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04.30.2017 - As a Rock and Roll Hall of Famer with 23 albums and a Grammy to his name, John Mellencamp has plenty to be proud of.

But after more than 40 years of churning out hits, the veteran rocker says one accomplishment stands out most.

“Still being here,” Mellencamp told the Daily News. “That’s a pretty big accomplishment to be here still. Of all the guys I started out with that are my age, there's a handful of us and that’s it. Everybody else either died, or they quit or they got smart and decided not to do this.” Read the complete interview after the jump. Read More


04.29.2017 - At 65, John Mellencamp no longer chases drama.

“I have found that life is a big enough adventure,” he says calling from his 86-acre property in Bloomington, Ind. “Young kids go to the movies to be scared. If we were together, I’d say to you, ‘Have you seen this mole on my arm?’ That’s scary enough; I don’t need to see ‘Suicide Squad.’” Read the complete LA Times Interview after the jump. Read More

04.28.2017 - Read Ben Salmon of Paste Magazine complete review after the jump. Here are some excerpts: "just when you think Mellencamp might be retreating deeper into bygone sounds, along comes “Grandview,” an electrified blues-rocker (and duet with Martina McBride) that swaggers and smolders..."

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04.28.2017 - John kicked off the release of his new album Sad Clowns & Hillbillies with a celebration at Q104.3, last night downstairs from their studio at the iHeartRadio Theater. John talked with Jim Kerr and performed a set including new songs and old classics. Read Andrew Magnotta's overview of last nights show that includes videos, photos and tweets after the jump!


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04.28.2017 - John Mellencamp isn't the first musician to say he hears voices in his head. Fortunately, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer claims his visitors don't bring fear or confusion. They bring songs.

One example is "Easy Target," a track released in advance of new album "Sad Clowns & Hillbillies." Mellencamp said the bleakly sarcastic song, which refers to minority groups and the impoverished as being "created equal, equally beneath me and you," presented itself when he was devoting time to his second artistic passion of painting portraits, landscapes and social commentary. Read David Linquist's complete review after the jump. Read More

04.28.2017 - Read Markos Papadatos of the Digital Journal complete iHeart Radio review after the jump. Here is an excerpt: "The Verdict - Overall, John Mellencamp was able to deliver at his iHeartRadio show in New York City, which was in support of his new album, Sad Clowns & Hillbillies. Jim Kerr did a wonderful job hosting, and the audience was aware of the fact that they were in the presence of a living rock legend. His show garnered five out of five..." Read More

04.28.2017 - John released his 23rd full-length album, Sad Clowns & Hillbillies, featuring Carlene Carter, on Friday April 28th, 2017. On the album Mellencamp returns to the musical eclecticism that is, itself, a reflection of his wide-ranging musings on life. Sad Clowns & Hillbillies showcases a poet who has wisely used the years between youth and the present day to become an absolute of master of songwriting and interpretation. That passion and experience resonates most beautifully in this showcase of his music.

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04.27.2017 - John stopped by the Late Night With Seth Meyers show last night in support of his new release Sad Clowns & Hillbillies coming out this Friday, April 28th. John did a sit down interview with Seth and he performed an acoustic "Jack & Diane" and Martina McBride joined him on stage for their hit "Grandview." Watch all 4 videos after the jump.

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04.27.2017 - Page 18 of the May 4th issue of Rolling Stone Magazine includes a full page question and answer session between writer Brian Hiatt and John. They spoke of how John invented modern country music and why he’ll never stop smoking, among other intriguing questions. Look for the magazine on store shelves now! Read More

04.27.2017 - "Mellencamp is a true American storyteller and the rebel with a cause is set to make his triumphant return on Friday, April 28, 2017 with his 23rd overall studio album, Sad Clowns & Hillbillies, via Republic Records..." "When it comes to a John Mellencamp album, there is simply no critiquing the musicianship. As with the entirety of this man’s extensive oeuvre of work, Sad Clowns & Hillbillies is no different: every note is pitch perfect, every melody beautifully executed..." Read Jeannie Blue's 5 out of 5 star review after the jump. Read More

04.24.2017 - Preview John's incredible new record Sad Clowns & Hillbillies on NPR First Listen and read Jim Allen's complete review of the forth coming album being released this Friday, April 28th on Republic Records after jump. Here are some excerpts: "Sad Clowns is a record about our struggles within ourselves and with the world around us..." Mellencamp ends Sad Clowns & Hillbillies bemoaning "a country's broken heart." By the time it's done, you're in sore need of some of that salvation he and Carter were hailing a few tracks back; so what else can you do but start the damn thing over again? Read More

