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Tom Petty Releases New Single ‘American Dream Plan B’

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers return to their roots in ’60s garage rock on ‘American Dream Plan B,’ the first single off their upcoming album, ‘Hypnotic Eye.’

The three-minute song can be heard below care of Rolling Stone, where Petty admits the song was a tough sell to his band, whose collective reaction was silence when he first played them the song. “I said, ‘Listen, I think we have something here, but we’re going to have to get excited about it.'”

Against a tight, down-and-dirty Mike Campbell guitar riff, Petty sings the verses — which are about a guy who’s still fighting for his chance — with his trademark snarl, but the song opens up to a bright, pump-your-fist chorus. After an acoustic break, Campbell unleashes a solo straight out of ‘Louie Louie‘ before Petty returns for a final verse.

‘Hypnotic Eye’ will be released July 29, but those who pre-order the record on Amazon or iTunes beginning June 10 will be able to download five of its tracks immediately.  On Aug. 3, Petty and the Heartbreakers will embark on a two-month tour of North America. Steve Winwood is slated as the opening act.

Hear Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers Perform ‘American Dream Plan B’

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