Tom Petty fans are speculating over the meaning of a countdown clock that appeared on his website, with a zero date of 7AM PST on July 11.
Petty, who passed away in October, had been considering a tour based on his 1994 solo album Wildflowers - which has only ever been available as a single disc, and not the double-length version he wanted to release.
“That album was really about sound in a big way," Petty said a few months before his death. "I would like to go out there and perform the entire album as it was originally conceived with all of the songs. ... Nobody has ever done something like this, where you’re previewing the second part of a never-released album. How often does that happen? It’s old and new at the same time.”
After the countdown clock was revealed on Facebook, some fans noted that the illustration of Petty appeared to come from the Wildflowers era and began speculating about unreleased music.
Meanwhile, a 1965 Gibson SG electric guitar owned by Petty will be auctioned on July 21, with proceeds from the sale to benefit two Southern California charities – one for the homeless and one for animal rescue. The instrument was used on his 1986 tour with Bob Dylan, and was later sold to his friend, Norm Harris, who’s selling it along with one of the late artist’s top hats, which Petty had worn in a Traveling Wilburys video. Heritage Auctions estimated that the lot would sell for at least $300,000.