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February 2003

Happy Birthday Mike Campbell, 
born on February 1, 1950 in Panama City, Florida. 


January 2003

Tom Petty and Mike are featured in the January 2003 issue of Guitar World magazine. Mike talks about the Last DJ album -- his experience relating to money-oriented changes in the music business, the process of song development in the album and the guitars and equipment used to achieve desired sounds. To read about Mike's album contributions, "swirling arpeggios", "unique, trebly, crystalline, wah tones" and more, click here to order your copy.


December 2002

December 24, 2002 -- Mike, Ron Blair and Jason Sinay join Terry Reid, Keith Allison, Phil Jones and others on stage at the Joint in Los Angeles for a wonderful night of music and holiday celebration. Some of the songs they played were: Boom Boom, Whiter Shade of Pale, Revolution, Powder Finger, Cinnamon Girl, Hey Joe, Road Runner, Guitar Boogie Shuffle, Apeman, Roadrunner, Like a Rolling Stone, Greensleaves, Jumpin Jack Flash, Hey Joe (Mike dedicated this song to Joe Strummer), Guitar Boogie Shuffle, Get Back and others. 

Many thanks to Beth and Linda (Refugee) for the information posted on the forums.


November 2002

November 29, 2002 -- Tom Petty and the heartbreakers join George Harrison's friends and family for a celebration of his life and music at Royal Albert Hall, in London. 

Tribute Article From
Tribute Article from
BBC Tribute Page


July 2002

Mike plays on the soundtrack of the Disney movie, "The Country Bears"

He plays guitar on: "Where Nobody Knows My Name" and "Straight To The Heart Of Love"


July 2002

Mike Campbell and  Benmont Tench join J.J. Cale on Tuesday, July 2, 2002, at Chicago's Park West. 

From Suntimes.Com.....

"There was inspiration in the perspiration as Campbell and Tench clearly had a good time. They traded off on solos on 'Call Me the Breeze' (popularized by Lynyrd Skynyrd), and Tench met the challenge of trying to play subdued Jerry Lee Lewis-style piano riffs. Campbell turned to slide guitar for 'Crazy Mama' and approached 'Sensitive Kind' (covered by Santana) with the similar adventure of Carlos Santana.

"The guest Heartbreakers meshed nicely with Cale's regular band: ex-Merle Haggard and Hoyt Axton guitarist Christine Lakeland, Tulsa-based bassist Bill Raffensperger and percussionist James Cruce, who performed on a mini-trap set. The ringer of the set had to be the group's hard-driving take on 'Anyway the Wind Blows,' an obscure Cale composition that was the title track of a 1995 Brother Phelps album................

".........Campbell and Tench later locked in on the Cale classics 'Cocaine' and a deep swamp version of 'I'll Make Love to You Anytime,' which was the show's first encore. Cale, his band and the Heartbreakers ended the evening with an extended cover of 'Goin' Down,' popularized by the Jeff Beck Band, but in actuality a continuation of St. Louis Jimmy Oden's 1930s blues standard 'Goin Down Slow.'"

Click on the link below for the complete article....

(Many thanks to Brigitte, Sandy and Len for posting this information on the TP mailing list.) 


Coming Soon ... 2002 Tour Info

Click Here For More Photos Of the 2002 Tour


March 2002

YeeeHaw and Whoo-Hoo!! Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers were inducted into the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame!

(Left to Right) Benmont Tench, Mike Campbell, Tom Petty, Howie Epstein, Stan Lynch and Ron Blair -- inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Monday, March 18, 2002, at the New York's Waldorf Astoria. (AP Photo/Ed Betz)

From ....The Seventeenth Annual Induction Ceremony was held in New York on Monday, March 18, 2002. VH1aired the ceremony at 9:00pm (ET/PT) on March 20th, 2002.

Check out the links below for more information.... 

Rolling Stone's Induction Ceremony Wrap-Up

Rolling Stone article at


February 2002

Mike Jams with J.J. Cale

During a couple of J.J. Cale's recent Southern California performances, Mike joined J.J. on stage, for two awesome evenings of music.  At the Ventura Theatre (2/20/02),  Mike played with J.J. on "Cocaine", "After Midnight" and "Anyway the Wind Blows." At the Roxy Theatre on 2/24/02, he accompanied J.J on "Cocaine," "Magnolia," "Crazy Mama," "Tijuana," "Going Down," and "Anyway the Wind Blows."

