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Tom Petty plays at Summerfest on Friday, June 25.

Update: Tom Petty adds second Summerfest date


Last week Summerfest announced a Friday, June 25 date with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers and ZZ Top. Today they added another show the following night.

"Due to an amazing amount of emails, calls and excitement about the Tom Petty with ZZ Top show at Summerfest, we are adding a second date," said Summerfest's Clint Baer.

The second show is at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, June 26 in the Marcus Amphitheater.

Tickets go on sale Saturday, March 6 at 10 a.m. and are available for $112 (red), $92 (yellow), $72 (bench) and $42 (lawn). All prices include Summerfest admission.

The dates are smack dab in the middle of the tour for Petty's new disc, "Mojo," his first studio project in eight years, due for spring release on Reprise Records. The tour starts May 6 in Raleigh, N.C. and ends Aug. 27 in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

ZZ Top opens the Milwaukee shows. Other openers on the tour include My Morning Jacket, Crosby, Stills and Nash, Joe Cocker and Drive-By Truckers.

Petty and the Heartbreakers, who were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002, have played The Big Gig numerous times over the years. Petty reportedly loves the venue and has an affinity for Milwaukee, which was one of the band's stronger markets during the late 1970s and early 1980s and was the hometown of the late Howie Epstein, who played bass for the group for 20 years. Epstein died in 2003 due to complications from drug use.

Fans buying tickets online will get a code to download two tracks from "Mojo." When the record is officially released, those purchasers will get a download of the entire album sent to them. At the end of the tour, the online buyers will get a selection of live tracks recorded during the jaunt.


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D.O. | March 3, 2010 at 7:26 a.m. (report)

Why would they tack on TP to the ZZ TOP show ? With 2 open dates, each band could have headlined their own shows, each has a substantial catalog, and fan base to support this. I guess it's not as bad as the Super Bowl selections.

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devidia | March 2, 2010 at 12:09 p.m. (report)

Wow!!! So far we have 2 Tom Petty shows and a country western act lined up. Old White Guy Fest, er, I mean Summerfest's schedule is shaping up as another bland year. Does the Summerfest board even understand the meaning of the word "diversity"?

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ActionDan | Feb. 25, 2010 at 4:29 p.m. (report)

I do agree that Summerfest really mails in their lineup every year, lately. Fortunately, Tom is one of a very select few "reruns" that I welcome with open arms. One of the tightest road bands in the business, and from what Tom has said of the tone of this new album and the first track that's out there..... I'm ready!

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gregrnel | Feb. 25, 2010 at 1:27 p.m. (report)

Wow, Tom Petty at SF!! Now that's what I call thinking outside the box!

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curlyboy1978 | Feb. 25, 2010 at 12:55 p.m. (report)

Yawn. It'll sell out for sure..but I agree w/ the same acts ever year. SF has become lazy.

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