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02/20/2010 - Last night’s 21st annual Pollstar Concert Industry Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. recognized last summer’s Bob Dylan/John Mellencamp/Willie Nelson tour as the Most Creative Tour Package.

The event is staged by the Pollstar trade publication, which covers the worldwide concert industry in a weekly print magazine and daily Web service. Read More
02/18/2010 - John's official Fan Club,, is partnering with Rock Fest to make available a limited number of one day VIP tickets only for PAID Club members. They will include a July 17th ticket in the reserved seating area right in front of the stage, along with complimentary lunch, dinner, drinks, VIP area and parking. This is a limited offer and only available here. Typically VIP tickets are only sold in a package for all four nights but Rock Fest and Club Cherry Bomb have come together for this exclusive offer for the PAID club member!

The one day VIP tickets will be $176.50 plus taxes and fees each and will be sold directly via phone by Rock Fest using a PAID Club member exclusive password. The presale will begin on Friday February 19th, please watch the Club TOUR page for details. Visit their Read More
02/18/2010 - John Mellencamp and his band will headline Rock Fest 2010 in Cadott WI on Saturday, July 17th. Rock Fest is four day music festival.

Rock Fest officials tell that attendee surveys over the past few years have had John at the top of the wish list for future fests. The venue is a naturally sloping amphitheater that can hold 25,000+ in the audience.

Tickets to the festival go on sale this Saturday, February 20th, at 8 AM CT. Please visit for ticket pricing, complete line up and camping information.
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02/15/2010 - By Mike Leonard - Commentary - There was a point before the musical program at the White House last week when John Mellencamp looked around the room and wondered, “What am I doing here?”

The singers and performers assembled were mostly African-American and rightly so. The program was put together in recognition of Black History Month and titled, “In Performance at the White House: A Celebration of Music from the Civil Rights Movement.”

Morgan Freeman, Smokey Robinson, Natalie Cole, Yolanda Adams, the Five Blind Boys from Alabama. That all made sense. All had either lived through the civil rights era of the late 1950s and ‘60s or lived it vicariously through family members and mentors.

Of the three white entertainers there, Bob Dylan clearly belonged. When he wrote “The Times They Are A-Changin’,” the civil rights movement was very much on his mind.

Joan Baez helped galvanize the aspirations of blacks and whites with her ethereal version of the spir Read More
02/12/2010 - A complete, unedited version of John's performance of "Born in the U.S.A." from December's Kennedy Center Honors segment celebrating the music of honoree Bruce Springsteen has surfaced.

The four-minute clip really stretches out the song, which opens slowly with John on acoustic guitar, Kenny Aronoff clapping tambourines, and Andy York inserting electric guitar licks before the houseband gradually joins in, maintaining a mostly acoustic simmer for the first two before John cuts it off for at the two-minute mark for 30 seconds of a cappella Vietnam reminiscence. He then kicks it off into the full-fledged rock anthem made famous in Springsteen's hit version.

“I was very proud and humbled to have been able to play ‘Born In The U.S.A.’ in a different fashion--that I think was true to the feelings that Bruce had when he wrote it,” Mellencamp told us shortly after the program was taped on Dec. 6. “As just some kid in New Jersey making records, I bet he never imagined in his wilde Read More
02/10/2010 - Accurate predictions of the second major snowstorm in a week caused the scheduled Feb. 10 taping of “In Performance at the White House: A Celebration of Music from the Civil Rights Movement” to be moved a day ahead. But John's performance of "Keep Your Eyes On The Prize," the hymn that became a major civil rights anthem and was recorded by the likes of Mahalia Jackson, Odetta and Pete Seeger, was commended by both The Washington Post and The New York Times.

John prefaced a simmering rendition of the classic--which featured his acoustic guitar part on his vintage 1932 Martin buttressed by Andy York's electric guitar play--with a brief personal remembrance.

"In 1966 I was 14 years old," he said, then asked the attendees in the East Room of The White House whether they had any children, and if so, if they'd let their own 14 year-old "get in a car with a bunch of 21 year-old guys and go to a bar and play when they were 14, or go to a college and pl Read More
02/09/2010 - John returns to Washington, D.C. along with notables like Bob Dylan and Smokey Robinson, for the 2010 White House Music Series which begins this Wednesday, February 10th.

Hosted by President and Mrs. Obama in the White House East Room, the “In Performance at the White House: A Celebration of Music from the Civil Rights Movement” concert event will celebrate Black History month. Other artists slated to perform include Dylan, Robinson, Natalie Cole, Jennifer Hudson, John Legend, Seal, the Blind Boys of Alabama and the Howard University Choir, with Morgan Freeman and Queen Latifah serving as emcees. Following opening remarks from the President, it will feature songs from the Civil Rights Movement as well as readings from famous Civil Rights speeches and writings.

John will sing “Keep Your Eyes On the Prize,” an anthem of the civil rights movement that has been recorded by the likes of Mahalia Jackson, Odetta, Pete Seeger, and Mavis Staples.
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02/04/2010 - Last week’s MusiCares Person of the Year gala honoring Neil Young in Los Angeles was a joyous occasion, says Andy York, who played guitar on John’s tribute performance of his Farm Aid co-founding partner’s classic “Down By the River.”

“Kenny Aronoff played a cocktail drumkit we brought in from Indianapolis, and Don Was played upright bass and T Bone Burnett played this beautiful electric vibe guitar,” says York. “We rehearsed the song a couple times during soundcheck and it really felt like a band from the first note. It was a blast playing together.”

