and looking to play about thirty more through early October with the accompaniment of artists such as My Morning Jacket, Joe Cocker, Crosby, Stills and Nash and ZZ Top. The Mojo tour is bound to make a promising live show as the album was produced with a great live adaptation in mind- specifically one to compete with his ‘80’s career. The result is proof that Petty and the Heartbreakers have regained their past mojo on the new album, and in doing so they’ve outdone themselves. The band will be coming to Mansfield’s Comcast Center for August 19th and 21st to put the new album to the test.