A chat with guitarist Mike Campbell of Tom Petty's Heartbreakers
In strictly rock 'n' roll terms, Mike Campbell is a bit of a bigamist. For almost four decades, the guitar god has been married to one woman, Marcie. But for nearly the length of their marriage, Marcie has had to share her Hall of Fame hubby with another demanding spouse: Tom Petty, who has stood shoulder-to-shoulder with Campbell since the gritty Florida boys were called Mudcrutch, the '70s house band at Dub's in Gainesville.
"We admire and respect each other, but there's friction, too, good friction," Campbell says of Petty, who calls the lead guitarist the "co-captain" of the entire TP and the Heartbreakers ensemble. "It's kind of like, 'I don't like the way you're doing that!' 'Well, f--- you!' That sort of thing."
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers perform with ZZ Top at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the St. Pete Times Forum in Tampa. Tickets are $45-$125. Click here for details.
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