Despite a public conflict between Tom Petty and EDC owner Pasquele Rotella, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers still managed to achieve their first-ever number one album in the US this past week. The group’s thirteenth LP, Hypnotic Eye, sold 131,000 copies in its debut week, showing that even after 38 years in the industry, rock and roll lives on.

Just before the July 29th release of Hypnotic Eye via Reprise Records, Petty publicly criticized EDM in an interview with USA Today. In particular, he claimed that the Electric Daisy Carnival festival would not be enjoyable without the drugs and that sending kids to the desert would obviously lead to occasional deaths.

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The negative part of the interview caught the attention of Insomniac Productions CEO Pasquele Rotella, but people failed to notice what Petty said later in the original interview. After unveiling his feelings about the concept of watching a DJ perform, Petty stated that he believes rock and roll will come back and that though the genre is being temporarily pushed aside by rap and pop, it will thrive again one day. He sees the light at the end of the tunnel and has hope for the future of music. The reception of his album proves that people out there still know good music when they hear it, and that rock and roll certainly is not dead.

In today’s world of Spotify, Soundcloud, YouTube, and countless sites to stream or download music, sometimes it seems like the industry might crumble to the ground, so when a good record reaches the number one spot (like Weird Al Yankovic’s newest masterpiece, Mandatory Fun, did a few weeks ago), light pours over the industry as if Gandalf himself galloped down the hillside on the sunrise of the third day. When talented artists who make timeless music get recognition for their work, it restores all faith in humanity.

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers will be wrapping up their current US tour with two shows at The Forum in October.

Tom Petty Tour Dates:

08/07 – Eugene, OR – Matthew Knight Arena
08/09 – San Francisco, CA – Outside Lands Festival
08/12 – Portland, OR – Moda Center
08/14 – Vancouver, BC – Pepsi Live At Rogers Arena
08/15 – George, WA – The Gorge
08/17 – Edmonton, AB – Rexall Place
08/19 – Calgary, AB – Scotiabank Saddledome
08/21 – Winnipeg, MB – MTS Centre
08/23 – Chicago, IL – United Center
08/24 – Clarkston, MI – DTE Energy Music Theatre
08/26 – Toronto, ON – Air Canada Centre
08/28 – Montreal, QC – Bell Centre
08/30 – Boston, MA – Fenway Park
08/31 – Portland, ME – Cumberland County Civic Center
09/06 – Arrington, VA – Lockn’ Festival
09/07 – Darien Center, NY – Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
09/10 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
09/11 – Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts Center
09/13 – Hartford, CT – XL Center
09/15 – Philadelphia, PA – Wells Fargo Center
09/16 – Allentown, PA – PPL Center
09/18 – Raleigh, NC – PNC Arena
09/20 – West Palm Beach, FL – Cruzan Amphitheater
09/21 – Tampa, FL Tampa Bay – Times Forum
09/23 – Nashville, TN – Bridgestone Arena
09/25 – Houston, TX – Toyota Center
09/26 – Dallas, TX – American Airlines Center
09/28 – Tulsa, OK – BOK Center
09/30 – Morrison, CO – Red Rocks Amphitheatre
10/01 – Morrison, CO – Red Rocks Amphitheatre
10/03 – Denver, CO – Red Rocks Amphitheater
10/07 – Anaheim, CA – Honda Center
10/10 – Los Angeles, CA – The Forum
10/11 – Los Angeles, CA – The Forum

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