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AXS.com: John Mellencamp Comes To The Devos Hall In Grand Rapids, MI: Review
06.24.2015 - By Cheryl Frishman - AXS.com

John Mellencamp brought his Plain Spoken Tour to the Devos Hall in Grand Rapids, Michigan on June 2, 2015. Carlene Carter, the daughter of June Carter Cash, opened the show with a nice long set that evening. She shared anecdotes and stories between songs that had the crowd laughing and entertained. She played songs such as "The Storms Are on the Ocean" and "Black Jack David." She also talked about her mother June passing away and sang a tribute song for her mother, stepfather Johnny Cash and her sister Rosey called "Lonesome Valley." Carlene was entertaining and charming and a real treat for the audience.

Fans eagerly awaited for John Mellencamp to make his entrance to the stage. He came out with the same charm and confidence he has always had. Mellencamp owned the stage. He started off playing two songs from his Plain Spoken album from 2014 including "Troubled Times" and "Lawless Times." He was soon playing old favorites like "Small Town" and "Jack and Diane." He played an acoustic version of "Jack and Diane" encouraging the fans to help him sing it. Mellencamp has a way of speaking to the audience that really draws them in and makes them want to hear everything he has to say. The audience seemed to enjoy singing along and even messed up one the verses causing Mellencamp to tease them about it. It was clear the audience was having a great time.

Mellencamp went on to play songs like "Paper and Fire", "Rain on the Scarecrow", "Crumbling Down" and the "Authority Song." All big hits in his younger days and had the fans singing along.

Mellencamp took a moment and talked about working with Stephen King and invited Carlene Carter back on stage to sing a few numbers from the musical they have collaborated on. Despite being music that most of the fans were unfamiliar with, it was very charming to see Mellencamp and Carter singing together.

Mellencamp continued to tell more heartwarming stories about his grandmother who called him "Buddy" and his son, as well as, some nostalgic memories he has had with his band members. He followed this with more fan favorites like "Check it Out" and "Pink Houses."

John Mellencamp is an amazing singer and storyteller. He kept the audience hanging on every word and singing and dancing with his music. As a performer he has gotten better than ever and his shows are a great experience for the fans.


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Mellencamp Rocks Michigan

John Mellencamp ROCKS Michigan!!! I've seen him live at The Detroit Opera House on June 10th, 2015. It was my very FIRST Mellencamp concert, and it was a gift for my 16th birthday! Yes I am a young fan and I will always LOVE John Mellencamp with all my heart! I feel as if he is my reflection- I can connect with him in so many magical ways that nobody else will understand! John Mellencamp, you are so incredibly talented and I wish my generation could see the real truth and messages in your songs like I do. I BELIEVE in you, John, and I LOVE you and I take ALL of your words and messages to heart. I don't find very much faith in my generation or the future... as the world is changing so rapidly fast now. This world will NEVER be the same. But because of your music and your encouraging attitude, I am inspired to make a difference and I try to help make this world a better place, too. It all starts with yourself. John, I gotta say, you haven't even gotta NEARLY as much praise as you deserve for your thoughtful and moving songs. And I'm not talking about "Jack and Diane". All your newer songs deserve just and much love (if not, MORE) than those 80s hits. You literally get better with age, John. Now you have so much wisdom in your songs and that touches my heart. Well I won't keep you here much longer. All I just wanted to say was THANK YOU for rocking out in Detroit last month and I hope to see you live for a second time here. Thank you and bless your sweet soul, John- for you know how to rock the **** out of our world! From a crazy 16 year old Mellenhead, Brianna Hojnacki

Posted by MrSickboy50 2015-07-09 04:10:18.

Your Message is not Lost

I will be seeing MMellencamp on July 15 in Calgary can't hardly wait. I am having a tumor removed on Friday July 17 in Calgary.... if I die I will truly die a happy woman and can say I seen a man sing the words that spoke to my heart. I believe him and I are kindred spirits and actually see the world through the same eyes. We see the real world and sadly wonder why people don't see what we see. For what it's worth no matter who you are where you live if your rich and famous or just the working class we merely exist because someone like governments or other powerful people dictate how this planet is run. In his music and open letters Mr.Mellencamp is trying to put this across.Life is not what it used to be,there are so many rules and regulations to be followed that take our liberties away but most just don't see it. I am blessed that such a poet as JM can see this and can express it in music. I hear you JM and before I leave this world I will get the chance to see you in person in Calgary! I am truly humbled and greatly blessed! Rock on don't ever change my kindred spirit earthling. Your message is not lost to those who really see the truth.

Posted by 2015-06-27 03:46:03.

 
 

 

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