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11/11/2011 - Read Jeff Walker's complete North Charleston Performing Arts Center show review after the jump. Here are some excerpts. "Faithful fans couldn’t have been any more delighted as Mellencamp took the audience on a two hour journey down a long and winding musical career..."

"Judging from the crowd reaction before, during, and after the show, Mellencamp's debut in the low country was a well worth the wait for baby boomers and music lovers alike. Mellencamp is akin to a fine wine, he apparently gets better with age. His voice and his persona still resonate with blue collar America..." Read More
11/10/2011 - Read Linda Sickler's complete show preview and interview after the jump. Here are some excerpts: "“I would define it as an evening with John Mellencamp in three acts,” York said. “Act One is the rockabilly portion, Act Two is the acoustic set, and Act Three is the take-no-prisoners rock set...”

"“He’s such a great songwriter you really want to serve the song as best you can..” “A lot of times, we catch lighting in a bottle and we’re off and running..” Read More
11/10/2011 - Jared Booth of the Charleston City Paper reviews the North Charleston Performing Art Center show. Here is an excerpt: "Mellencamp delivered the goods to a packed house of long-time fans. The stage was set impeccably, with an understated, nostalgic theme, and fantastic production value..." Read More
11/10/2011 - The Alliance Theatre in Atlanta announced the casting of "Ghost Brothers of Darkland County."

Ghost Brothers will debut at Atlanta's Alliance Theatre April 4, 2012, under the direction of artistic director Susan V. Booth. Performances are scheduled through May 13, 2012.

“It’s a pretty extraordinary thing when you get to offer an artistic home to Stephen King, John Mellencamp and T Bone Burnett," said Booth in a statement. "This piece is dear to these gents’ hearts and I’m thrilled we’re able to bring it to life at the Alliance Theatre.” Watch the commercial

After the jump we have details of those cast along with the key production people. Read More
11/08/2011 - Read Bill DeYoung's full interview after the jump. Here are some excerpts: " "The whole concept behind this show is music, as opposed to hit parade. So many years in arenas, doing big arena rock shows and all that, that really kind of relegates you to a certain realm of your catalogue. The object of this exercise was to move past that, and into what we consider the great songs..."

""The crowd kind of knows what to expect. It's liberating in a lot of senses..." I think at this point in John's career, it's about music, and it's strictly about music..." Read More
11/06/2011 - Read John J. Moser's full blog review after the jump. Here are some excerpts: "an exercise in defiance in the face of growing older..." "the show was an acknowledgment of the restrictions and regrets of age, but also a statement Mellencamp was going to take it on his way..."

"Mellencamp seemed similarly rejuvenated. .." "there was no evidence that Mellencamp isn’t still improving. Throughout the show, he danced – not as if he had something to prove, but simply because he wanted to, and could..." Read More
11/03/2011 - Read Curtis Schieber complete Palace Theater concert review after the jump. Here are some expcerpts: "His odyssey has not only fueled the evolution of his music but peppered his songs with wry observations, folksy truths and a populist appeal that carries him still. Last night, the newest incarnation proved not only honest but often musically stunning..."

"the singer sounded like he lives inside the song..." Read More
11/03/2011 - Read Jenny Luth's complete Grand Rapids show review after the jump. Here are some excerpts: "Bold and full of life, John Mellencamp was just as he should be on Tuesday night at DeVos Performance Hall in Grand Rapids..."

"Suddenly Mellencamp came to life in a way that I had never seen in the larger scale venues of the past..." Read More
11/03/2011 - There's a curious lyric on John Mellencamp's latest album, 2010's "No Better Than This." On the lost-love track, "Thinking About You," he opens the song by singing, "It's not my nature to be nostalgic at all."

Mellencamp, not nostalgic? The southern Indiana native built his 35-year career as the patron saint of small towns, America's heartland and a simpler way of life.
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11/02/2011 - Read John Sinkevics full show review from the Devos Performance Hall in Grand Rapids after the jump. Here are some excerpts. "successful in solidifying his reputation as one of rock's most dynamic, charismatic stage performers..."

"the kind of guy who turns audiences into believers every time they see him, inspired by a singer who might be calculated but is never slick, and whose bravado and swagger – and rootsy songwriting – serve him oh so well in the spotlight..." Read More
10/28/2011 - Read Jordan Zivitz complete concert review after the jump. Here are some excerpts: "If he was a folksinger at heart in the 1980s, he was a folksinger in body, mind and spirit as well for much of his Place des Arts show Thursday night..."

"the furious pacing left no time to breathe, although even now Mellencamp wasn’t about to pander..."

"Mellencamp – an old soul when he was originally fighting authority – has aged as gracefully as any of his peers..."
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10/26/2011 - Read Jed Gottlieb's full Boston, MA show review at The Wang Theater on October 25th after the jump. Here are some excerpts: "Mellencamp’s new stuff is as brutal as it is awesome"...

"he wants to entertain, put on a good show. And good God did he...."
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10/26/2011 - John and the band perform one of the many fan favorite songs "Check It Out" live at the Farm Aid 2011 concert in Kansas City on August 13th at the LIVESTRONG Sporting Park. After the jump we have a larger version of the video.
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10/26/2011 - John performs an acoustic "Small Town" live at the Farm Aid 2011 concert in Kansas City on August 13th at the LIVESTRONG Sporting Park. After the jump we have a larger version of the video. Read More
10/26/2011 - The fall leg of John Mellencamp’s No Better Than This Tour kicked off last night (10/25) in Boston.  Like any good group, John and his bandmates rehearsed before hitting the road, and surprisingly, like many younger bands, they did it in a garage.  Mellencamp’s guitarist, Mike Wanchic, explained it to us. 

“We have a recording studio in a little town called Nashville, Indiana, which is right outside Wilmington, had it since ’76.  It was a converted house.  It had a garage built into a hill out of blocks.  That is our rehearsal space.  We actually rehearse in a garage, just like I did in the eighth grade.  It’s a nicer garage, but it’s a garage.”
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