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11/21/2010 - John was the guest on the "playlist" feature on ABC's Nightline Friday, November 19, 2010. The late-night program asks famous performers to list their favorite songs/influences.

Born in small town: Rocker John Mellencamp shares the music that he grooves to.

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11/21/2010 - Read Scott Mervis' Heinz Hall show review. Here is an excerpt: "if his game was an eight before, he's taken it up to a 10 on this tour...."
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11/20/2010 - Read Gary Graff's review of the Fox Theater show. Here is an excerpt: "part of four decades of refining and reinventing himself -- and still leaving 'em in the U.S.A. by the end of the night..."
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11/19/2010 - Read Maggie Burbank's feature on ABC News. Here are some excerpts: "As a result of the recording technique, the songs on Mellencamp's new album sound as if they came from another time. The simplicity of the music and melodies serve as a tribute to simpler times of the past.

Mellencamp admitted he has little time for modern music, and is still in love with the first voice he ever remembered hearing.

"My earliest musical memory, I was able to hear on a stereo in our living room -- a great big piece of furniture -- I was able to hear Woody Guthrie," Mellencamp said of one of his biggest musical influences. "Lucky for me, one of the first voices I ever heard come out of this stereo."..."

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11/18/2010 - Read John Soeder's full show review. Here are some excerpts: "the best performance I’ve witnessed from him yet ..."

"he belted out new material and old favorites alike with an exhilarating sense of purpose and devil-may-care passion..."
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11/18/2010 - John was interviewed at his home and on the road in Bend, OR during this past summer at one of his stops on the Dylan Tour by Q Magazine's Paul Rees. After the jump we have the full print article and the photos taken by Robert Gallagher during this session. Read More
11/17/2010 - Read Peter Chianca's review of No Better Than This.Here are some excerpts: "They make for Mellencamp’s most improbably compelling album since 1984’s “Scarecrow...”

"With “No Better Than This,” Mellencamp has worked out a low-key triumph..." Read More
11/17/2010 - Read Ross Finney's South Bend show review. Here are some excerpts: "the native Hoosier had the packed audience in the palm of his hand Saturday at his excellent performance at the Morris Performing Arts Center..."

"If a dangerous old man can continue to put on shows like his, there might be nothing better..."
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11/17/2010 - Read James Grant's Embassy Theatre show review. Here are some excerpts: "Much like the late Johnny Cash, Mellencamp is able to take the force of rock music and combine it with country, blues and themes of the American everyman to form a unique blend that is real and raw..."

"It was a great night of music – and a testament to how much Mellencamp believes in his songwriting and his willingness to change..."
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11/17/2010 - Read Rick Mason's preview of the Orpheum Show. Here are some excerpts: "one of the most extraordinary transformations in popular music history..."

"as a perceptive chronicler of human struggles and real life in all those small towns he helped put back on the map. At the same time he established his band as one of the tightest, hardest working ensembles in the biz, and became an outspoken advocate for family farmers..." Read More
11/17/2010 - wants YOUR concert reviews of John’s current No Better Than This tour. After the jump we have our first excerpts from the best reviews that have been posted. Read More
11/15/2010 - Read Greg Kot's Turn It Up Blog. Here are some excerpt: "It adds up to one of Mellencamp’s best albums.."

"In a recent interview, Mellencamp discussed his life as a “recovering” rock star.
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11/15/2010 - Read Andrews S. Hughes review of The Morris Performing Arts Show. Here are some excerpts: "So do rockabilly, country and spirituals, the other three main ingredients for much of his concert Saturday at the Morris Performing Arts Center..."

"Mellencamp devoted more than two-thirds of the set list to new songs and reworked versions of older songs, usually in one or more of those four styles, before ending with a rock set that was mostly greatest hits but still managed to sneak in two recent songs with full-band arrangements. .."

"It takes daring and creativity to do that, and Mellencamp and his band proved they have both — as well as the material to back it up..."
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11/14/2010 - Martin Bandyke's of the Free Press spoke to John about his new album, his philosophy about playing gigs and his upcoming multimedia collaboration with Stephen King. Here is an excerpt: ""No Better Than This," is a beautifully realized collection of deeply felt songs..."

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11/13/2010 - Read Rob Nichols' review of the Hinkle Fieldhouse show. Here are some excerts: "good sound, a refreshingly patient and attentive crowd, and a tight, rehearsed and raw band that seemed to be enjoying their own performance..."

"A wiser, less caustic Mellencamp has emerged on his recent records. He understands mortality is part of life, and works to share with his audience those lessons - and that finding a realistic but fufilling emotional life is a constant, struggling quest..."
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