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Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers coming to the Gorge June 11 & 12, tickets on sale Saturday

Another couple of dates on the Gorge’s summer calendar got filled when it was announced last week that Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers will be performing at the Gorge June 11 and June 12.

The tour is in support of Petty and the Heartbreakers new album, Mojo, which is set to be released later this spring. The album is Petty and the Heartbreakers first in eight years. Tickets for the shows go on sale March 8 (ticket prices have yet to be announced) and when you buy a ticket to the show you’ll be given a download code for two tracks from Mojo (“First Flash Of Freedom” and “Good Enough”). When the album is released you will be given a download code for the rest of the record. Also included with every online ticket purchase,will be a selection of live tracks recorded during the tour. Those will be delivered at the end of the 2010 tour. The first single from Mojo, “Good Enough,” is now streaming at Tom Petty’s Web site.

Opening for Petty and the Heartbreakers at the Gorge is Joe Cocker. Other openers throughout the tour include My Morning Jacket, ZZ Top, Crosby, Stills and Nash and Drive-By Truckers. Of course we’ll be getting a headlining set from MMJ at Sasquatch! this year and the Truckers will also be at Saquatch! but unfortunately they will likely get a shortened festival set time. Hopefully Patterson Hood and the rest of the DBTs come back to the Seattle area for a full show later this year.

Gorge Amphitheatre to get new stage, ‘overhaul’ to front of house

Earlier today Live Nation announced that there will be some big changes to the Gorge Amphitheatre. Namely the stage and rigging systems are  being replaced with upgraded models. The work is being done by Mountain Productions.

The old stage has been a recognizable part of the unique backdrop at the Gorge for many years,” Danny Wilde, Senior vice president for Live Nation venues in the Pacific Northwest said in a press release. “But the needs of the modern touring production have outgrown the old guy, so it is time to replace it with a new system that will ensure Live Nation is able to continue to bring the biggest and the best touring artists in the world to this unbelievable location.”

Along with replacing the stage, the project also involves improvements to the backstage facilities as well as improvements to the front of the venue. The new stage is the first phase of a “lengthy plan to overhaul the front of the house,” according to Live Nation officials. No futher details about what these improvements involve was provided. I’ve sent an email to Live Nation asking for additional information and I will update this post if I get a response. Pictured above is a new roof for Gorge Amphitehatre stage being installed.