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07/29/2015 - John Mellencamp made good on his promise to do a show that fans who appreciate musicianship and songwriting would enjoy. Read Kelli Skye Fadroski's complete show review from the Microsoft Theater after the jump. Here are some excerpts: "Though his vocal is certainly standout and easily identified, he has always sounded a bit like the late Joe Cocker, mixed with some Bob Dylan and a dash of Leonard Cohen..."

"When he belts out, “I am a troubled man,” it’s believable. The same goes for “The Isolation of Mister” when the music lowers and he honestly delivers, “Thought I was livin’ a life of freedom, but I was living in a cage...” Read More
07/28/2015 - Farm Aid announced today that its annual benefit concert will head to Chicago, IL on Saturday, September 19th, taking place at the at FirstMerit Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island in Chicago, IL. Farm Aid 30 will feature Farm Aid board members Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young and Dave Matthews (performing with Tim Reynolds), along with Imagine Dragons, Jack Johnson, Kacey Musgraves, Mavis Staples, Old Crow Medicine Show, Holly Williams, Lukas Nelson & the Promise of the Real, Insects vs Robots, and Blackwood Quartet!

Public tickets will go on sale Monday, August 3rd at 10 AM CDT via Live Nation.

Click HERE to visit Farm Aid's ticket page to learn more about their pre-sale and VIP ticket packages. Read the complete press release after the jump. Read More

07/27/2015 - We will be offering a limited number of tickets, including covered reserved seats, non-roof covered reserved seats and general admission lawn tickets in a Mellencamp.com free member pre-sale on Thursday, July 30th beginning at 10 AM CDT through Sunday, August 2nd, ending at 10 PM, or whenever our allotment runs out - supplies are limited. The pre-sale tickets will be offered through Live Nation using a password posted on the Mellencamp.com TOUR page for logged in members. Read THIS tutorial to learn how our pre-sale works. Please watch our TOUR page for more details.

Farm Aid is selling a limited number of VIP tickets in the first ten rows, starting at $400. Please contact kari@farmaid.org for more information. Read More
07/25/2015 - David Lindquist of the Indianapolis Star interviews John where he confirms some exciting news: "Plans to make a duets album with Carter"

"Then it’s off to Australia for more than a dozen shows"

Candid talk is a defining Mellencamp trait, and “Plain Spoken” is the name of the album he released last September. An 80-date tour to promote the album wraps up on Aug. 4 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

The Seymour, Ind., native is performing a wealth of folk and country-blues tunes in a show the 63-year-old characterizes as being “age appropriate.Read the complete article after the jump. Read More
07/24/2015 - Kelli Skye Fadroski of The Orange County Register spoke with John in a recent phone interview about his successful music career, the set list for the Plain Spoken North American tour, and Ghost Brothers of Darkland County among other topics. Read this honest interview with John after the jump. Here is an excerpt: "The 63-year-old has done it all in these past four decades, he said, by sticking true to his motto: “Try to be honest and never kiss ass.” Read More
07/22/2015 - Read Jeff Bakers full show review after the jump, here is an excerpt: This is how a classic rock legend gets it done in concert: Start with a money's-worth opening act, Carlene Carter... Hire a crack six-piece band, men and women, black and white, and rehearse them until they're tight as a bass string. Dress them like the professionals they are, in suits and dresses, and make sure they move in the country-bluegrass tradition: upstage for a solo, fall back for support, everybody forward at the big moments. Have them come out first and play you on, the way Merle Haggard and George Jones did it. Start with a couple of your strongest new tunes that show you're still relevant, mix in a few hits early on, end with a roaring river of your best stuff, peak after peak until the crowd can't take it anymore. Leave them satisfied but wanting more. Encores are for amateurs. You've played 20 songs in two hours and given more than enough. Pay close attention to everything: pacing, lighting, sound, presentation. It's about pride. You are a star. This is what you do. Own it. Read More
07/21/2015 - AXS.com's Rick Hinton writes about the end of John's 2015 North American Tour: The final concert of the North American leg of John Mellencamp’s Plain Spoken Tour arrives in Indianapolis at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Tuesday, August 4, 2015. Hometown Indiana boy Mellencamp—“The Voice of the Heartland”—will circle back to where the tour originated in January of 2015 in his home state of Indiana (South Bend) to culminate at its final show in downtown Indianapolis. Read More
07/13/2015 - One of the most important musical acts of his generation, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee John Mellencamp lives up to the billing and then some.

Read Christopher Tesmmer's complete show review after the jump. Here is an excerpt: "Mellencamp’s band was beyond reproach and clearly some of the best musicians at their respective instruments. It would be near impossible to think of any way the music or the show itself could have been improved.." Read More
07/08/2015 - The fifth and final North American leg of John Mellencamp's incredible 80 show 2015 Plain Spoken Tour kicks off this week in Canada. The final leg heads to the West Coast after 6 shows in Canada and circling back to where the tour began in John's home state of Indiana. The final performance will be held in Indianapolis, at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse on August 4th with a portion of the ticket sales being donated to the Riley Children’s Foundation, which supports Riley Hospital for Children (rileykids.org). To be part of this special end of the 2015 tour show purchase tickets HERE. Read More
07/01/2015 - All 2015 North American Tour Diamond Ticket Package ticket sales have ended.

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
06/24/2015 - Read Chery Frishman's of AXS.com complete review after the jump. Here are some excerpts: "He came out with the same charm and confidence he has always had. Mellencamp owned the stage..."

"He kept the audience hanging on every word and singing and dancing with his music..." Read More
06/19/2015 - With a voice now more gravel than sweet and a frame suggesting he has experienced every one of his 63 years, John Mellencamp and a six-member band brought the tour behind his 2014 work Plain Spoken to the Merriam Theater this past Tuesday. Bluesy, inventive and energetic, it was one of my favorite concerts so far this year. Read the Chris Sikich's complete blog review after the jump. Read More
06/17/2015 - After 39 years, John Mellencamp's lead guitarist Mike Wanchic wouldn't change a thing. After nearly four decades as John Mellencamp's lead guitarist, Mike Wanchic says he wouldn't go back and do a single thing differently. Read More
06/14/2015 - Seeing John Mellencamp live illustrates why his latest album hit the Billboard top 20 and what likely prompted Republic Records to offer him a lifetime contract.

His songs continue to age remarkably well and sound of-the-moment, whether new or old. Read Hays Davis' complete show review after the jump. Read More
06/11/2015 - Putting John Mellencamp in an opera house seems like the proverbial bull in the china shop scenario.

The dude refers to himself as the Little Bastard, after all. And the hard-hitting heartland rock on which he's staked his reputation is more punky than Puccini, more R.O.C.K. (in the U.S.A.) than "Rigoletto." Somewhere Giuseppe Verdie may be rolling in his grave.

But Mellencamp's early two-hour show on Wednesday night, June 10, proved well-suited for the Detroit Opera House. Read the complete Detroit Opera House review after the jump. Read More
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