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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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11/12/2010 - John's recently launched No Better Than This Tour has been barnstorming across the Midwest and breaking new creative ground! The show finds John using numerous configurations ranging from solo acoustic to full-tilt rock during his 24 song/2+ hour performance.

Some of John's best known songs have been "re-imagined" this time around, definitely a stylistic departure of consummate brilliance. The show includes a significant number of songs from No Better Than This so this isn't just a "greatest hits" recital by any measure. The show begins with a small band setup including sounds that reach back to the beginning of the rock era. The middle portion of the show features various configurations of his band moving through acoustic, folk and Americana themed material. The last third of the show is fully electrified as his complete band closes out the show with a smoking rock set. After the jump we have links to some of the best tour content fans should check out. Read More
11/10/2010 - Read John Heidt's full review. Here is an excerpt: No Better Than This is an amazing project that could have come across incredibly self-conscious. Instead it's a testament to the power of simplicity and brilliant songwriting that, to this point, may be the best record made by one of rock's best songwriters.
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11/10/2010 - Read the Abolute Sound full No Better Than This review. Here is an excerpt: "T Bone’s sonics are typically uncluttered and atmospheric, but Mellencamp’s hoarse musings add the soulful grit that raises the whole enterprise to an inspired exercise in unvarnished Americana..." Read More
11/10/2010 - web team is submitting photos documenting the No Better Than This Tour. Our latest image is from Friday night's tour kickoff at the IU Auditorium in John's hometown of Bloomington, IN

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11/09/2010 - Read David Lindquist's Clowes Hall show review. Here are some excerpts: "the "No Better Than This" tour stacks up to be the most forward-thinking road show in Mellencamp's Hall of Fame career..."

"He's finally liberated himself from a classic-rock albatross to drink deeply from American roots music..." Read More
11/08/2010 - Long time Indianapolis Star music writer David Lindquist, who has covered John's career since the 1990's, is writing a series of blogs to build up to John's two performances in Indianapolis this week. The first several installments are already posted. Click HERE to read the blogs. Read More
11/07/2010 - Read Katie Moulton's full show review. Here are some excerpts: "The roots-rock veteran did look like he was having fun last night at the Fox Theatre, punching all his marks while remaining heartfelt..."

"the honesty of Mellencamp's mission comes through in footage of the recording sessions. To see the small band of session players huddled around a single 1940s-era microphone, to think that Better is the first mono-only release to make the top 10 since 1964, and to listen as steady, unobtrusive T-Bone Burnett cajoles profanity-firing Mellencamp into a take - well, that's pretty cool..." Read More
11/06/2010 - Read Joel Francis' Kansas City show review. Here are some excerpts: "Mellencamp used his vast songbook to explore the nooks and crannies of American music..."

"The smallest moments were the biggest.."

"it’s clear from the first half of the night that his songwriting chops are as strong as ever..." Read More
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