10/20/2016 - Read Dan Kane's complete review of the Akron Civic Theatre show on October 19th after the jump. Here is an excerpt: "Mellencamp accompanied himself on acoustic guitar for "Jack and Diane," and with piano backing crooned a nightclub number in a style reminiscent of Tom Waits. His rendition of Robert Johnson's "Stones in My Passway" was impassioned blues. He sang "Pop Singer," which denounces shallow radio pap, with sly humor. Read More
10/20/2016 - From the moment he strolled out on stage with his Fender Telecaster until the final notes of his last song 95 minutes later, John Mellencamp had the sold-out crowd at the F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts in Wilkes-Barre on Friday, Oct. 14 in the palm of his hand.
Sometimes they sang along, sometimes they danced, sometimes they just sat and listened intently to his words at the second show of the seventh and final leg of the “Plain Spoken” tour.
.Read the complete show review with a link to photos from the evening after the jump. Read More
10/15/2016 - “Ladies and Gentlemen, from Bloomington, Indiana, please welcome Mr. John
Mellencamp,” echoed throughout the F.M. Kirby Center.
The lights on the stage rose and a six-piece band stood together on stage.
Chords from “Lawless Times” shook the theater as guitar and fiddles were met
with cheers and claps.
Then, out walked the man of the hour, which brought everyone to their feet as
he bowed to his fans.
John Mellencamp wowed a sold-out crowd at the F.M. Kirby Center for the
Performing Arts Friday evening as a part of his seventh and final leg of the
Plain Spoken Tour. Read the complete Kirby Center review after the jump. Read More
10/12/2016 - John kicked off his 2016 Fall Plain Spoken Tour at The Hanover Theatre in Worcester, MA last night to rave reviews. Read Jim Perry's of Worcester Magazine complete review of the show after the jump. Here are some excerpts: "He continues to prove that he is an artist who does not sit on his laurels, but continues to grow..."
"His backing band was stellar, bringing out every nuance the songs demanded, and you could tell immediately this was going to be a night of serious music..."
"He caressed the audience as if they were hanging out in his living room..." Read More
10/12/2016 - John Mellencamp rocked the Hanover Theater Tuesday night, kicking off the final leg of his “Plain Spoken” tour on his only stop in New England scheduled during the extended performances.
He is touring with an entourage of stellar musicians on accordion, violin, guitar, keyboard, bass and drums performing heartland rock with traditional instrumentation on his "Plain Spoken" Tour, named for his 2015 album. Read Paula Owen's complete review after the jump. Read More
10/07/2016 - John Mellencamp rumbles into Worcester Tuesday, Oct. 11 to kick off the final leg of a tour that started last year. “Plain Spoken” is the name of both the tour and Mellencamp’s 2015 album, his 22nd studio recording, and the show at Hanover Theatre promises to be among the most intimate yet. Mellencamp’s longtime friend and guitarist, Mike Wanchic, and opening act Carlene Carter spoke with Worcester Magazine about the 2016 Fall leg of the Plain Spoken tour. Read the complete interview after the jump. Read More
09/20/2016 - Luminaries from the film, music and writing worlds honored Tom Waits and folk singer John Prine for their songwriting at the Song Lyrics of Literary Excellence Awards on Monday, September 19th.
John Mellencamp, Elvis Costello and Roseanne Cash took turns performing renditions of the artists' songs before a crowd of more than 500 people at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum. John opened the ceremony with an a cappella version of Prine's 1978 song "Sabu Visits the Twin Cities Alone," which imagines the later years of an Indian child actor from the early 1940s. Mellencamp called the lyrics "sophisticated but simple."
"Who writes songs like that?" he said. "Two people come to mind — God and John Prine." Read the complete article and view a photo slide show after the jump. Read More
09/19/2016 - Farm Aid 2016 celebrated its 31st show with its annual concert this past Saturday, Sept. 17th in Bristow, VA at the Jiffy Lube Live. John's rocking performance was a highlight of a day packed with great music. Watch "Small Town" and the rest of John's set after the jump.
09/16/2016 - When John Mellencamp took the stage at the first Farm Aid on Sept. 22, 1985, he had no idea that it would become an annual event.
