In 1976, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers released their debut album, and this summer Petty plans to celebrate the thirtieth anniversary in grand style. He and the Heartbreakers will hit the road in June on a tour that Petty says might be the band’s last major summer outing; there’s an ambitious documentary in the works; and Petty is finishing Highway Companion, a solo album tentatively due on Rick Rubin’s American Recordings label this summer.
“It’s a quieter album than I’ve done before,” Petty says, sitting behind the sound desk in his home studio in Malibu. “I don’t think I wasted any lines on this album. I think the songs are all there.”