Full Moon Fever is getting ready to take Tom Petty's music in directions that even Petty hasn't attempted.
The tribute band has commissioned orchestral charts of Petty's music, and the band has a couple of shows booked with symphony orchestras in the next year.
Todd Sharman, who sings lead vocals and plays guitar, said he got a call out of the blue from a promoter in Dallas asking if they could do it.
''I never thought of his music as being symphony friendly, but as I listened to some of the stuff it made sense,'' he said.
Before Full Moon Fever gets orchestral, it will heat up the Warren Community Amphitheatre as the opening act of Rocktoberfest.
The band, based in Canada, has been together for 15 years, longer than most American acts, but Sharman said the tribute band concept has been popular north of the border for a long time. And Sharman decided to try being Petty.
''I guess what really blows my mind is he can write a hit song with only three chords, and he continues to write them simple and honest,'' Sharman said. ''He's one of those old-school type writers.''
Petty and the Heartbreakers have been cranking out radio hits since ''American Girl'' and ''Breakdown'' on his 1976 self-titled debut. He's been just as successful without the Heartbreakers, scoring hits with ''Free Fallin','' ''I Won't Back Down'' and ''Runnin' Down a Dream'' on his first solo album, ''Full Moon Fever.''
''We kind of span his whole history,'' Sharman said. ''And he's cranking out more hits. And with a lot his fans, they call in for songs I would never expect them to call in for. A lot of his fans don't want to just hear the hits.''
Sharman wasn't sure how long Full Moon Fever would get to play Saturday, but he was guessing they'd have about 90 minutes, which would mean concentrating on the biggest hits. Sharman said his personal favorites change, and lately he's been enjoying playing ''You Got Lucky'' and ''Good to Be the King.''
One of the toughest songs in Petty's repertoire also is one of the most popular.
'''Don't Come Around Here No More' is one of the most challenging tunes because it uses drum machines and that sitar sound,'' he said. ''And some of the stuff he did with Jeff Lynne is very produced, and it's hard to try to reproduce the sounds and tones he comes up with.''