Teenage guitar-builder and Heartbreakers superfan Griffin Black on Sunday's Tom Petty concert
By Chris Richards
Last week, we had a wonderful freelance submission fall out of the sky: an essay written by 14-year-old Griffin Black about how he built a copy of Heartbreakers' guitarist Mike Campbell's red Telecaster -- and then convinced Campbell to play it live onstage.
The story ran in the Post on Saturday and Black attended the Heartbreakers' show at Jiffy Lube Live on Sunday. We caught up with the Virgina teenager this morning to see what he thought of the concert a couple days later.
So how many times have you seen the Heartbreakers?
This Sunday was my third time. Madison Square Garden was my first and the Wells Fargo Center -- I think it's called now -- in Philadelphia was my second.
And how did they all compare?
They were all really, really awesome. They all had different strengths but [Sunday] was awesome.
What where some of your favorite things about Sunday's show?
This show, I think the band had a ton of energy. They were all really excited. And Jiffy Lube Live is an outside venue and that had its own thing to add to the sound. The band was really excited. Mike Campbell, the guitarist, was saying hi to everyone in the crowd.
How did you get so into Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers in the first place?
A long, long time ago, when I was really small, my dad and I used to watch the concert DVDs they had and Tom Petty was one of them. So when I got an electric guitar, I became more and more interested and it just kind of progressed over time.
Have you seen any other good concerts this summer?
I've just kind of started going to rock concerts. I saw Jeff Beck earlier this summer at Wolf Trap. He's totally different, but they were both really awesome.
So you're into guitar heroes. Actually, speaking of guitar heroes, do you play the video game "Guitar Hero?"
I used to. And then I got good at real guitar.
August 17, 2010; 3:24 PM ET
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