Mike Campbell’s The Dirty Knobs Share ‘Lockdown Part II’ Video; Debut Album Due Out 11/20

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2020 hasn’t gone as planned for anyone — that much is true, to say the least — and it’s definitely altered the plans of The Dirty Knobs, the band led by guitarist Mike Campbell of Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers fame.

The band was originally planning to release its debut album, Wreckless Abandon, in March 2020. That, of course, was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic (as well as a personal health issue faced by Campbell), and the album is now slated for release on Nov. 20.

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In response to the strangeness of 2020 and all of its obstacles, the band shared a video for a quarantine-inspired song called “Lockdown” in mid-April:

And with everything STILL on pause even six months later, the Dirty Knobs have shared a sequel, “Lockdown II.

The new track was premiered on Tuesday:

A revamped version of the “Lockdown” song, it’s been updated lyrically to reflect on the state of things these days:

Six months later
It ain’t no joke
No one’s got a clue
Whole system is broke

Sending in the militia
When there’s no real need
We got peaceful protestors
Left in the street to bleed


Got a COVID patient
With a thousand mile stare
A quarter million dead
Does anybody care

Can’t pay the rent
No relief anywhere in sight
Millions are out of work
And the future ain’t lookin’ bright

Said Campbell of the new version of the song:

“A lot has happened since we first released ‘Lockdown’ and so we felt motivated to release ‘Lockdown Part II.’ The track has been revamped and we’ve added the other members of The Dirty Knobs, new lyrics and a new mix. We feel it is appropriate to call attention to what we are all still going through, six months later. Let’s hope this crisis is over soon.”

As for the debut album, Wreckless Abandon will be released on Nov. 20. Here’s its title track/music video, which was shared back in early 2020:

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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