Tom Petty to tour Wildflowers LP

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 16 June 2016
Tom Petty

Tom Petty

Tom Petty is considering taking his 1995 album on the road and releasing a deluxe edition of the record

Tom Petty is considering touring his 1995 LP 'Wildflowers'.

The 65-year-old rocker is hoping to release an expanded edition of his solo album that proved to be one of his most successful and has plans to hit the road in 2017 with his Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers bandmates.

He said: "I want to take the Heartbreakers and whoever else I need to reproduce every sound in a big way. I would like to go out there and perform the entire album as it was originally conceived with all of the songs."

Tom has been considering releasing a deluxe package to include the missing songs in addition to re-mastered versions of existing tracks, and he admits that there are several songs that no one has ever heard, including one featuring the vocals of Carl Wilson from the Beach Boys.

Talking about the possible release, he told Rolling Stone magazine: "I think I put four of the ['Wildflowers' outtakes] on the 'She's The One' soundtrack just to fill out the album, but they were very hastily mixed. Take 'Climb That Hill.' There's a version of that on 'She's The One', but the 'Wildflowers' one I think is extremely better. I'm gonna put that out.

"'Hung Up And Overdue' is another one we remixed and it turned into an epic. I had Carl Wilson [of the Beach Boys] and [Heartbreakers bassist] Howie Epstein singing quite a bit of harmony that didn't come through on the original. Then again, there's probably six songs that nobody has heard. There's 11 or 12 [new] songs on the album. I think people are going to like it a lot. I like it a lot."

Despite having previously rejected the idea of touring the album in its entirety Tom has since backtracked.

Tom said: "I've changed my mind because 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."

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