Fans already marking the days off on their calendars. Above photo by John Boydston exclusively for BLURT.
By Barbi Martinez
That collective squeak of delight you just heard from the corridors of the BLURT bullpen? It’s the sound of the editorial staff reacting to the Rolling Stone news yesterday afternoon that Tom Petty is making tentative plans to take his expanded reissue of 1995’s Wildflowers out on the road. Petty, who is currently on tour with his non-Heartbreakers band Mudcrutch (go HERE to see our concert review and photo gallery from the June 2 Atlanta show), told the interviewer that the LP was originally conceived as a double album, and as a result there’s plenty of material that’s never been done in concert:
“I want to take the Heartbreakers and whoever else I need to reproduce every sound in a big way. That album was really about sound in a big way. I would like to go out there and perform the entire album as it was originally conceived with all of the songs. I’ve changed my mind [about previously rejecting the idea] because nobody has ever done something like this where you’re previewing the second part of a never-released album. How often does that happen? It’s old and new at the same time.
“Single album concerts often don’t scan right for a concert. But with the amount of material I have for the Wildflowers double album, I think I’ve got enough tempos and types of songs that I could do a live show … And it’ll be fun for the audience since there’s a bunch of songs they’ll know.”
The format and release date for the upgraded Wildflowers have not been announced yet.