04.21.2017 - There are several different special editions of Sad Clowns & Hillbillies. There is a limited quantity for all of these offers! Get yours today before they are sold out!
  • Purchase at Target and receive 2 exclusive acoustic bonus tracks. John recorded his hit single "Grandview" and "What Kind Of Man Am I?" acoustic version's exclusively for Target! Purchase yours today.
  • Purchase the new album from Newbury Comics you receive a autographed Sad Clowns & Hillbillies postcard! Order yours today before they run out! This item ships to U.S. addresses only, excluding California.
  • Autographed Sad Clowns & Hillbillies CD's are available at Amazon.com and MusicValtz.com 
  • A special Red & Black Marbled Vinyl edition is available from Barnes & Noble
  • You can order digital versions of Sad Clowns & Hillbillies HERE today!
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04.20.2017 - Each online ticket purchased for John's June through July concert dates includes (1) one physical copy of John's new Sad Clowns & Hillbillies album. If you have not received or redeemed your codes click on to learn how! Read More

04.06.2017 - Following the seventh and final installment of his hugely-successful Plain Spoken Tour, John Mellencamp will set out once again this Summer across North America for his all-new Sad Clowns & Hillbillies Tour.  Kicking off on June 5th in Denver, Colorado, the tour will continue throughout the United States with stops at the historic Greek Theatre in Los Angeles before concluding in Essex Junction, VT at the Champlain Valley Fair. Mellencamp will be joined by special guest and 13-time GRAMMY-Award-winning singer-songwriter Emmylou Harris, as well as his Plain Spoken tour mate Carlene Carter, and folk-pop sister duo Lily & Madeleine. Multi-platinum selling recording artist Jewel will also step in for the tour’s two Oregon dates, substituting for Emmylou Harris as the special guest opener.

Tickets for the tour will be available to the general public beginning Friday, February 24th at 10:00am. Mellencamp.com pre-sale tickets will be available beginning Wednesday, February 22nd at 10:00am until Thursday, February 23rd at 10:00pm on our TOUR page.  Learn how to join and use our pre-sales HERE. Read the complete press release after the jump. Read More


03.15.2017 - John has added two summer tour dates to his schedule for two nights at the Ravinia Festival in Highland Park, IL on August 26 & August 27th! Mellencamp.com members pre-sale is May 2nd at 10 AM CDT, with a public on sale May 9th at 5 AM CDT. Tickets are available to donors beginning Wed. March 22nd. Visit ravinia.org for full details. Learn more about our Mellencamp.com members only pre-sale HERE.

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03.10.2017 - Mellencamp recently recorded an episode of CMT Crossroads with Darius Rucker, and today Rolling Stone Country has an exclusive of the two duetting on Mellencamp's 1983 hit "Pink Houses."

Mellencamp and Rucker's Crossroads episode airs Friday, March 24th on CMT.


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03.03.2017 - John's new video, for his latest release, "Grandview" premiered live on PARADE.com today!  "Grandview" is about having a dream and staying connected to your dream, no matter how big or how small,” Mellencamp tells PARADE. “It’s your dream and your responsibility to make the dream come true.”

The black-and-white video showcases Mellencamp’s slick delivery with McBride’s powerhouse vocals — both dripping in heartland coolness. “Just an old country boy, wearing my Osh-Kosh boots / Walked by the trailer factory, every day on my way to school / Early on in life the only thing I wanted to do / Was to buy me a trailer and move it down to Grandview,” Mellencamp sings in the opening verse.

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02.15.2017 - We are offering VIP Ticket Packages at most shows on the Summer 2017 Sad Clowns & Hillbillies Tour.

Packages will go on sale via a pre-sale for Mellencamp.com members before going on sale to the general public. The package pre-sale will be at the same time as the Mellencamp.com Pre-Sale through the TOUR page. Limit of 6 per order. To find out if your show has VIP packages offered click the blue info icon on the Mellencamp.com TOUR page. Quantities are very limited so act quickly!

THE FRONT ROW VIP PACKAGE
Each package includes:

  • One Incredible Top Price Reserved Ticket in the Front Row *
  • One Exclusive, Limited Edition John Mellencamp Sad Clowns & Hillbillies Tour Lithograph - Each Limited Edition Tour Lithograph Printed on Heavy Weight, Acid Free Fine Art Paper
  • Sad Clowns & Hillbillies VIP Merchandise - One Exclusive John Mellencamp VIP Gift (Created Exclusively for VIP Package Purchasers)
  • One Commemorative VIP Tour Laminate & Matching Lanyard
    * Venue seating configurations may vary by market.

