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Bogdanovich to film Petty tour for documentary

‘Last Picture Show’ director will chronicle Heartbreakers 30-year career
/ Source: The Associated Press

Film director Peter Bogdanovich is tagging along to film a documentary on the upcoming Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers concert tour.

"We've given him access we've never given anybody," Petty said as dates were announced for the Highway Companion Tour, kicking off June 9 in Charlotte, N.C.

Pearl Jam, Trey Anastasio and the Allman Brothers Band will share the bill at some performances and more guests will be added. Petty is currently putting finishing touches on his solo "Highway Companion" album.

Bogdanovich, whose motion picture credits include "The Last Picture Show," "Paper Moon" and "Mask," will join the tour for a feature film documentary chronicling the band's three-decade career.

Bogdanovich began filming the documentary late last year.

"We're trying to give a sense of what happened to this group of kids that came from Gainesville, Florida — how they made the big time," Bogdanovich said. "How did that change them, and how did they change the world?

"I'm not an expert on Tom Petty, I'm just a fan. But what appeals to me is that he's a real American artist — an impressionist — very much of the American grain."

Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002, have sold more than 50 million records in the past 30 years.