(Many Thanks To Beth and Gina for posting this info on the DK forum.)   

For more info about J.J. Cale, go to


Many thanks to Mudcrutch (Ryan) for posting this info on the DK forum...


February 1, 2002
Fans Can Send Happy Birthday Emails To Heartbreaker Mike Campbell

*** We are making it possible for fans to send Mike Campbell a "Happy Birthday" email and we will post it under this "News" headline. Please send your Birthday wishes by February 1 in order to make sure they are posted on this site []. Please put Subject: Mike Campbell Birthday and send your messages for Mike to:
*** We anticipate a huge amount of messages from Mike Campbell fans, so it may be necessary to edit some (not all) in length. We will take special care with each email to keep the main part regarding his birthday in the printed message. By emailing your messages to the above address, you are giving us permission to print them here [].

Cathy Buffington,, January, 2002.


December 2001

The Dirty Knobs will appear at The Coach House; 
110 Santa Barbara St.; Santa Barbara, CA on December 9, 2001 


The Dirty Knobs will appear at the Sweetwater in Mill Valley, CA on December 23, 2001 -- (

Tickets available at

For updates, check out the Dirty Knobs Forum Site 

The Dirty Knobs Fan Site

or The Dirty Knobs forum.


October 2001

The Dirty Knobs will appear at the Sweetwater in Mill Valley, CA on October 11, 2001 -- (

Tickets available at

For updates, check out the Dirty Knobs Forum Site 

The Dirty Knobs Fan Site

or The Dirty Knobs forum.


Mike will be sitting in with Los Straitjackets at The Mint in Los Angeles on October 10.


September 2001

TPATH will appear on the "America: A Tribute to Heroes" 
program on September 21, 2001.

Billed as "an unforgettable and uplifting evening filled with music, memories, hope and inspiration," the event will be simulcast live and commercial-free on ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox from 9-11 p.m. ET and 8-10 p.m. CT (it will be tape-delayed in Mountain and Pacific time zones). In addition, the feed is being made available to all other broadcast and cable networks and radio stations, with the WB, UPN, E!, MTV and VH1 among those planning to carry the telethon. (E! is also planning a one-hour preshow airing at 8 p.m. ET/PT that will heighten awareness of the telethon and provide a preview of what has gone into making the event happen.) A Webcast is also expected.,1,8844,00.html


Mike talks about TPATH and The Dirty Knobs in a article.


August 2001

Another Side Project For Mike Campbell

Mike, Ron Blair, Steve Ferrone and Jason Sinay, collectively known as The Dirty Knobs, have been playing at small clubs in California.

Check out the latest club dates, news, reviews and more at The Dirty Knobs fan forum.


July 2001

Mike will be appearing on the to-be-released Los Straitjackets record "Sing Along with... Los Straitjackets".  The record comes out on the 25th of Sept. Mike plays guitar on "Bumble Bee."

Many Thanks to Marc Schatz of  Yep Roc Records and Redeye Promotions for sending us the info. 

If you're not familiar with the band, they play surf music and perform in wrestling masks. 

Check out their very cool web site...


May 2001

From the Blue Stingrays message board
 at Yahoo and the TP newsgroup.

"You can see and hear Mike Campbell playing in an online video he made with Robin Zander of Cheap Trick. It's a song Robin did called "I've Always Got You" and it's on the Cheap Trick website, or you can try this direct link:

Mike plays some slide guitar and you can tell it's his signature sound."

Yahoo: Blue Stingray Surf Club

Many Thanks to Kramerkgk & Bunezuela
 for posting the messages.


May 2001

2001 Tour Photos


Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers' Tour Dates 


05/09/2001 - Corvallis, OR - Gill Coliseum

05/11/2001 - Boise, ID - Idaho Center

05/12/2001 - George, WA - The Gorge

05/15/2001 - Denver, CO - Red Rocks

05/16/2001 - Denver, CO - Red Rocks

05/18/2001 - Houston, TX - Woodlands

05/19/2001 - San Antonio, TX - Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre

05/21/2001 - Dallas, TX - Smirnoff Music Center

05/24/2001 - Santa Barbara, CA - Santa Barbara County Bowl

05/25/2001 - Santa Barbara, CA - Santa Barbara County Bowl

05/27/2001 - Sacramento, CA - Sacramento Valley Amphitheatre

05/28/2001 - Concord, CA - Chronicle Pavilion

05/30/2001 - San Diego, CA - Open Air Theatre

06/01/2001 - Las Vegas, NV - The Joint (The Hard Rock Hotel)

06/02/2001 - Las Vegas, NV - The Joint (The Hard Rock Hotel)

06/27/2001 - Scranton, PA - Coors Light Amph. @ Montage Mtn. 

