Tom Petty Announces New Album ‘Hypnotic Eye’ and Tour Dates

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers have announced their first new album since 2010’s MojoHypnotic 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.”

Related: Interview: Benmont Tench Talks Solo Album, Dylan, ‘Free Fallin’ and ‘Wildflowers’

Watch the video below for  a preview of the album.

Read more on Radio.com.

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