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Heartbreaker Guitarist Mike Campbell Salutes Tom Petty At L.A. Charity Gig

Heartbreakers guitarist, and Tom Petty‘s right hand man for over 40 years, Mike Campbell, paid tribute to his fallen bandmate on Saturday night (January 27th) in Anaheim, California. Best Classic Bands reported that Campbell and his side band the Dirty Knobs, were playing at the Imperial Ball, a charity event at the Anaheim Center for the Performing Arts to raise money for homeless people who have since moved on from living on the street. Joining the group was old friend Stephen Stills. On April 21st Campbell, along with fellow Heartbreakers Benmont Tench and Steve Ferrone, will make their first live appearance together since Tom Petty’s death when they’ll regroup to perform at Stephen Stills’ “Light Up The Blues” Autism benefit concert at L.A.’s Dolby Theater.

At Saturday night’s gig, Campbell took time out to talk about Tom Petty, saying, “I want to do something for my friend — your friend — who we lost about four months ago. I want to explain why I want to do this tonight. I never play Heartbreakers songs with the Dirty Knobs out of respect. But I was talking to a friend of mine. . . and I told her how sad I was that I’ll never play these songs again with my friend. And she said, ‘That’s right; you won’t. But some night you’ll play them for him. So tonight, these two songs are for my friend Tom. We all miss you Tom.”

Campbell then took the lead on the 2010 Mojo standout “Something Good Coming” and 1989’s Petty solo hit, “Runnin’ Down A Dream,” which Campbell co-wrote. Stills joined in on his 1970 solo hit, “Love The One You’re With.”