06/28/2001 - Philadelphia, PA (Camden, NJ) - Tweeter Waterfront

06/30/2001 - Bristow, VA (Washington, D.C.) - Nissan Pavilion at Stoneridge

07/01/2001 - Holmdel, NJ - PNC Bank Arts Center

07/04/2001 - Milwaukee, WI - Summerfest at Marcus Amphitheatre 

07/05/2001 - Long Island, NY (Wantagh, NY) - Jones Beach Theatre

07/07/2001 - Saratoga Springs, NY - Saratoga Performing Arts Center

07/08/2001 - Boston, MA - Tweeter Center For The Performing Arts

07/10/2001 - Pittsburgh, PA - Post Gazette Pavilion

07/12/2001 - Clarkston, MI - DTE Energy Music Theatre

07/14/2001 - Atlanta, GA - Lakewood Amphitheatre

07/15/2001 - Nashville, TN - Amsouth Amphitheatre

07/17/2001 - Columbus, OH - Polaris Amphitheatre

07/18/2001 - Kansas City, MO (Bonner Springs, KS) - Sandstone Amphitheatre

07/20/2001 - Chicago, IL - Tweeter Center

07/21/2001 - Indianapolis, IN - Verizon Wireless Music Center

Go to the website, and click on "news" for updates.

Other Tour Information Sites:


May 2001

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers  tour dates mentioned in "USA Today."

Many thanks to Mike (mbeckbike) for posting this on the official BBS. 


February 27,  2001 

Mike appears on Stevie Nicks' new album, "Trouble In Shangri-La".

Some Song Credits From The Album:


" Too Far From Texas" 

Produced by Mike Campbell, Sheryl Crow, and Stevie Nicks
Drums: Steve Ferrone
Bass: Sheryl Crow
Guitars: Mike Campbell and Waddy Wachtel
Hammond B3 Organ: Benmont Tench


"It's Only Love" 

Produced by Sheryl Crow
Drums: Brian MacLeod
Bass: Dan Rothchild
Guitar: Sheryl Crow and Mike Campbell
Keyboards: Benmont Tench
Background vocals: Sheryl Crow


Due out May 1, Trouble In Shangri-La features a 13 tracks and a wealth of collaborations with longtime cohorts and Nicks admirers. Former boyfriend and Fleetwood Mac partner Lindsey Buckingham plays and sings on one song, while Sheryl Crow co-produces and plays on others. Natalie Maines of the Dixie Chicks duets on "Too Far From Texas," pop/R&B singer and recent Grammy winner Macy Gray shows up on "Bombay Sapphire," and Lilith Fair founder Sarah McLachlan contributes piano, acoustic guitar, and backing vocals on the album-closing "Love Is." Also on hand are Benmont Tench and Mike Campbell of Tom Petty's Heartbreakers, longtime Nicks guitarist Waddy Wachtel, former John Mellencamp violinist Lisa Germano, and Nicks's backup singers Sharon Celani and Lori Nicks.


Many thanks to Brigitte for finding this article.


February 21, 2001 -- From

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers To Do A Short Tour In May! 

Great news for fans! Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers are doing a short tour this May.

The band will be playing small, medium and large venues around the Western United States and on the West Coast before
they head into the studio to begin recording.

Dates, cities, and venues are being worked out now. We won't be posting information here until details are certain. However,
the tour schedule will be posted on this site as soon as it is confirmed.

Keep checking here ( for more detailed information. And for those of you on the West Coast, be sure to keep an eye out in
your area to see if they are coming your way!


February 10, 2001 -- Unofficial Tour News -- TPATH Begins Tour In May 

This message is from a regular poster on the
newsgroup... well, as regular as it gets on the ng.

