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04/27/2015 - John will be 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. Don't miss John's last performance on late night TV with Dave! The Late Show with David Letterman airs weeknights (11:35 p.m. ET) on CBS. 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
04/09/2015 - Celebrate John Mellencamp and Record Store Day on April 18th by purchasing a Plain Spoken vinyl or CD at participating record stores. For this year's RSD, participating stores will have prints of this original oil on canvas painting as a special part of their celebrations. The Record Store Day Headquarters has a framed, autographed version to give as a special souvenir of Record Store Day 2015 through a contest on their website. Head over to the RSD website to get a list of participating stores and to enter for your chance to win this amazing autographed print. Read quotes from John and his fans in support of RSD

"Immersing yourself in the environment of a real record store where music is celebrated and cherished adds real value to the experience of buying music. In some ways, that retail experience is as important as the music." - John Mellencamp

“He appreciates his fans, that is cool…”

“I'd love to win this. I'm a huge fan and so is my daughter. He gets better with age but I love Cherry Bomb!”

“Proud of my fellow Hoosier...celebrating and supporting Record Store Day…”

“I LOVE seeing John support Record Store Day this year! It's so very important to help independent record stores stay afloat (nothing better than hands on searching thru bins of music). It takes me back to my young girl days!”

How cool! I have been listening to his new album on vinyl. It's such a great sound. I'm happy to see he's supporting the small business records stores!

"I bought my first John Mellencamp album, Uh Huh, on vinyl at my local record store, and I bought his latest, Plain Spoken at my local record store! There's still nothing like going into a record store to buy an album. It's more than finally getting your hands on that long-awaited new release. It's the sights, the sounds, and the experience. I expect nothing less from an artist like John to support Record Store Day!" Read More
04/02/2015 - In recent days I’ve been asked to give my opinion about what’s been going on in our state. Do I agree or disagree with the Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act? What am I going to say, or do, about it? Am I going to cancel any of my upcoming Indiana shows? As many of the Star’s readers know, I have lived in Indiana since the day I was born, and I know firsthand that our state is populated with a great diversity of people who hold varying religious and political beliefs. The people in our neighborhoods are also racially diverse, live in different types of family units and also span a broad spectrum of sexual and gender identities. Indiana is now, in many ways, the American Melting Pot we all learned about in school. We are more than just tolerant, most of the time. We are welcoming.

So it is with a very heavy heart that I’ve watched the divisiveness that has occurred over our state government's actions. I am not questioning the sincerity of those who believe they have acted in the interests of religious freedom, but I am resolutely stating my opposition to this misnamed and ill-conceived law. It is discriminatory, hurtful, and a stain on Indiana’s national reputation. I understand Governor Pence and the state legislature are working on some changes to the law’s language, and I can only hope that they will do the right thing for the people of our state.

I have thought seriously about canceling my upcoming shows, not wanting the resulting tax revenues from ticket sales, concessions and the like to help fill the same government coffers that would enforce this terrible law. But then I realized that I would be letting our government divide us again, keeping me apart from my most important audience: My Indiana fans who have been there for me from the very beginning. Our evenings together will be about music, and hopefully this situation will be made right by the time I see you in May.

My best to you all,

John Mellencamp
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03/26/2015 - Read Kevin Oliver's complete review of the Columbia, SC show at The Township Auditorium, March 24th after the jump. Here are some excerpts: "John Mellencamp proved he's still not willing to play it safe..."

Mellencamp has been writing darkly cynical, finger-pointing anthems for decades, and their ability to hold up through a changing backdrop of current events says more about America, perhaps, than it does about Mellencamp. The other thing Mellencamp has been good at for a very long time is working roots and acoustic tones into his heartland rock 'n' roll..." Read More
03/20/2015 - Read Jay Cridlin of the Tampa Bay Times complete review of the Ruth Eckerd Hall show in Clearwater, FL on the 2015 Plain Spoken Tour. Here is an excerpt: "Mellencamp goes his own way, always has, even when those paths weren’t the most obvious or popular. In trading down for smaller stages, he’s managed to remain exactly who he wants to be, even if it means leaving a few huge hits in the chamber. Read More
03/18/2015 - With a career spanning four decades, John Mellencamp is to the Midwest what Bruce Springsteen is to New Jersey: A record keeper for its places and people, their private struggles and quiet triumphs. A one-time leaseholder on the mainstream music charts, Mellencamp (who long ago dropped the Cougar) never seemed to care much for the trappings of pop-star fame. With calling-card tunes like “Small Town” and “Pink Houses,” his focus was and continues to be on the writing, going light on metaphor and heavy on specifics, revealing a songwriter who views the American Dream with a clear eye and little patience for ambiguity. Read More
03/14/2015 - John Mellencamp ended his robust show at the Fox Theatre with a snippet of nostalgia and a humorous take on looking back – “The only problem with old times is that we gotta be old to have ‘em.”

But for the previous two hours, Mellencamp demonstrated that even an artist with one of the most durable catalogs in classic rock can produce relevant material nearly four decades into a career. Read Melissa Ruggieri's complete review of The Fox Theatre show in Atlanta, GA after the jump. Read More
03/12/2015 - John Mellencamp took to the stage at 8:30 and performed a full 21-song set comprised of old fan favorites and new material. He began with “Lawless Times” off of his newest album and by the time he reached “Check It Out,” the entire hall was on their feet singing and dancing. Read Suzanne Cordeiro of Austin's Examiner.com complete review after the jump. Read More
03/10/2015 - Rock singer John Mellencamp will perform in Birmingham on Thursday night at the BJCC Concert Hall, but that concert wouldn't be possible if a neurosurgeon who now lives in Alabama hadn't saved his life as an infant.

Dr. Robert Heimburger, now 97 and living in the Somerby at St. Vincent's One Nineteen retirement home in Hoover, performed the dangerous surgery on Mellencamp, who was born Oct. 7, 1951.

Heimburger pioneered surgeries on newborn infants with spina bifida. At the time, it was common to wait six months or longer to see if the child lived before attempting surgery, he said. "I had established a different way of doing surgery," Heimburger said in an interview with AL.com on Monday. Read the complete article along with a video interview with Dr. Heimburger after the jump. Read More
03/09/2015 - Read Preston Jones complete review at the McFarlin Auditorium show on Saturday, March 7th after the jump. Here are some excerpts: "crowd roared its approval — they were shouting back the lyrics with the gusto of a bloodthirsty mob — and in doing so, validated his decades of furious, Midwestern rock and roll..."

"Mellencamp’s sandpaper snarl — one of rock’s most strangled and beloved voices — wrapped itself around, as he put it, “songs you know, songs you don’t know, songs you can sing along with...” Read More
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