Mike Campbell & the Dirty Knobs Share New Music Video for ‘F*** That Guy,’ Co-Written by Chris Stapleton

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The Dirty Knobs, the musical ensemble featuring Mike Campbell of Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers fame, shot a music video just last month for a song called “F*** That Guy,” which was co-written by Chris Stapleton.

Premiered on Monday, the video features comedian Jeff Garlin and actor Danny Trejo, and depicts an all-around unlikable guy walking around pandemic-era Los Angeles, generally bringing the ire of all who encounter him.

It’s a distinctly 2020 music video made for us all right now, and it’s pretty amusing:

“‘Fuck That Guy’ is a simple song that could really be about anyone you know,” said Mike Campbell in a statement. “The video is a bizarre and darkly humorous take on 2020. It’s been a hard year. It helps to just laugh. We shot the video in September, just last month. Sometimes life ends up imitating art in almost unimaginable ways.”

Said director Gilbert Trejo:

“For the ‘Fuck That Guy’ video, we leaned into some of the motifs from my favorite silent films, creating the ‘me against the world’ character that guys like Buster Keaton or Charlie Chaplin perfected, but we stripped away what made those characters so endearing and empathetic. There’s no need to empathize with the physical embodiment of COVID—seriously, fuck that guy. The Hazmat crew was our sort of 2020 version of the Keystone Cops, always on the hunt, trying to clear the world of this asshole who’s walking around thinking ‘he’s god’s gift to man.’”

The song is featured on the new album from the Dirty Knobs, which will be released on Nov. 20. The album, originally intended to be released back in April, was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic (as well as a personal health issue faced by Campbell).

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“Wreckless Abandon” was the first song officially released from the album:

It’s worth noting that the Dirty Knobs are not a “new project” for Campbell, however. Per a news release:

The Dirty Knobs came together nearly 12 years ago, after Campbell met guitarist Jason Sinay (Neil Diamond, Ivan Neville) at a session and liked the way their guitars sounded together. What began as a less structured project for Campbell in between The Heartbreakers’ touring became something else altogether when they added the rhythm section of bassist Lance Morrison (Don Henley) and drummer Matt Laug (Slash, Alanis Morissette).

What followed was several years of intimate, almost incognito, performances in the band’s home base of Los Angeles and surrounding Southern California cities. After all those years playing together, it became clear The Dirty Knobs should take what they were doing to the next level. After Campbell’s longtime compatriot, friend and bandmate, Tom Petty, passed away in 2017, he knew the only way to heal some of the pain was to throw himself wholeheartedly back into his music.

“Losing Tom was earth-shattering for me. It was a total shock,” Campbell says. “It had felt like we would be playing together forever. For a while it was hard to imagine playing in my own band again, let alone one where I’m the frontman. Tom was always my beacon. But everything I’ve been doing since Tom passed, including this album with The Dirty Knobs, is in the spirit of honoring what we did together.”

As of now, the Dirty Knobs are planning a series of tour dates in 2021 — the schedule, pending any further adjustments:

June 5, 2021 /// San Bernardino, CA /// Glen Helen Amphitheater*
June 10, 2021 /// Nampa, ID /// Arena at Ford Idaho Center*
June 11, 2021 /// Ridgefield, WA /// Sunlight Supply Amphitheater*
June 12, 2021 /// George, WA /// Gorge Amphitheatre*
June 17, 2021 /// Bakersfield, CA /// Mechanics Bank Theater*
June 18, 2021 /// Wheatland, CA /// Toyota Amphitheatre*
June 19, 2021 /// Mountain View, CA /// Shoreline Amphitheatre*
June 24, 2021 /// West Valley City, UT /// USANA Amphitheatre*
June 25, 2021 /// Denver, CO /// Pepsi Center*
June 26, 2021 /// Denver, CO /// Pepsi Center*
July 17, 2021 /// Chicago, IL /// Wrigley Field*
September 8, 2021 /// Tampa, FL /// The Orpheum
September 10, 2021 /// Gainesville, FL /// High Dive
September 11, 2021 /// Gainesville, FL /// High Dive
September 14, 2021 /// Nashville, TN /// Brooklyn Bowl
September 15, 2021 /// Alexandria, VA /// The Birchmere
September 18-19, 2021 /// Asbury Park, NJ /// Sea. Hear. Now Festival
September 21, 2021 /// Brooklyn, NY /// Brooklyn Bowl
September 23, 2021 /// Allston, MA /// Brighton Music Hall
September 24, 2021 /// Allston, MA /// Brighton Music Hall
September 26, 2021 /// Derry, NH /// Tupelo Music Hall
September 28, 2021 /// Ridgefield, CT /// The Ridgefield Playhouse
September 30, 2021 /// Philadelphia, PA /// World Café Live
October 2, 2021 /// Indianapolis, IN /// Hi-Fi
October 3, 2021 /// Indianapolis, IN /// Hi-Fi
October 6, 2021 /// Chicago, IL /// Park West
October 7, 2021 /// Minneapolis, MN /// Fine Line Music Hall
October 15, 2021 /// San Francisco, CA /// The Independent
October 16, 2021 /// San Francisco, CA /// The Independent
October 19, 2021 /// Los Angeles, CA /// Troubadour
October 20, 2021 /// Los Angeles, CA /// Troubadour
October 23, 2021 /// Boulder, CO /// Fox Theatre
October 24, 2021 /// Denver, CO /// Bluebird Theater
October 26, 2021 /// Dallas, TX /// Deep Ellum Art Company
October 28, 2021 /// Houston, TX /// Warehouse Live Studio
October 30, 2021 /// Austin, TX /// Antone’s
October 31, 2021 /// Austin, TX /// Antone’s
November 2, 2021 /// New Orleans, LA /// One Eyed Jacks

*w/ Chris Stapleton

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