"A very reliable source confirms as of today that Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers will indeed be on Tour this summer beginning in May --- at least that is the plan as of this minute --- several venues have already been either book or are in the process of being booked!!"

February 17, 2001 -- Tour Update

In a recent visit to the TP official site's BBS, Dana York, Tom's girlfriend, confirmed that TPATH will be doing a west coast mini-tour in May.  In addition, she said that Tom and the Heartbreakers will hit the studio in June with Rick Rubin. 

Official, TPATH BBS


February 1, 2001 -- A special message from TomPetty.Com....

This year is making it possible for fans to send Mike a "Happy Birthday" email and they will post it at their website  under the "News" headline. Please put Subject: "Mike Campbell Birthday" and send your messages for Mike to: 

"We anticipate a huge amount of messages from Mike Campbell fans, so it may be necessary to edit some (not all) in length. We will take special care with each email to keep the main part regarding his birthday in the printed message. By emailing your messages to the above address, you are giving us permission to print them here (at"

For more info, click on the link below...,1842,940,00.html

Or go to and click on "news" at the menu. 


December 19, 2000 -- Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers Among Artists Performing At White House Concert Celebrating Special Olympics 

A concert in celebration of the Special Olympics titled "A Very Special Christmas from Washington, D.C." will include performances by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Tracy Chapman, Macy Gray, Jon Bon Jovi, B.B. King, Blues Traveler's John Popper, Stevie Wonder and others still to be announced. The artists will be performing holiday songs at the White House on December 14 after a reception hosted by President and Mrs. Clinton to honor the heroic achievements of a generation of Special Olympics athletes.

The taping of the live show will be on December 14 and then the 90-minute concert special will air on Turner Network Television (TNT): December 19 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT 2000

"This Christmas concert offers Special Olympics the chance to honor the courageous athletes who helped build the movement during its first 30 years," said Special Olympics President and CEO Timothy P. Shriver. "We're thrilled to be able to carry their message to an audience of millions."

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers' performance at the White House this year is not the first time they have generously done something to benefit the Special Olympics. In 1992 they recorded "Christmas All Over Again" (written by Tom Petty) and allowed it to be included on A Very Special Christmas 2, a CD honoring the Special Olympics. Royalties from the sales of this CD as well as the previous A Very Special Christmas have raised more than $65 million for Special Olympics Programs around the world.  From


TPATH performed "Christmas All Over Again" and "Little Red Rooster" at the "Very Special Christmas" event.  (Mike played a slide guitar.) The whole band backed Stevie Nicks when she sang "Silent Night." And Mike and Benmont backed Sheryl Crow for her rendition of "Run Run Rudolf," which included an awesome, rootsy rock 'n' roll solo by Mike.  


December 13, 2000 -- Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers Play At Party For Al Gore 

Only one hour after Vice President Al Gore's address conceding the presidency to George W. Bush on national television, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers were unexpectedly invited to perform at a party for Gore's supporters at the Vice President's home. Tom and the Heartbreakers (Mike Campbell, Benmont Tench, Howie Epstein, Steve Ferrone and Scott Thurston), who were in town to tape the TNT "A Very Special Christmas from Washington, D.C." television special at the White House the next night, performed an impromptu one-hour set at Gore's mansion. The band performed several of their own classic songs including "American Girl" (at the request of the Vice President himself) and "I Won't Back Down."

Tom was joined on vocals by Jon Bon Jovi, with Blues Traveler's John Popper accompanying them on harmonica. Tipper Gore joined in, playing percussion throughout. Later on, Tom sang with Stevie Wonder.  Meanwhile, the "A Very Special Christmas from Washington, D.C." program will air December 19 on TNT.



December 1, 2000 -- Mike Campbell and Ron Blair Jam at The Joint In Hollywood 

On Friday, December 1, patrons at Hollywood's popular club The Joint were treated to an impromptu performance by Heartbreaker Mike Campbell and former Heartbreaker bassist Ron Blair. Mike and Ron joined the band onstage and jammed with them for a number of songs. Their repertoire included songs from Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Jimi Hendrix, the Grateful Dead and several others.



October 2000 -- Mike will be playing with Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers At Bridge School Benefit In Mt. View, CA On October 28 & 29. 


