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Peter Bogdanovich to film Tom Petty tour
The Victoria Advocate - April 27, 2006

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- 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 fim 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.

"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."