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Heartbreakers’ Mike Campbell bringing new band the Dirty Knobs to Tampa

The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer will play his first Tampa date since Tom Petty’s death at the Orpheum.
The Dirty Knobs, featuring Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers guitarist Mike Campbell, second from left, will perform at the Orpheum in Tampa's Ybor City on April 28. [Courtesy of the Dirty Knobs]
The Dirty Knobs, featuring Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers guitarist Mike Campbell, second from left, will perform at the Orpheum in Tampa's Ybor City on April 28. [Courtesy of the Dirty Knobs]
Published Jan. 13
Updated Jan. 13

It’s not every day that a Rock and Roll Hall of Famer plays a small club in Ybor City.

It’s not every day that a member of Florida’s favorite sons the Heartbreakers come to town, either.

But those two rare events will converge this spring when Mike Campbell, the guitarist for Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, brings his new band the Dirty Knobs to the Orpheum in Tampa’s Ybor City.

Campbell on Monday announced a string of U.S. dates in support of the Dirty Knobs’ forthcoming album Wreckless Abandon, due March 20. The last stop is at the Orpheum on April 28. Tickets are $30 and up, and they go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday. Click here for details.

While the late Tom Petty was, of course, Tom Petty, Campbell is a rock legend in his own right. He appeared on almost every Heartbreakers and Petty solo record, including co-writing songs like You Wreck Me, You Got Lucky and Runnin’ Down a Dream.

Related: Review: Fleetwood Mac, remade and re-energized, salutes Tom Petty at Tampa's Amalie Arena

He also co-wrote and played on Don Henley’s The Boys of Summer and The Heart of the Matter, and has performed and recorded with Bob Dylan, Stevie Nicks, Roy Orbison and Aretha Franklin, among countless others. In 2018, he joined Fleetwood Mac, replacing the ousted Lindsey Buckingham.

The Dirty Knobs’ April 28 Tampa concert will be a special one, but check out the rest of the dates. They’re also performing on April 26 in Gainesville, and if you don’t think Campbell’s homecoming will be an emotional one, think again.

Click here for the Dirty Knobs’ full list of 2020 tour dates.

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