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Heartbreakers guitarist takes stage in Somerville club

Mike Campbell (second from right), guitarist in Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, joined the Grateful Dead cover band Bearly Dead at the Somerville club Thunder Road Wednesday.Kevin Cole/Old King Cole Photography/Handout

Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers are in town for two shows at TD Garden – they play Thursday and again Friday - but the band had Wednesday to itself. Some members no doubt just hung around the hotel catching up on “Game of Thrones” or old episodes of “Veep.”

But guitarist Mike Campbell ventured out on the town, ending up at the Somerville club Thunder Road, where he joined local Grateful Dead tribute band Bearly Dead. Campbell fit right in, adding a few choice licks to covers of the Dead songs, “Loser” and “The Other One.”

Benny Tucker, who manages Bearly Dead, said someone in the band recognized Campbell having a drink at the bar, so Tucker said he walked over and said hello.


“He said he really liked the band and would like to meet them,” Tucker said. “I said they’d like to meet him, too, and would like to jam with him if he was down for it. He was 100 percent into it.”

Campbell was introduced from the stage and the crowd reacted with delight.

“It was a really unique experience for the 150 people who faithfully come out every Wednesday to Thunder Road to see the band,” said Tucker. “The crowd just lit up. The cell phone explosion happened and everyone was taking pictures.”