Mike Campbell now still tours and works on albums with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers and is involved with his side-band, The Dirty Knobs. “It’s rougher-edged [than Petty’s material],” Campbell says of his Knobs. “It’s slightly over-driven, less polished, lots of Sixties influence—The Kinks, Zeppelin, the Animals. It’s something I probably should have done a long time ago, but I didn’t ’cause I was wrapped up in the Heartbreakers.” Some Dirty Knobs material has been recorded and they have more songs at the ready, but they’re not shopping for a deal and are content to work occasional club gigs in Los Angeles.
A Mike Campbell solo album won’t be released any time soon. He shrugs off the idea: “I wouldn’t want to do an all-instrumental album because I like the songs and I like to hear singers. In the Heartbreakers I’ve got a great writer and a great singer to work with on my songs. Where else would I be able to find anyone who could match Tom Petty?” […]