Indianapolis WTHR Channel 13: Mellencamp Visits IU For Video Shoot
02.17.2009 - Jeremy Brilliant/Eyewitness News
Bloomington - There was a Hoosier homecoming for John Mellencamp Monday, who
spent the day making a music video on the IU campus.
The low-key production took place in the middle of the day at Indiana
University, but nothing was closed down, no roads, no classrooms, just a tiny
chapel next to the student union. In fact, many students at the university were
oblivious to the rock legend standing just a few feet away from them in the
heart of campus.
Inside Beck Chapel, Mellencamp and country singer Karen Fairchild lip-synched
the words to "A Ride Back Home" from Mellencamp's new album - "Life, Death, Love
"It's always an honor to be asked to be part of this album, so to be a part of
the video is even a better deal," Fairchild said. "She sang on like half the
album with me in this fashion, so it just made perfect sense."
During concerts, Mellencamp has stopped his song and asked the audience about
deal they make with God.
"Oh God, I'll never drink again, I promise, if you just let me feel better," he
said during a recent show.
"People are killing each other, banks are robbing normal civilians and if you're
a little too drunk, I don't think he's got time for that. He's got bigger fish
to fry," Mellencamp said.
The music video, which was shot on film, featured the two singers and a band.
Away from the production, Mellencamp was less poetic and more political, hoping
his music will send a message.
"I think the rich people have had it too good too long and it's time for the
normal common man to go out and go to work and make money and let him have to
opportunity to live the American dream," he said.
The video is Mellencamp's 49th, but it's the first one ever shot at Beck's
Chapel, which is usually used for weddings. Mellencamp will be charged the usual
rental fee for the chapel and for several IU employees who helped with the
production, totalling several thousand dollars.