Bogdanovich to Film Tom Petty Tour

The Associated Press
Tuesday, April 25, 2006; 5:05 PM

LOS ANGELES -- Peter Bogdanovich will tag along with Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers to film their upcoming concert tour for a documentary.

Bogdanovich, who directed "The Last Picture Show" and "Paper Moon," began work late last year on a feature film documentary chronicling the band's three-decade career.

"We've given him access we've never given anybody," Petty, 55, said as the dates were announced for the Highway Companion Tour, which will open 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, according to band's Web site. Petty is putting the finishing touches on his solo "Highway Companion" album.

"We're trying to give a sense of what happened to this group of kids that came from Gainesville, Fla. _ 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," the 66-year-old director said. "But what appeals to me is that he's a real American artist _ an impressionist _ very much of the American grain."

Other stops on the tour include the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival near Manchester, Tenn.; St. Louis; New York City; Indianapolis; Milwaukee; and Denver.


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