Tom Petty Announces New Album ‘Hypnotic Eye’ and Tour Dates
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers have announced their first new album since 2010’s Mojo: Hypnotic Eye will be out July 29. The album is said to be a return to the straight ahead ’60s rock and roll of his first two albums, 1976’s self-titled debut and 1978’s You’re Gonna Get It. Earlier this year, Petty told Rolling Stone that he’d written a batch of songs that he’d put aside after deciding that they were a bit too close to the “blues bag” of Mojo.
When Radio.com asked longtime Heartbreaker keyboardist Benmont Tench for his take on the album, he said, “I don’t really have a take on how it sounds. It sounds like the Heartbreakers to me. People associate [us] with different sounds that come from different periods, but it’s a very versatile band. And if you catch us in a room when we’re just messing around, or if you hear the songs that sometimes don’t make it to records, they encompass a really broad spectrum. And it’s a broad spectrum of things that he’s written, and that he and [guitarist] Mike [Campbell] have co-written for this record.”
Watch the video below for a preview of the album.