Rolling Stone caught up with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers co-founder Mike Campbell – whose partnership with Petty stretches back more than 40 years – in advance of the group's upcoming 40th-anniversary tour. The guitarist shared his thoughts on five classic songs that reflect the state of a troubled world.
There's something about the lyrics and energy that make you want to get up and fight somebody for what you believe in. It's a joy from start to finish.
This sounds like it's about the world and how it could be better. It's a sloppy record with odd production, but somehow it's beautifully perfect.
Every time I hear this, it just stops me. I feel so moved by it. It's on the edge of death and despair, but there's hope.
This has that apocalypse kind of vibe, like the world is coming to an end but maybe we'll make it through.
This has hope and fear, so it definitely still applies today. The music is just pure adrenaline. God bless Neil Young.