On the way to the Sprint Center: Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers

Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers will be at the Sprint Center July 13.

Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Monday, March 8.

The tour, announced this morning, backs the release of Mojo, the band's first studio album in eight years. It's set for release this spring. The North American tour, produced by Live Nation, starts May 6 in Raleigh, NC.

Special guest artists on the tour will include a mix of appearances by My Morning Jacket, Crosby, Stills and Nash, Joe Cocker, ZZ Top, and Drive-By Truckers.

The Drive-By Truckers will open in Kansas City.

Live Nation says all tour tickets bought online will include an MP3 download of every track on the Heartbreakers' new album, Mojo.

Once fans buy tickets online, they will receive an e-mail with codes allowing them to download two tracks from Mojo ("First Flash Of Freedom" and "Good Enough.") Then, on the release date of the album, ticket buyers will be sent a download of the entire album.

Also included with every online ticket purchase, to be delivered at the end of the 2010 tour, will be a selection of live tracks recorded during the tour.

| Keith Robison, The Star