"We thought we'd do this concert, idealistically believing that it was the right thing to do, and laws would be passed protecting people," Mellencamp, 64, tells
PEOPLE exclusively. "We thought that one concert would do it. But then we found out very rapidly that we were entering into an arena that was much more complicated and filled with more political and economical factors than we could have imagined." Read this enlightening interview after the jump. Read More
08/29/2016 - John Mellencamp, Jackson Browne and Fleetwood Mac's Lindsey Buckingham are
featured on the official soundtrack to the Showtime series
Roadies, which was just
released digitally and will be available for purchase as a physical album
Friday, September 2. The record is made up almost entirely of new live
performances by various artists, many of whom made cameo appearances on the
show. Purchase the official soundtrack now on
Apple Music. Purchase “Longest Days” from John's July 31, 2016
Roadies creator, writer and director Cameron Crowe explains of the show’s
music, “Great care was taken that the songs chosen for each artist have another
meaning, a thread to our story or characters. The only rule was: no lip-syncing
to playback. Not even to live versions recorded in a previous take. These would
be authentic live performances. Real performances. That’s where the magic
happens, for an audience and even a crew.” Read More
To help the group raise additional funds, Mellencamp will also invite the highest Veterans Matter Walk fundraiser and a guest to his show that evening with a meet-and-greet immediately following. The singer is donating an additional ticket package to support the Oct. 19 fundraiser hosted by his long-time tour manager and 1Matters board member Harry Sandler. Sandler will be presenting an October-long show of his photography, “Images of a Photographic Journey,” at the Toledo School for the Arts Porter Gallery. Read the complete press release after the jump.
07/29/2016 - Today, Republic Records and Stardog Records release the fifth track from the
soundtrack album (“Music From the SHOWTIME Original Series Roadies)—John
Mellencamp’s “Longest Days (Live).” Listen to it exclusively on Apple Music
John offers up a live
rendition of his 2008 hit “Longest Days.” The legendary singer/songwriter’s
instantly recognizable voice drives the song with raw power and passion.
Mellencamp makes a very special appearance on the next episode of
“Longest Days.” Check out a preview of the performance
Be sure to tune in Sunday July 31, 2016 at 10pm on
SHOWTIME.Read the complete press release after the jump. Read More
07/20/2016 - Sammy Hagar paid John a visit at his Bloomington, Indiana home to film an episode of
Rock & Roll Road Trip With Sammy Hagar, a six-episode original series from AXS
TV. Read Sammy's Red Rocker Blog from the film shoot with John after the jump. . Head to the
site for schedules and airtimes. Read More
07/13/2016 - John Mellencamp’s Plain Spoken Tour has been called “a triumphant, career-spanning show” (Hollywood Reporter) and a “superb performance…still full of fiery defiance” (Boston Globe). Following a run of more than 100 sold-out shows, Mellencamp announced today the seventh and final leg of the Plain Spoken tour, with support artist Carlene Carter, kicking off October 11 at the Hanover Theater in Worcester, MA.
Plain Spoken Tour
Tickets on sale Fri., April 29 at 10am local time unless otherwise noted.
Tues 11-Oct Worcester, MA The Hanover Theatre
Wed 12-Oct Utica, NY The Stanley Theatre
Fri14-Oct Wilkes-Barre, PA FM Kirby Center
Sat 15-Oct Atlantic City, NJ Borgata Event Center
Tues 18-Oct Hershey, PA Hershey Theatre
Wed 19-Oct Akron, OH Akron Civic Theatre
Fri 21-Oct Toledo, OH Stranahan Theatre
Sat 22-Oct Niagara Falls, NY Seneca Niagara Casino
Tues 25-Oct Chicago, IL The Chicago Theatre
Wed 26-Oct Richmond, KY EKU Center For The Arts
Fri 28-Oct Columbia, MO Jesse Auditorium
Sun 30-Oct Ames, IA Stephens Auditorium
Tue 1-Nov Lincoln, NE Lied Center for the Performing Arts
Wed 2-Nov Sioux Falls, SD Washington Pavilion
Fri 4-Nov Grand Forks, ND Chester Fritz Auditorium
Read the complete press release after the jump. Read More
06/27/2016 - John Mellencamp, along with over 200 other artists, music-industry executives
and Billboard Magazine, have signed an Open Letter To Congress: Stop Gun
Violence Now. The open letter is the front and back cover of the current issue
of Billboard Magazine. John's signature and the Open Letter can be seen
HERE. Complete details after the jump. Read More