John, he notes, “sang with the conviction that he’s famous for.”

He adds: “We tried to make the song more spooky even than Neil’s original—with tremelo guitars and the cocktail drums and the upright bass all supporting John’s vocal delivery.”

John was the first performer in an all-star lineup that also included Ozomatli, Jackson Browne, David Crosby, Stephen Stills, Graham Nash, Sheryl Crow, Elton J Read More
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01/29/2010 - HBO Home Entertainment will release “The Official Inaugural Celebration DVD,” containing the pre-inaugural “We Are One” concert presentation along with the first-ever Neighborhood Ball and Barack Obama’s swearing-in ceremony and inaugural address, on April 13. Endorsed by the Presidential Inaugural Committee, the special edition two-disc collector’s set runs approximately 230 minutes and is priced at $19.97.

Accompanied by Andy York, John performed an exultant version of “Pink Houses” that had the huge crowd singing along with them and the Brookland Baptist Choir (Columbia, S.C.) behind them. President-elect Obama and Mrs. Obama and Vice President-elect Biden and Dr. Biden were equally thrilled.

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01/28/2010 - Tickets will go on sale January 29th for the April 2016 Plain Spoken Tour! Watch's TOUR page closely for updates.

PRE-SALES will once again be offering pre-sale ticket access for free members of Learn how to join and use our pre-sales HERE. Pre-sales begin on Wednesday, Jan. 27th at at 10:00 AM local time and last through Thursday, Jan. 28th at 10:00PM. Ticket limit will be 6 tickets per website member per show.

Will go on sale Wednesday, Jan. 27th at at 10:00 AM local time. LEARN MORE. Package limit is 6 per person per show.

The general public ticket on-sale for all shows are scheduled for Friday, Jan. 29th at 10:00 am local time (except Lawrence, Huntington, & Portland at 12pm local)

Purchase links will be available on's TOUR page.

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01/27/2010 - John returns to Washington, D.C. to sing with the likes of Bob Dylan and Smokey Robinson when The 2010 White House Music Series begins on Wednesday, February 10. He will also perform earlier that day at a companion workshop.

Hosted by President and Mrs. Obama in the White House East Room, the “In Performance at the White House: A Celebration of Music from the Civil Rights Movement” concert event will celebrate Black History month. Other artists slated to perform include Natalie Cole, Jennifer Hudson, John Legend, Seal, the Blind Boys of Alabama and the Howard University Choir, with Morgan Freeman and Queen Latifah serving as emcees.

John will sing the hymn “Keep Your Eyes On the Prize,” which became a major Civil Rights anthem and has been recorded by the likes of Duke Ellington featuring Mahalia Jackson, Odetta, Bob Dylan, Pete Seeger, Bruce Springsteen, and Mavis Staples. He will be accompanied by T Bone Burnett.

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01/25/2010 - By jim bessman for

Ever since Simon Cowell’s decision to step down at the end of the current season of “American Idol,” entertainment bloggers and prognosticators have speculated as to who will take his place as the belligerent judge. And any number of stars have been suggested (or suggested themselves), everyone from La Toya Jackson to “America’s Got Talent” judge Piers Morgan (the 2-1 favorite, according to gambling site to Elton John, whose rep quickly came out to nix the idea.

On Thursday, blogger Nicole Caminiti broached the inevitable in her “John Mellencamp: the Perfect Replacement for Simon Cowell on American Idol” piece. (LINK)

“I have followed this man's career for over 20 years and truth be told, I feel like I know him,” she wrote by way of explanation, no doubt expressing what many of Jo Read More
01/16/2010 - John will appear in DIRECTV’s first in a series of four one-hour “Farm Aid Presents” specials taped at Farm Aid 2009, to air on The 101 Network on DIRECTV over the next few months.

“Farm Aid Presents Jason Mraz & Friends” premieres on Monday, Jan. 18, at 9 p.m. Eastern Time and Pacific. It features performances by John and fellow Farm Aid board member Willie Nelson, as well as the full Farm Aid set from Mraz and songs by Will Dailey. It airs in both high definition and surround sound.

The Mraz special will be repeated throughout the rest of January and Feburary.
DIRECTV originally aired Farm Aid 2009 live from the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in Maryland Heights, Mo., just outside of St. Louis. Ambassador Entertainment Inc. produced the live presentation and the “Farm Aid Presents” specials.

Subsequent broadcasts of “Farm Aid Presents Jason Mraz & Friends” on The 101 Network are scheduled as follows:

1/19/10 8:00 AM & 6:00 PM
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01/12/2010 - John’s recent characterization here of his hugely ambitious “Ghost Brothers of Darkland County” musical theater collaboration with Stephen King as “very complicated” has been borne out by media confusion over the nature of the project.

In an effort to clarify, John, King and producer T Bone Burnett are finishing up the recording process for the deluxe three-CD set featuring the full text of the libretto and a recording of the music and script. The CD components involve the entire production—music and dialog—on two discs, with a single disc containing just the songs.

The set is still on track for release prior to the musical’s scheduled opening next September at Atlanta’s Alliance Theater. As has been reported, the production team has assembled a stellar cast to record the songs, including Kris Kristofferson, Elvis Costello, Rosanne Cash, Sheryl Crow, Neko Case, Dave and Phil Alvin. The casting of the Atlanta stage presentation is also underway.

Meanwhile, Burnett continues to Read More
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