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Rock 20/09/2006

Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers Go Home to Sold Out Concert in Gainesville, Florida This Thursday

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LOS ANGELES, CA (American Recordings) - It's going to be a huge homecoming for Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers this Thursday, September 21, when they return to Gainesville, Florida, to perform in concert for the first time in 13 years. Petty, guitarist Mike Campbell, and keyboardist Benmont Tench were born and raised in and around Gainesville, and bassist Ron Blair lived in the area for many years.

Gainesville's Mayor Pegeen Hanrahan will present the band with the Key to the City as well as proclaiming September 21 to be "Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers Day." Tom will also be presented with the University of Florida's Distinguished Achievement Award which is given to individuals for exceptional achievements in a chosen profession, for demonstrated leadership, and for other exemplary accomplishments that merit the special recognition of the university.

The Gainesville concert, which sold out in ten minutes, will be broadcast live (tape delayed in a handful of cities) by Westwood One to some 100 radio stations across the U.S. A list of those radio stations and markets appears below. The concert will also be filmed for a two-hour TV special with details forthcoming.

Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers' Gainesville show and recognitions come in the midst of Leg Three of their "Highway Companion" 2006 North American Summer Tour that celebrates their 30th Anniversary. With more than a half-million tickets sold to date, house records set in many cities, reviews like SPIN's, "Suddenly, Tom Petty is the coolest rocker on Earth," and a continuously changing all-star line-up comprised of friends and special guests such as Pearl Jam, Stevie Nicks, Trey Anastasio, The Allman Brothers Band, John Mayer, Frank Black, Jackson Browne and the Strokes - who will open Thursday's Gainesville show - this is proving to be one of the Heartbreakers' most successful tours ever.

Radio stations set to air Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers' Gainesville, Florida, concert; check your local listings for the exact date and time:
WAXQ-FM * New York, NY WPYX-FM * Albany, NY
KLOS-FM * Los Angeles, CA KTMC-FM * McAlester, OK
WXRT-FM * Chicago, IL WZEW-FM * Mobile, AL
WMGK-FM * Philadelphia, PA WKQQ-FM * Lexington, KY
WZLX-FM * Boston, MA WYRO-FM * McArthur, OH
KFOG-FM * San Francisco, CA KWKR-FM * Leoti, KS
KFFG-FM * San Jose, CA WXKR-FM * Toledo, OH
WCSX-FM * Detroit, MI KLPX-FM * Tucson, AZ
KSLX-FM * Phoenix, AZ KGGO-FM * Des Moines, IA
WONE-FM * Akron/Cleveland, OH KKID-FM * Salem, MO
WBGG-FM * Miami, FL WDML-FM * Paducah, IL
KRFX-FM * Denver, CO WGKC-FM * Champaign, IL
WNDD-FM * Gainesville, FL WTAK-FM * Huntsville, AL
WDVE-FM * Pittsburgh, PA WIBA-FM * Madison, WI
KVMX-FM * Portland, OR WSKZ-FM * Chattanooga, TN
WRNR-FM * Annapolis/Baltimore, MD KOKZ-FM * Waterloo, IA
WTTS-FM * Indianapolis, IN WMXR-FM * Lebanon, NH/VT
KGB-FM * San Diego, CA KCQQ-FM * Davenport, IA
WEGI-FM * Nashville, TN WBVE-FM * Johnstown, NY
KLBJ-FM * Austin, TX WMKX-DM * Johnston, NY
WKLH-FM * Milwaukee, WI WJNG-FM * Johnston, NY
WLAV-FM * Grand Rapids, MI WAQY-FM * Springfield, MA
WTUE-FM * Dayton, OH WMMQ-FM * East Lansing, MI
KXPT-FM * Las Vegas, NV KPFX-FM * Fargo, ND
KMKX-FM * Ft. Bragg, CA KBDN-FM * Bandon/Eugene, OR
KSEG-FM * Sacramento, CA KTYD-FM * Santa Barbara, CA
KCRF-FM * Lincoln City, OR KHIP-FM * Monterey, CA
WBBB-FM * Raleigh, NC KDVV-FM * Topeka, KS
WKGR-FM * West Palm Beach, FL WIJH-FM * Ashland, WI
WTPA-FM * Harrisburg, PA KBYZ-FM * Bismarck, ND
KTWY-FM * Bishop, WA WNDT-FM * Ocala, FL
KQOB-FM * Oklahoma City, OK WRLF-FM * Clarksburg, WV
KDAG-FM * Albuquerque, NM WMUT-FM * Greenwood, MO
WGRF-FM * Buffalo, NY KOZB-FM * Livingston, MT
WJAA-FM * Louisville, KY KWFR-FM * San Angelo, TX
WCJX-FM * Five Pts, FL KASS-FM * Casper, WY
WCZX-FM * Wilkes Barre, PA WOZI-FM * Presque, ME
WPZX-FM * Pocono Pines, PA

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