THE DIAMOND VIP PACKAGE
Each package includes:

  • One Amazing Reserved Ticket *
  • One Exclusive, Limited Edition John Mellencamp Sad Clowns & Hillbillies Tour Lithograph - Each Limited Edition Tour Lithograph Printed on Heavy Weight, Acid Free Fine Art Paper
  • Sad Clowns & Hillbillies VIP Merchandise - One Exclusive John Mellencamp VIP Gift (Created Exclusively for VIP Package Purchasers)
  • One Commemorative VIP Tour Laminate & Matching Lanyard
    * Venue seating configurations may vary by market.
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01.19.2017 - Premiered live on Yahoo'sThe Katie Couric Interview "Easy Target" is John’s reflection on the state of our country. An outspoken artist, Mellencamp continues his journey to convey the truth through this passionate and plain-spoken song. Download or stream "Easy Target" on all music services including iTunes and Spotify beginning at 6pm ET 1/19/17.

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01.19.2017 - John Mellencamp is no stranger to mixing music with politics. For over 35 years, the legendary Heartland rocker has been writing songs that draw attention to the struggles, culture and politics of the country.

On the eve of Donald Trump’s inauguration, the Indiana-born musician is releasing a politically charged new single titled, “Easy Target,” which he describes as “a reflection on the state of the country.” John debuted the song in live performance on January 19, 2017 on The Katie Couric Interview, watch on Yahoo.com

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01.19.2017 - On the eve of the inauguration of Donald Trump, singer songwriter John Mellencamp performs the world premiere of his new song, “Easy Target.” He then sits down with Yahoo Global News Anchor Katie Couric to discuss the song’s themes, about the current state of the country. Watch on Yahoo.com

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01.18.2017 -  "Easy Target" is a brand new song written by John to be performed live at 5pm ET on Thursday, January 19th one day before the 2017 Presidential Inauguration on Yahoo's The Katie Couric Interview. "Easy Target" is John’s reflection on the state of our country. An outspoken artist, Mellencamp continues his journey to convey the truth through this passionate and plain-spoken song. Download "Easy Target" on iTunes and Spotify NOW!   Check out the thought provoking lyrics below.

Easy Target

Here's an easy target
With just one quiet pop
Shot to hell anyway
No reason to stop
In the streets and the gutters
The cotton fields in this land
Here's an easy target
With a trigger, in your hand

So, Black lives matter
Who we trying to kid
Here's an easy target
Don't matter, never did
Crosses burning
Such a long time ago
400 years and we still don't, let it go

well let the poor be damned
And the easy targets too
All are created equal
Equally beneath me and you
Children crying
Under the time-keeping sun
The war on the easy targets
We won't ever, get this done

Easy targets
All along the avenue
Living here in Sucker Town,
Baby me and you
Behind the bars
To keep each other apart
Easy targets
Our Country's broken heart
Our Country's broken heart
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11.07.2016 - The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame presents a special exhibit on the life, art and music of John Mellencamp. Opening November 10, 2016 in the Ahmet Ertegun Main Exhibition Hall. “In working closely with John Mellencamp to create this exhibit, it was very clear that he embodies what rock and roll is all about – rebellion, being true to yourself, and of course, making great music,” says Karen Herman, Vice President of Collections & Curatorial Affairs at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

“I would like this exhibit to let people know, or discover, that I really have spent my entire life living the way that I want to live, and doing what I want to do,” Mellencamp says. “And, that I consider myself the luckiest guy in the world for being able to do that.” Read the complete press release after the jump that includes a list of some of the artifacts from John's personal collection . Visit the exhibit's Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Site to learn more.

The exhibit has received some wonderful press coverage. Read the following articles to see pictures and learn more:
Cleveland Plain Dealer: '",,, perhaps not in the 20-year history of the museum has there been a more appropriate display to open within two days of Donald Trump's historic – and for some, shattering – victory in the presidential race. More than 2,000 square feet of space featuring in excess of 100 items pay homage to the man who chose to pave his own road."

The News Herald: "John Mellencamp may be known as the Heartland’s storyteller, but there’s much more to the Grammy Award winner than meets the eye.To fully explore the juxtaposition of the “American Fool” and iconoclast for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame’s new exhibit “Mellencamp,” appearing in the Ahmet Ertegun Main Exhibition Hall, organizers present a renaissance man who b Read More

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