October 2000 -- "Anthology: Through The Years"
Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
A Two CD Set 
Released by Universal Music on October 31, 2000

Universal Music

July 2000 -- Mike appears on Johnny Cash's new album, titled "American III: Solitary Man."

From Rolling Stone Magazine:
"How far along are you on the new album?"

J. Cash: "We've recorded twenty-eight songs. And I'm going to California now and hopefully in the next three weeks I'll do my vocals, and hopefully we'll finish it. So far it's acoustic -- it's only one or two guitars. We started recording it in my cabin over in the woods from my house, and we just didn't bring in a bass when we started recording, and it felt good again to do it that way. Some of the songs are just me and a guitar; sometimes there are two guitars. Sometimes Norman Blake, sometimes Randy Scruggs. And now in California, Mike Campbell of the Heartbreakers is doing a couple of guitar tracks for me."

Mike is featured on the song, "Field
Of Diamonds" Johnny Cash Article #1 Johnny Cash Article #2

The Johnny Cash Site

Our thanks to Adam Miller from the newsgroup for providing the above information.


New Info. on...

Johnny Cash & Willie Nelson Storytellers Album

Thanks to Brigitte for providing the Johnny Cash article links.


June 2000 - Mike plays on 
Buffalo Nickel's new album, "Long 33 1/3 Play" 


June 2000 -- Mike Campbell is a guest artist on The Wallflowers' new album, "Breach."

"Mike plays on the songs 'Hand me Down' and (he thinks) 'Sleepwalker.' The reason I said he thinks is because he played some overdubs for that song but can't tell if they used the overdubs or not."

 (From an anonymous source at the Petty Online message board.)


March 2000 -- Mike Campell and Benmont Tench appear on Don Henley's new album "Inside Job" -- due out May 23rd.

Mike co-wrote and plays on the title track, "Inside Job," and he plays on the track "Everything Is Different Now."

Don Henley's Official Website


January 2000 -- Grammy nominations were announced and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers along with Echo's producer Rick Rubin were honored in three categories:

Best Rock Song - "Room At The Top" - (Songwriter: Tom Petty; Performers: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers)

Best Rock Album - Echo - (Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers; Producers: Tom Petty, Mike Campbell and Rick Rubin; Engineers/Mixers: Mike Campbell and Richard Dodd)

Producer Of The Year, Non-Classical - Rick Rubin (For Echo by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers)


August 1999 -- Guitarist Mike Campbell and keyboardist Benmont Tench of Tom Petty's band the Heartbreakers joined roots-rockers Los Lobos onstage Saturday (Aug. 28) at the San Francisco club Slim's. Campbell accompanied Los Lobos for three songs, including covers of Neil Young's "Down by the River" and the Sir Douglas Quintet's "She's About a Mover." Tench added keyboards for an encore performance of the Blasters' "Marie Marie." Los Lobos had opened for Petty earlier that night, and the night before, at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, Calif. The Latin American band released the album "This Time" in July.
Los Lobos at Slim's, San Francisco CA

Click Here to download an MP3
of the song, "Up The Line," from this performance.


Mike talks about the making of "Echo" in the June 1999 Guitar Magazine. This is a British magazine that can be found in North American stores in July.

Heartbreakers Congratulate The Blue Moon Boys (photo)
Tinley Park, IL...New World Music Theater, Saturday, July 31, Heartbreakers Mike Campbell (guitar) and Benmont Tench (keys) greet Indiana Boys/winners of the " Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers Cover Contest," - The Blue Moon Boys.....

An interview with Mike ran in the August 1999 issue of Guitar World Magazine. Mike talks about his partnership with Tom and about how he wrote some of his most famous songs.

Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers On DirecTV July 17, 1999. A film has been made capturing the magic of their March 1999 run at The Fillmore in San Francisco, CA. The concert film premiers on the 17th and will be repeated throughout July and August.

Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers New Video.  Look for the new Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers new video "Swingin". It premiered on VH1 on Monday, July 19, 1999.

Mike and Tom grace the cover of the May 1999 issue of Guitar Player Magazine.  The article includes interviews with both Mike and Tom.  

1999 -- Tom Petty 

Walk Of Fame (photos)

Click Here for more information about the Star for the Heartbreakers


Photos from the 1999 Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers tour

Excerpts From Concert Reviews

(Search "Tom Petty")

Setlists From The 1999 TPATH Tour




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