Oh, wow.  What “coincidental” timing:

Petty & Heartbreakers announce new tour
01/24/2008 1:00 PM, AP
Nekesa Mumbi Moody

Tom Petty says he’s not much of a football fan, but playing the Super Bowl halftime show was an offer he couldn’t refuse.

“The most significant thing about it is the people watching worldwide … it’s probably the biggest audience you can have I would imagine,” the 57-year-old singer told The Associated Press.

“It’s quite an honor to be asked, if you look at the people who have done it, it’s a very elite crowd … it’s a great opportunity to play for the whole world at once,” Petty said.

Tickets for Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers’ North American tour go on sale the day after their Feb. 3 performance at the Super Bowl halftime in Glendale, Ariz. Steve Winwood is slated to be the special opening act.

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