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06/19/2015 - With a voice now more gravel than sweet and a frame suggesting he has experienced every one of his 63 years, John Mellencamp and a six-member band brought the tour behind his 2014 work Plain Spoken to the Merriam Theater this past Tuesday. Bluesy, inventive and energetic, it was one of my favorite concerts so far this year. Read the Chris Sikich's complete blog review after the jump. Read More
06/17/2015 - After 39 years, John Mellencamp's lead guitarist Mike Wanchic wouldn't change a thing. After nearly four decades as John Mellencamp's lead guitarist, Mike Wanchic says he wouldn't go back and do a single thing differently. Read More
06/14/2015 - Seeing John Mellencamp live illustrates why his latest album hit the Billboard top 20 and what likely prompted Republic Records to offer him a lifetime contract.

His songs continue to age remarkably well and sound of-the-moment, whether new or old. Read Hays Davis' complete show review after the jump. Read More
06/11/2015 - Putting John Mellencamp in an opera house seems like the proverbial bull in the china shop scenario.

The dude refers to himself as the Little Bastard, after all. And the hard-hitting heartland rock on which he's staked his reputation is more punky than Puccini, more R.O.C.K. (in the U.S.A.) than "Rigoletto." Somewhere Giuseppe Verdie may be rolling in his grave.

But Mellencamp's early two-hour show on Wednesday night, June 10, proved well-suited for the Detroit Opera House. Read the complete Detroit Opera House review after the jump. Read More
06/10/2015 - At the conclusion of his set Tuesday night at DeVos Performance Hall, John Mellencamp waxed amusingly and philosophically about nostalgia. He went on about how older folk – a camp he admits he pitches his tent in now – tend to go on and on about "old times," then followed it with a nostalgia number about nostalgia, "Cherry Bomb," a bit of delicious Midwestern corn that created many memories for people who blared their car radios in the 1980s. Read More
06/08/2015 - John Mellencamp used to feel at home playing the biggest arenas and amphitheaters that could hold him during his Rock and Roll Hall of Fame career.

Nowadays, however, the “Small Town” guy likes the smaller places.

Some of it is pragmatic, he freely acknowledges. The albums and radio play are not as abundant as they were during the multiplatinum ’80s heyday of “American Fool,” “Uh-Huh,” “Scarecrow” and “The Lonesome Jubilee.” Fortunately, however, that dovetails with a time in his life when Mellencamp, at 63, has less interest in playing the big rock shows. Read Gary Graff's complete interview after the jump. Read More

06/08/2015 - At 63, Mellencamp is far removed from the youthful roar that identified his youth – precisely why he dropped the "Cougar" from between "John" and "Mellencamp." He's touring theaters instead of arenas, writing contemplative records instead of slick, catchy ones. He claims he was never comfortable with fame. His songs have never been more sincere (although they've never been phony, even the massive, evergreen hits).

If you think this is an elaborate way of calling the guy old, well, you're wrong. He's more credible and authentic than ever – and here are five reasons why: Read More
06/05/2015 - Celebrating roughly four decades as a touring musician, John Mellencamp played to a packed house at the Overture Hall in Madison, Wis., on June 2. Touring in support of his latest album Plain Spoken, his 22nd studio release, Mellencamp’s show drew from every aspect of his accomplished career. Read Deaniel DeSlover's complete 5 Star review after the jump. Read More
05/31/2015 - Mellencamp opened the down-home, two-hour concert with “Lawless Times” and “Troubled Man,” two songs from his latest album, the very fine “Plain Spoken.”

“Thank you very much. I’m John Mellencamp,” he said, as if his self-identification was necessary.

He promised fans songs they know, songs they don’t know, songs they could sing along to and songs they could dance to, as he demonstrated that with a little jig all his own. Read Kevin Johnson's of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch complete show review after the jump. Read More
05/31/2015 - When John Mellencamp sang "Longest Days" on David Letterman's The Late Show recently as part of a series of "A-list" well-wishers to send the storied career comedian off into retirement, he revealed again why his huge talent has reached the souls of so many.

The Grammy award-winning artist with the raspy vocals is one of the most successful live concert performers in the world. Mellencamp started early and was fronting a soul band by age 14. Read the complete July 13th, TCU Place show preview after the jump. Read More
05/26/2015 - Keith Urban and John Mellencamp performed 'Pink Houses' on last night's RED NOSE DAY event on NBC. The 3 hour special took place in the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City.

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05/19/2015 - SiriusXM will feature "Classic Rewind’s Mellencamp Memorial Day Weekend”, combining the celebration of Memorial Day over the three day holiday weekend with paying homage to the voice of the heartland. Hear John share his insight on life and his music throughout the weekend, beginning at 12 noon ET on Friday! You can find Classic Rewind on Channel 25 on SiriusXM or listen online on their website. Read More
05/18/2015 - John Mellencamp and Keith Urban will perform "Pink Houses" as part of NBC's star-studded charity event "Red Nose Day" on Thursday, May 21 2015 (8-11 p.m. ET). The show will feature great comedy, videos, and incredible music performances to benefit 12 charity organizations that lift children and young people out of poverty, in the U.S. and throughout the world.

Learn more about the event and the Red Nose organization at NBC.com. Read the complete press release after the jump. Read More

05/13/2015 - Whether you walked into the Benedum to see an older, grayer John Mellencamp dig into Americana roots or kick it out like old times on "Pink Houses," you walked out happy Tuesday night.

The Indiana rocker has made one of the more artful transitions from arena spectacle to theater show, offering something rich and beautiful while also bringing the rock. Read Scott Mervis' complete review of the Benedum Theater show after the jump. Read More
05/04/2015 - John Mellencamp was one of the organizers of that event along with Willie Nelson and Neil Young. But Mellencamp, an Indiana native, didn’t need Dylan’s comments to make him aware of the dire problems that farmers faced. Earlier that year during sessions for his new album, he laid down a fierce, downcast track written from the perspective of a man pushed to the brink by the pressures of making a living via agriculture.

The album, Scarecrow, was released around the same time as the Farm Aid show and would be a massive hit with a bevy of smash singles. Read the complete article, read the lyrics and watch the "Rain On The Scarecrow" video after the jump.

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