Tom Petty was planning a 'Wildflowers' tour

music news 19/10/2017

Before his death earlier this month, Tom Petty was reportedly planning a tour around his 1994 solo album Wildflowers.

According to Rolling Stone, the singer and songwriter had recruited Norah Jones for the tour.

Petty had previously said he wanted to expand Wildflowers into a two-disc set as originally planned, and then perform the entire album that way onstage.

"That would have been smaller-scale, away from the hits," Heartbreakers guitarist Mike Campbell told Rolling Stone. "[But] plans for that somehow evolved into 'It's the 40th year. Let's do this tour first.'"

"He asked me to call some people and see if they would come on the road and perform it with him," Tony Dimitriades, Petty's longtime manager, told Rolling Stone. "One – and she said yes immediately – was Norah Jones."

“That album was really about sound in a big way," Petty told Rolling Stone last year. "I would like to go out there and perform the entire album as it was originally conceived with all of the songs. ... 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.”

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers had wrapped up their 40th anniversary tour a week before he died on October 2nd, after suffering a cardiac arrest. 

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