Newport News Daily Press Norfolk Concert Review
07.27.2009 - By Mike Holtzclaw
Mellencamp, the relative youngster of the gang at 57, performed a good
selection of his trademark populist anthems, backed at times by his six-piece
band and playing solo on some tunes, even going a cappella on the nostalgic
"Cherry Bomb." Keeping with the tone of the evening, fiddler Miriam Sturm at one
point filled in between songs with a quick run through "Home on the Range."
In addition to hits like "Pink Houses" and "Small Town," Mellencamp introduced a
brand-new tune, "Save Some Time to Dream," which covered some of the same ground
as Dylan's "Forever Young" but directed more at an adult than at a child. As
though to prove he still has some kid in him, Mellencamp closed his set with a
raucous rendition of his petulantly defiant "Authority Song" (vowing that "I
still feel the same way today as I did when I wrote this").
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