05.13.2015 - Whether you walked into the Benedum to see an older, grayer John Mellencamp dig into Americana roots or kick it out like old times on "Pink Houses," you walked out happy Tuesday night.
The Indiana rocker has made one of the more artful transitions from arena spectacle to theater show, offering something rich and beautiful while also bringing the rock. Read Scott Mervis' complete review of the Benedum Theater show after the jump. Read More
05.04.2015 - John Mellencamp was one of the organizers of that event along with Willie Nelson and Neil Young. But Mellencamp, an Indiana native, didn’t need Dylan’s comments to make him aware of the dire problems that farmers faced. Earlier that year during sessions for his new album, he laid down a fierce, downcast track written from the perspective of a man pushed to the brink by the pressures of making a living via agriculture.
The album, Scarecrow, was released around the same time as the Farm Aid show and would be a massive hit with a bevy of smash singles. Read the complete article, read the lyrics and watch the "Rain On The Scarecrow" video after the jump.
05.03.2015 - Read Jane Steveson's complete review of the Sony Centre show after the jump. Here are some excerpts: "The Indiana-born musician and his six-piece band, including a drummer who played on two different kits, delivered a high energy, sonically creative set...""there was really never a dull moment..."
04.30.2015 - John Mellencamp isn't just aging gracefully; he's defiantly shaking a stick at all the years still facing him.
At age 63, the Indiana rocker is looking back on his Hall of Fame career with some sentimentality, but he is also living fully in the present and ready for what lies ahead. Read Graham Rockingham's complete Hamilton Place Theater review after the jump. Read More
04.28.2015 - John was the musical guest on David Letterman this Monday, April 27th. John is one of many A-list stars appearing during Dave's final weeks before retiring from the Late Show. His first appearance with Dave was over 30 years ago, they bonded over being fellow Hoosiers, and John has been a regular guest over the years. Watch John's last performance and interview on late night TV with Dave.
John Talks Heart Attack, Smoking Cigarettes - David Letterman Read More
04.26.2015 - John Mellencamp opened a can of worms at the top of his show at the Apollo Theater on Thursday night. Leading his six-piece backing band through a roadhouse shuffle called “Lawless Times,” he rattled off a partial list of modern ills: police brutality, banking malfeasance, government corruption, online music piracy. Read Nate Chinen's of the NY Times complete review after the jump. Read More
04.26.2015 - Read Frank Scheck's of The Hollywood Reporter complete Apollo Theater review after the jump. Here are some excerpts: "He still displays a tremendous joy in performing, as evidenced by his superb show at New York's Apollo Theatre..."
"Mellencamp delivered a perfectly paced show that had the audience on its feet..." Read More
04.23.2015 - When Mellencamp and band came out for their set they were in tuxes—and in fiddler Miriam Sturm’s case, black gown—just as it was for John Cougar at Radio City for his first headlining show in New York following his pop chart breakthrough in 1982 with “Hurts So Good.” Read Jim Bessman's complete 5 star review of the Carnegie Hall show in NYC after the jump. Read More
04.19.2015 - John Mellencamp brought an inspired set of "Heartland Rock" to the Providence Performing Arts Center Thursday night. Behind a stellar band, he played an impressive show featuring selections from his recent album Plain Spoken, a couple of Blues rarities, and some fresh takes on his own classics. It was one of the better PPAC shows in recent memory. Read Ken Abrams complete show review after the jump. Read More
04.18.2015 - Read Sara Rodman's of The Boston Globe complete review after the jump. Here are some excerpts: “Mellencamp and his always crack backing sextet took a tour of both the old songs — often with fresh twists on the arrangements — and newer material, all with a satisfying gusto..."
"If anyone in the packed house wanted the hits, they got them..." Read More
02.23.2015 - When you hear the unfiltered roughness in John Mellencamp's voice during “The Isolation,” you're quickly aware that this popular roots rock singer from Indiana wasn't kidding when he titled his new album, Plain Spoken. With its added wheezy harmonica solo, Mellencamp gives this song a truly Dylan-esque sincerity. It comes off a lot like recent Dylan music, where the man has become quite the self-reflective one. Read Dan MacIntosh's complete review of Plain Spoken after the jump. Read More
01.04.2015 - The Plain Spoken tour begins on January 21st! “The Voice of the Heartland” will play 80 shows including multiple dates in the artist’s hometown of Bloomington, Indiana; Nashville, Chicago, Minneapolis, New York, and more. The special guest is Carlene Carter. The tour will kick off on January 21st in South Bend, Indiana at the Morris Performing Arts Center. The final performance held in Indianapolis at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse on August 4th is a benefit show for Riley Children’s Foundation (rileykids.org). $5.00 per ticket will be donated to the charity.
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01.04.2015 - There is a limited number of Diamond Ticket Packages remaining for John's 2015 Plain Spoken Tour, so be sure to act fast before they are gone -- many shows packages have already sold out! The Diamond Packages are amazing seats with exclusive and limited edition commemorative items and are THE way to get an up-close and personal experience with John and the band! To be part of this intimate experience click HERE to learn more about the Diamond Package! Read More
11.21.2014 - John Mellencamp's new album Plain Spoken is now available from Republic Records and will be followed by an 80 city North American Tour starting in January. This is his 22nd
full-length album and first release for Republic Records. Plain Spoken
includes ten stunningly elegant and soul-searching Americana gems from “The
Voice of the Heartland”, John Mellencamp, while celebrating his skill not just
as a song craftsman but as a world-class entertainer.
Learn more about Plain Spoken, including the track listing and read the
09.23.2014 - We are VERY excited about John's tour and new album Plain Spoken! John will be performing a number of these incredible new songs on his 80-city North American Tour. The shows on this tour will feature both classics and new material. It will be a night filled with incredible music, words, and performances.
GET TO KNOW THESE SONGS BEFORE THE TOUR! We want to remind you that included with each ticket you purchased for the 2015 North American Tour is a digital download of the new album, so DOWNLOAD YOURS TODAY! If you bought multiple tickets, be sure to share your extra digital download codes with your family, friends and co-workers! And if you have already purchased your tickets and haven't received your digital download codes, email
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Ticket buyers will receive an email once the album has been released and the download is ready. Purchases after Sept. 23 will receive the download within 7 days of order. One download code per ticket for online and phone purchases only; does not apply to box office or outlet ticket purchases. This promotion is available until August 4th, 2015 and is valid for United States and Canadian residents only.Read More
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