Halifax Metro News: John Mellencamp Rocks Out To Full House At Dartmouth Sportsplex
07.12.2012 - The Dartmouth Sportsplex was rockin’ Monday night and John Mellencamp was the
What was a scheduling loss for the Halifax Metro Centre turned out to be a
Dartmouth gain as Mellencamp kicked off his two-show stop in our region for his
No Better Than This tour.
Ending their set, openers Cowboy Junkies braced the crowd for “a great show –
it’s loud and it’s rock and roll!”
The lights dimmed for Mellencamp, a simple backdrop rose from behind a stage
that housed an impressive mini orchestra that included a stand up bass and an
antique flat back piano.
Given the decades where Mellencamp was at his peak, the packed house included
those who remember the good ol’ days and those who were born during them.
The show kicked off with Authority Song.
After the first few bars, Mellencamp took a beat. Dressed in a casual tuxedo,
worn with the Mellencamp “damn the man” swagger and attitude, he stood centre
stage and was welcomed by his applauding public.
From the floor, through the stadium, to the standing-room-only crowd that
swayed in a circle around the arena, Mellencamp’s lyrics filled the room.
Warming up, next came No One Cares About Me off his latest album, No Better
“Good evening, I’m John Mellencamp. We came 758,000 miles to see you
tonight,” the legendary rocker told the crowd. “We’ll be playing a whole bunch
of songs tonight – some songs you know, some you don’t. We’ll take a minute to
play an old favorite.”
Jack and Diane and Check it Out then rang out.
The tone shifted when Mellencamp spoke about his grandmother and how “life is
short” breaking into Longest Days from the album Life, Death, Love and Freedom.
The mood was later lightened with Small Town and Paper in Fire with an arena
filled of back-up singers chanting along.
Overall, Mellencamp performed for about two hours, giving his first group of
HRM fans a night to remember.