Mike Campbell and The Dirty Knobs – Fitzgerald Theater – St Paul MN – July 5th 2024

Mike Campbell and the Dirty Knobs live at the Fitzgerald MN July 5th 2024

Last night, July 5, 2024, Mike Campbell and the Dirty Knobs rocked the Fitzgerald Theater in Saint Paul, Minnesota. The historic venue, known for its intimate atmosphere and excellent acoustics, was the perfect setting for a night of unforgettable music.

From the moment the band took the stage, the audience knew they were in for a treat. Mike Campbell, famed for his role as the lead guitarist for Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, led the Dirty Knobs with charisma and precision. The crowd erupted as the first notes of the opening song, “Wreckless Abandon,” filled the theater.

The band’s setlist was a perfect blend of new tracks and classic hits. Each song showcased the exceptional talent and synergy of the group. Matt Laug on drums and Lance Morrison on bass provided a rock-solid rhythm section.  Guitarist Jason Sinay complemented Campbell’s leads with skill and flair.

A standout moment of the night was the performance of “Southern Boy.” Campbell’s gritty vocals and powerful guitar riffs had the audience captivated. The band’s dynamic interplay created a sound that was both tight and energetic, which left  fans wanting more.

Throughout the night, the crowd’s energy was palpable. Fans sang along to every song, their enthusiasm fueling the band’s performance. The Fitzgerald Theater’s intimate setting allowed for a unique connection between the band and the audience.  It made the concert feel like a private show.

One of the most memorable parts of the evening was the band’s rendition of “Refugee,” a tribute to Campbell’s time with Tom Petty. The familiar tune brought a wave of nostalgia, and the crowd’s response was overwhelmingly positive. Campbell’s guitar solo during this song was particularly moving, showcasing his legendary skill and emotional depth.

As the night drew to a close, the band delivered a powerful encore that left the audience cheering for more. The final song, “Dirty Job,” ended the night on a high note. The energy and passion in the room were undeniable.

Mike Campbell and the Dirty Knobs delivered a performance that was both a celebration of rock ‘n’ roll and a testament to their enduring talent. Their show at the Fitzgerald Theater was more than a concert; it was an experience that left a lasting impression on everyone in attendance.

For those lucky enough to be there, the night was a reminder of the magic of live music. Mike Campbell and the Dirty Knobs proved once again why they are one of the most exciting acts in rock today. The Fitzgerald Theater in Saint Paul provided the perfect backdrop for a night of incredible music, making July 5, 2024, a date to remember.

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Review and photos by Kyle Hansen