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03/07/2011 - Read Sarah Houser's full article. Here are some excerpts: "the legacy of a truly remarkable artist whose work has spanned decades..."

"Mellencamp has a way of making every person feel as if they are at a private concert..."

"Age has worn on his voice, but it has also added strength, providing a new sound to his well-known classics...."
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03/04/2011 - Read Andy Greene's full Radio City Show review after the jump. Here are some excerpts: "For much of the last two decades, Mellencamp concerts have been built around his greatest hits. “I feel like a monkey on a string,” he says. “I’m a music lover, and it just turned into a spectacle. I could have made more money [on this tour] if I waited until the summer and played the hits. I’m just not that interested in that anymore...”

"The two-and-a-half hour set is his longest in years, and it’s not even the whole show:"
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03/04/2011 - Read Lee Zimmerman's full show review. Here are some excerpts: "It's to Mellencamp's credit that he's not content simply to spin out the crowd favorites and coast on perfunctory performances. For a man who turns 60 later this year, he's remarkably spry, possessing a polished stage presence that has him waltzing across the stage like the hippest MC..."

"Indeed, Mellencamp shows himself a powerful rock 'n' roll preacher..."
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03/04/2011 - Read Ben Crandell's complete blog review. Here are some excerpts: "a packed house was joyfully immersed in the elixir that the Indiana preacherman has been peddling for three decades now: straight Americana..."

"Mellencamp sounds good, looks good. The guy clearly has it..."

"His save-the-working-man rap continues to go over with audiences in an era when that kind of talk is out of fashion..."
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03/03/2011 - John will headline the Bud Light Stage on Saturday, April 30, 2011! His performance there is of special significance in light of the fact that much of his "No Better Than This" album was recorded at nearby Sun Studio where Elvis Presley, Howlin' Wolf, Johnny Cash and so many made their mark. The Beale Street Music Festival features over 60 acts on 4 stages in scenic Tom Lee Park in downtown Memphis, TN. For more information and ticket details click HERE. Read More
03/01/2011 - Long time John Mellencamp tour manager Harry Sandler is submitting some visual iPhone Postcards From The Road documenting John's activities. Our latest image is from
the Township Auditorium in Columbia, South Carolina on February 26th. After the jump we have a larger version of the photo.

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02/28/2011 - Read Hays Davis' full article after the jump. Here is an excerpt: "Mellencamp's voice has developed more of a growl over the years, but he maintains remarkable vocal strength. It's an instrument that's perfectly suited to a catalogue of songs that aim to provide a voice to a cast of uncelebrated working-class figures...."
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02/28/2011 - Read Bo Emerson's full show review. Here is an excerpt: "Mellencamp paced the show with theatrical flair, backing off the tension for low-key songs on acoustic instruments (such as his lilting duet with violinist Miriam Sturm on “Jackie Brown,”) and then bringing the full band back for the floor-stomping numbers like the show opener “Authority Song...”
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02/28/2011 - Read Sam Dobrow's full show review. Here are some excerpt: "Mellencamp's show deviates from the current trends in slick techno productions. The set is a simple stage with traditional spot lighting and a simple backdrop - there is nothing techno about this show except the excellent sound system. This could easily be a set for Saturday Night Live or one of the late night talk shows. The performance is very traditional, it's pure Mellencamp..."

"the power and rhythm of his voice are so moving it brings tears to the eyes. .."
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02/27/2011 - Read the I Live For Music complete blog after the jump. Here are some excerpts: "John Mellencamp and his ensemble of six musicians put on an incredible show, displaying formidable musicianship and taste, seamlessly blending new, unfamiliar songs with the unforgettable anthems from his glory days. .."

"Mellencamp’s music is simply great, and his aesthetic represents what can be great about American mainstream music..."
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02/25/2011 - guest photographer Jim Marchese captured John under the lights at Radio City Music Hall in New York City during the No Better Than This Tour. After the jump we have a larger version of the photo.

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02/24/2011 - Read John J. Moser's complete article after the jump. Here are some excerpts: "It wasn’t that Mellencamp was trying to fight age — although, by playing 24 songs in a show that lasted two hours and 10 minutes, he certainly was giving it a run. Rather, Mellencamp was refusing to let age dictate his life..."

"He played most of his hits, but often gave them a more rustic feel, starting with the opening “Authority Song,” which he recast as rockabilly. Late in the show, he played his biggest hit, “Jack and Diane,” as folk-bluegrass. He sang a shortened “Cherry Bomb” alone and a cappella..."

"none of the changes seemed to faze Mellencamp’s crowd, which, because it has aged — or at least matured — with him, seems to also have followed his musical journey, and embraced it..."
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02/23/2011 - Read Dan DeLuca Music Critic for the Philadelphia Inquirer full article after the jump. Here are some excerpts: "No matter how much he fights it, Mellencamp is still a charismatic front man and a seasoned entertainer..."

"Mellencamp, more than his white-guy generational peers, has always made music that bears the influence of Motown and other African American '60s dance music..."

"Mellencamp and band play with a bright, rhythmic dexterity that brings the music to life, even when their leader is fixating on his own mortality..."

"Bad idea. The movie, which, predictably, treats Mellencamp as if he were a god, has the deleterious effect of demystifying the concert to come. The first time I heard "Paper in Fire" on Monday, I remembered how much I liked it. The second time, I didn't like it as much..."
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02/21/2011 - Jon Pareles of the New York Times reviews John's Radio City Music Hall. Here is an excerpt: "It was one linchpin of a concert that seesawed between facing mortality — full of songs about death — and a stubborn determination to live fully..." Read the full article after the jump. Read More
02/20/2011 - guest photographer Mindy Veissid captured John and the band at the second show at Radio City Music Hall in New York City on February 19th.  After the jump we have additional larger size photos from the evening.

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