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Chris Stapleton Among Openers for Tom Petty’s 40th Anniversary Tour

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Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers are going on a reunion tour, and Chris Stapleton is along for (some of) the ride. The legendary rocker Petty influence spans far and wide, including in country music.

The 40th Anniversary Tour kicks off in Oklahoma City on April 20th and concludes in Queens, New York on July 27th. Most of the tour features fellow guitar legend Joe Walsh, whose biggest years came as a member of the Eagles. But approximately three dates feature Chris Stapleton as the opener.

Those tickets, we suspect, will sell quickly.

There is a bit of irony to Stapleton’s inclusion of the tour bill. After Petty blasted mainstream country in 2013, Stapleton penned him an open letter, inviting him to come to Nashville to collaborate. As far as we know, that meeting never happened. Four years later, it seems everything has come full circle.

Stapleton joins Tom Petty on June 29th at Wrigley Field in Chicago (wow) and in Milwaukee on July 5th and 6th. Those last two gigs take place during the several weeks-long music event Summerfest.

Stapleton, who traces much of his music history to rock bands, makes perfect sense as an opener for Petty. Too bad it’s only for a few shows!

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers released their classic debut album 40 years ago. To commemorate the event, Petty is offering box sets featuring 180 gram vinyl copies of everything he’s done. All of it. Of course, that’s too much for one set. So he broke it down into two, the studio albums from 1976-1991 and from 1994-2014. Each set runs nearly $250.

Meanwhile, tickets for the 30-date tour go on sale Dec. 16th at 10 a.m. Set your alarm!

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