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06/15/2012 - John's 2012 Canadian No Better Than This Tour is underway! John and the band head out for a cross Canada trek, from west to east, over the course of five weeks starting mid June. The tour starts in British Columbia and continues east, including concert performances in Alberta, Saskatchewan, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland. Mellencamp will be joined by Canada’s own Cowboy Junkies who are his special guests for this run of dates.

After the jump please read the full press release, ticket pre sale information and public on sale ticket information. Read More
04/24/2012 - John is headlining the Ottawa Blues Fest in Ottawa, ON, on July 12, 2012. Mellencamp.com registered members will have the opportunity to purchase pre-sale tickets for the Ottawa show on Wednesday, April 25th at 12 PM, ET, through Friday, April 27th. Tickets will go on sale to the public on April 28th at 10 AM, ET

Visit the TOUR section for complete show details, pre-sale times and ticket prices. Click the small blue information icon for show-specific information. Click HERE to learn more about how our free pre-sales work. There will be no premium ticket packages for this show. Read More
04/03/2012 - At 10 AM local venue time on Thursday, April 5th there will be a Bayfest pre-sale for registered members of Mellencamp.com. The pre-sale will include both the general admission area as well as the two VIP sections located in front of the stage. One VIP section serves alcohol (must be 19 years or over to enter) Both have their own washrooms and beverage and food areas.

Visit the TOUR section for complete show details, pre-sale times and ticket prices. Click the small blue information icon for show-specific information. Click HERE to learn more about how our free pre-sales work. Read More
03/30/2012 - Due to high ticket demand John has added a second show for Friday, July 6th in St. John's NL at the Mile One Centre and July 10th in Dartmouth, NS at the Dartmouth Sportsplex! All tickets are on sale now to the general public. Premium Ticket Packages are available at VIPnation.com. Read More
01/05/2012 - It's About You - Clip 1: Recording No One Cares About Me


It's About You - Clip 2: Recording Coming Down The Road

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02/05/2011 - During a soundcheck for an appearance on the Late Show with David Letterman in December, John Mellencamp performed "Delia," a ballad originally recorded 71 years ago by Blind Willie McTell. Mellencamp warmed up with it again at a recent taping for A&E's Private Sessions with Lynn Hoffman.

Back in December, in his dressing room on the sixth floor of the Letterman taping, a gravel-voiced Mellencamp sipped from a bottle of chocolate milk and explained why he’s been playing the blues classic. "If you go back and look at American music, like 'Delia' for example, it was all about death, it was all about suffering," Mellencamp tells Rolling Stone. "That's why they call it the blues. In today's world, we've had so many candy-coated songs that have become popular music."

Like much of Mellencamp's recent material, the song takes a close look at mortality, but he doesn't see it as dark. "People say, 'Oh my God! He's talking about dying, Oh my God! He's talking about sorrow,'" he says. "Then it's like people hang this tag on it as dark. The original American songs were always dark. There was probably a couple happy ones I assume, but my research has always led me to these types of songs. And I think these types of songs are more of what we hide from then we want to admit. I don't know what people think. I don't know what they think because I don't read the songs that way. You just saw me play 'Delia.' I mean, did I sing it sad? You know, it's a sad fucking song."
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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
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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12/28/2010 - For much of the past month, No Depression been trying to arrive at a solid list of the Top 20 Albums of 2010. During round one, readers were asked to submit a personal Top 20 list, which was, thereafter, narrowed down to 100-or-so contenders, and another another round of voting ensued. In the end, they came up with three lists: one which represents the original votes from Round One; another which reflects artists' ability to leverage their social networks and the enthusiasm of their fans; and another which was a consensus of some ND Featured Bloggers.

No Better Than This ranked 4th on the Bloggers Top 20, 5th in the readers submitted votes and 2nd in the open online voting. After the jump we have all three complete Top 20 lists. Read More
12/20/2010 - After the jump click the link to read Pat Driscoll's full Top 10 list.

7.) John Mellencamp – No Better Than This
I can’t explain it either, guys but here it is. I loved this record. Absolutely loved it. And I’m not even a Mellencamp guy. I am, however, a T. Bone Burnett guy and he’s a real star here. He and Mellencamp recorded these songs in mono into a single microphone which captured the whole band at once. As a result, you can kind of hear these songs live and breathe. Yes, it’s old fashioned and a bit precious but at the same time, it’s also kind of new all over again. There’s no mistaking it either. No Better Than This just sounds different from any other record released this year and “Coming Down the Road”, “No One Cares About Me” and “Love At First Sight” as is good a three song run on a record this year.
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12/17/2010 - Read John Metzger's full 4.5 out of 5 star No Better Than This review. Here are some excerpts: "Considering the strength and consistency of his creations in the past few years, it is safe to say that Mellencamp is getting better with age..."

"In retrospect, however, everything that Mellencamp has done thus far sounds like a long, meandering prelude to his latest effort No Better than This..." Read More
12/17/2010 - Read Anthony Kuminski's full review of John's Chicago, IL show at the Chicago Theater on November 27th. Here are some excerpts: "John Mellencamp's latest concert tour is full of American fools, dreamers, saints, sinners and above all else survivors. For over two hours, Mellencamp shined a light on these characters in what is more than his best concert tour in nearly two decades, but without question, the best concert I experienced in all of 2010..."

"This is the type of tour artists of stature spend years talking about, but almost never do. .."
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12/16/2010 - PopMatters is an international online magazine of cultural criticism offering sharp, entertaining writing on a wide range of topics in pop culture, offering a refuge from the usual hype and gossip. Read Steve Lefrdige's full list of picks on the Pop Matters site. Here is an excerpt: "As a result, instead of making any attempt to assimilate, legendary artists like John Mellencamp and Robert Plant are mining the minimalist sounds of American roots history..." After the jump read the #2 No Better Than This pick.
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12/16/2010 - Now in its thirteenth year of online publication, The Music Box is a daily music and entertainment magazine featuring reviews, music news, tour dates, interviews, feature articles, Read John Metzger's top 10 list on The Music Box site. After the jump read the No Better Than This #2 pick. Read More
12/14/2010 - Pittsburgh Tribute-Review staff writer Rege Behe reviewed his picks for best shows in the Pittsburgh area in 2010. He wrote the article in the style of what he remembered best from the show:

"Everything about John Mellencamp's concert at Heinz Hall, Nov. 20. I admire Mellencamp's work, but I'm not a diehard fan. This concert was superb from beginning to end, with Mellencamp and his crack band taking a stripped down, neo-folk approach until the last quarter, when he unleashed his rock 'n' roll persona. I'm loathe to call anything the best, but if I have to choose, this was the concert of the year in Pittsburgh."
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