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02/05/2011 - Read Sarah Rodman's full Lowell, MA show review. Here are some excerpts: "Mellencamp took a leap of faith with his set list. The joy of that liberation was palpable..."

"the sold-out crowd happily took the leap with him.. " Read More
02/05/2011 - Read Thomas Kintner's full show review. Here is an excerpt. "His show Friday at the Palace Theater in Waterbury was a rousing journey through the territory he has covered over the years, a forceful reminder of his music's strength and flexibility..."
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02/04/2011 - If you're coming to hear the greatest hits, don't even come," John Mellencamp, who kicked off a 33-date run last night in Lowell, Massachusetts, tells Rolling Stone. For his first theater tour since 1997, Mellencamp is playing a two-hour-plus show that includes a solo acoustic miniset and a country-blues combo, before finishing with a full band.

"I have zero interest in walking into an arena and banging out those hits again," he says. "I'm 59 years old. and I look fucking ridiculous." Instead, he’s busting out rarities like 1989's "Jackie Brown" and covering Blind Willie McTell. Even his biggest songs are getting reworked: "Authority Song" got a rockabilly makeover, and "Jack and Diane" has become a country-swing tune.

Instead of bringing along a warm-up band, Mellencamp is screening a documentary, It's About You, shot on the road during his tour with Bob Dylan in 2009. "I like the idea of people walking into the theater and a movie is playing," he says. "It'll be like those old Dick Clark Caravan of Stars revues."

After the jump read Patrick Doyle's full article that includes the set list.
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02/03/2011 - John Mellencamp and his band bringing the No Better Than This Tour to audiences following the August 17, 2010 release of his Rounder Records debut album, No Better Than This. The tour, designed as a uniquely formatted “evening with,” brings Mellencamp’s music to theater-sized venues, a rare opportunity to experience one of America’s most iconic songwriters and performers in an intimate setting, highlighting all phases of his artistry. Read More
02/03/2011 - The second leg of the No Better Than This Tour kicks off tonight, Thurs. Feb. 3rd in Lowell, MA. Look for complete coverage, concert updates, and news reviews of the tour on Mellencamp.com, the Mellencamp.com Blog and John's Facebook page as the tour progresses. Read More
02/03/2011 - If you missed John's appearance at the A&E studios with Lynn Hoffman in January, there are several segments posted on their site. Check out John's performance of Small Town and watch part of his discussion with Lynn on the A&E website. Read More
02/02/2011 - We have begun selecting winners, watch your email to see if you have been picked for a Front Row Seat Upgrade! Many of you have not yet redeemed your free MP3 download of No Better Than This - and time is running out for you to win a front row upgrade!

Yes, there's still time to redeem your download and, no, it doesn't cost anything. It's easy too: If you purchased tickets online to any U.S. show on the February through April 2011 No Better Than This Tour and redeemed your album MP3 download codes you have a chance to be as close to the stage as any non-band or crew member to see and hear one of music's all-time greatest singer-songwriters from, quite literally, "the best seats in the house."

A few days before each of the U.S. shows winners of the FRONT ROW UPGRADE will be selected and contacted. Redeem today, before it's too late! After the jump find the easy detailed instructions for the download process. Read More
02/01/2011 - An evening with John Mellencamp doesn't mean John is just simply playing without an opening act. As people enter the show and get to their seats a movie entitled It's About You will be playing. The film documents John's summer 2009 tour and the recording sessions for his new album. Additionally, a selection of his large format paintings are on display in the lobby! Make sure you look for them at your No Better Than This Tour stop!
Watch the It's About You Trailer:
Watch Its About You on Vimeo
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01/25/2011 - January 20, 2011 Issue - By Patrick Doyle - Wild Nights: “If you’re coming to hear the greatest hits, don’t even come,” says John Mellencamp, who will kick off a 33-date run on February 3rd in Lowell, Massachusetts. For his first theater tour since 1997, Mellencamp is prepping a two-hour-plus show that includes a solo-acoustic miniset and a country-blues combo, before finishing with a full band. “I have zero interest in walking into an arena and banging out those hits again,” he says. “I’m 59 years old, and I look fucking ridiculous.” Instead, he’s busting out rarities like 1989’s “Jackie Brown” and covering Son House. Even his biggest songs are getting reworked: “Authority Song” will get a rockabilly makeover, and “Jack and Diane” has become a country-swing tune.

Big Screen: Instead of bringing along a warm-up band, Mellencamp will be screening a documentary, It's About You, that was shot on the road during his tour with Bob Dylan in 2009. “I like the idea of people walking into the theater and a movie is playing,” he says. “It’ll be like those old Dick Clark Caravan of Stars revues.”

What’s Next: The singer’s decade-in-the-works musical Ghost Brothers of Darkland County – a collaboration with Stephen King – will premier at Atlanta’s Alliance Theatre in 2012. Liv Ullman is set to direct, Meg Ryan may star, and the soundtrack is nearly done. Produced by T Bone Burnett, the LP will include tracks written by Mellencamp and sung by Kris Kristofferson, Elvis Costello and Rosanne Cash. “For Americana music,” says Mellencamp, “it’s about as different as Sgt. Pepper was for rock music.”
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01/20/2011 - In early December, John paid a visit to A&E's studios for an interview and acoustic performance with the Private Sessions host Lynn Hoffman. The one hour conversation and mini concert debuts this Sunday January 23rd at 9 AM ET. Head to the Private Sessions website to view photos from the show. After the jump we have a larger version of the video.

BEHIND THE SCENES AT THE A&E STUDIOS
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01/20/2011 - Details were announced today for the 2011 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and John is on the roster of artists performing!

John's performance will be on Sunday, May 1st. There are over 600 artists expected to perform at the world renowned fest that takes place at New Orleans' Fair Grounds Race Course over 10 days.

The Festival celebrates the indigenous music and culture of New Orleans and Louisiana, so the music encompasses every style associated with the city and the state: blues, R&B, gospel, Cajun, zydeco, Afro-Caribbean, folk, Latin, rock, rap, country, bluegrass and everything in between. And of course there is lots of jazz, both contemporary and traditional.

Visit www.nojazzfest.com to purchase tickets and read the full press release. Read More
01/18/2011 - Read Ellis Widner's full list on the Arkansas online website. #2 . John Mellencamp, On the Rural Route 7609, Island/ Mercury, four CDs, $99.99

This box, packaged like a hardcover book, captures the essence of John Mellencamp’s life and career. And its title? “I started making records in ’76, and the most recent track on the collection was done in ’09. So Rural Route 7609; it’s like an address. I thought it sounded cool,” Mellencamp told writer Anthony DeCurtis in the superb liner notes of this excellent retrospective, which focuses not on hits, but the key songs of his career.

“For anyone interested in finding the real John Mellencamp, this is where he’s been, and where he lives,” DeCurtis writes.

Couldn’t agree more. That is the key to understanding the music and the man, or misunderstanding both. Read More
01/13/2011 - Read Gary von Tersch's full review after the jump. Here is an excerpt: "He's been a nascent instigator of the Americana genere... This is one of his best yet..."
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01/10/2011 - John's current release has been a fixture in the year end "Best of 2010" news and magazine articles receiving critical praise! Click HERE  to read some of these great year end reviews. Read More
01/10/2011 - Did you miss John's incredible December 6th acoustic performance of "Save Some Time To Dream" and his interview on CBS's Late Show with David Letterman? Did you catch the in-depth Public Radio Bob Edwards interview or the NPR World Cafe conversation? Catch up on all the best content by seeing our  FEATURED NEWS. Read More
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