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08/01/2008 - “Emboldened by a Hall of Fame induction and his best album in years, the Heartland rocker is once again delivering profound, passionate performances.” Includes setlist, in-depth review and photo gallery. Read More
07/31/2008 - Mellencamp continues to speak for the people

By Tony Sauro
Record Staff Writer
July 31, 2008 6:00 AM
John Mellencamp makes his ambitions obvious with the title of his new album: "Life Death Love and Freedom."

It's not as presumptuous as it sounds.

The 56-year-old native of Seymour, Ind., who became a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on March 10, continues to voice the hopes, fears and disappointments of regular folks living regular lives - often in quiet desperation and emotional isolation - during a distressing time for many working-class Americans.

Mellencamp's 20th studio album, it follows up on 2007's self-produced "Freedom's Road" (without a Chevy truck commercial, that is) with its mostly barebones, traditionalist sound. There aren't any obvious arena-rock anthems here.

T Bone Burnett, known for his rootsy, organic approach, was a natural choice as producer - placing Mellencamp's songs in unadorned fr Read More
07/30/2008 - Be sure to tune in Friday night to catch John performing on NBC's The Tonight Show at 11:35 PM ET. Check your local listings for broadcast time and channel Read More
07/29/2008 - "John Mellencamp still rocks after three decades at the top…" Read More
07/29/2008 - John was recently asked about his feelings about the importance of record stores, here is what he had to say: "Immersing yourself in the environment of a real record store where music is celebrated and cherished adds real value to the experience of buying music. In some ways, that retail experience is as important as the music." A limited number of promotional 7" vinyl singles for "My Sweet Love" / "Longest Days" with the purchase of copies of John's new album at SELECT INDEPENDENT RECORD STORES. Read More
07/29/2008 - More exciting news on the Farm Aid front this week. Tickets went on sale to the general public on Monday and almost instantly SOLD OUT! Also on Monday Farm Aid announced that they added Kenny Chesney to bill of this year's concert. Be sure to watch the Farm Aid WEBSITE for continued updates. Read More
07/29/2008 - July 27 Red Rocks Amphitheatre - Denver, CO
The show was amazing! We were hit with rain before the show and off and on during Lucinda Williams’ set, but rewarded with a double rainbow over Red Rocks, an omen of the great evening that was to come. The song selection was great and the band was tight. We loved your new songs and had a blast singing along to the old favorites. A great set! Lisa D.

July 23 Riverbend Music Center - Cincinnati, OH
I attended the show at Riverbend Music Center on Wednesday, July 23. I thought the show was excellent. I liked the mix of music. I really like the new CD. I don’t think it is a dark as some of the reviews have suggested. I think it is only natural to question your own mortality as you age and that is exactly what John seems to be doing. I think he has done it with humor, thoughtfulness and a celebration of life. Jan B
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07/28/2008 - SIRIUS’ Spectrum channel to broadcast two-week channel highlighting the career of John Mellencamp! Read More
07/26/2008 - Billboard writer Gary Graff interviewed John recently about his new album. Read More
07/25/2008 - Writer Gene Triplett previews John’s OK show and interviews Mike Wanchic about his career with John Mellencamp Read More
07/24/2008 - "The singer, touring in support of the recently released "Life, Death, Love and Freedom," wisely beefed up the album's folksy arrangements so that the songs could stand toe-to-toe with stadium-ready anthems like 'Pink Houses.'" Read More
07/24/2008 - Kristie York Wooten, in a Newsweek web exclusive, interviews John about his life and career. Read More
07/23/2008 - John's new critically-acclaimed album, Life, Death, Love and Freedom debuts on the Billboard Top 200 album charts at #7 with approximately 56,000 copies sold!

The album follows up last year's JM album, Freedom's Road, which sold an equal amount of copies in the first week and also debuted in the Top 10! Life, Death, Love and Freedom is John's 2nd consecutive album, and 9th total, to go Top 10 on the Billboard Top 200. John's career includes 19 albums that have charted! Read More
07/23/2008 - Writer Dave Hoekstra reviews John’s Chicago concert "With a measured nuance, he sang about how life sweeps away the dreams we have planned. Such is the beauty of rock evolution." Read More
07/23/2008 - John speaks to Molly Meldrum about his new CD Life, Death, Love and Freedom and his upcoming tour down under.
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