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09/01/2017 - When John Mellencamp sang in his nostalgic 1987 hit “Cherry Bomb” that “we were young and we were improvin',” the implication was that, at his age, he was neither.

It’s hard to say whether Mellencamp, after a career of more than 40 years and now at age 65, is getting better. But his concert Thursday headlining Allentown Fair’s grandstand showed his performance skills still are great, and his music as relevant as ever — perhaps even more so in our troubled times and to an audience that also is no longer young. Read John Moser's of The Morning Call complete review after the jump. Read More
08/31/2017 - John Mellencamp’s mix of Americana story songs and heartland rock anthems make him a natural State Fair performer. It’s hard to believe he never performed at the Grandstand until last night.

With a clear sky offset by the lights of the fair’s new Ferris wheel swirling in the distance, it was a perfect summer night. Mellencamp and his band modestly took the stage with the blues shuffle of “Lawless Times.” Read the complete interview after the jump. Read More

08/26/2017 - In Highland Park, Illinois at Ravinia Festival, a sold out crowd over 21,000 people awaited the entrance of John Mellencamp. Gospel music emanated out of the speakers soon giving away to the spooky sounds of sensual triumph and social trouble: The blues. In a clear reference to Muddy Waters, Mellencamp’s band, one of the best on the road, launched into the unmistakable riff of “Mannish Boy.” With guitarist Andy York screaming encouragement, similar to Johnny Winter on Muddy’s class recording, Mellencamp began to howl and growl into the microphone, his voice full of gravel and dirt and smoke and soul... Read David Masciotra complete Ravinia Festival show review after the jump. Read More
07/13/2017 - Read Markos Papadatos first hand review of John's last show on the June/July Sad Clowns & Hillbillies Tour after the jump. Here is an excerpt: "The Verdict -
Overall, John Mellencamp was superlative at Forest Hills Stadium in Queens for one fun night of rock and roll. It is evident that his hits are timeless, and they will stand the test of time, and his new music was remarkable. He was able to put on a bad-ass live show in Forest Hills that garnered an A rating..." Read More
06/27/2017 - For his "Sad Clowns & Hillbillies" tour, John Mellencamp brought along Carlene Carter - the night's self-described hostess who appears on the recent album, as well as Emmylou Harris. Each iconic woman performed her own set, as well as joining in with the headliner's set. With Mellencamp dressed rather formally, this man introduced as being from Bloomington, Ind. put on a show both deep in content and emotion. Read Dan MacIntosh's complete LA Greek Theater show review after the jump. Read More
06/07/2017 - For the first time in almost two years, John Mellencamp returned to Denver to perform. AEG Live in Denver presented John Mellencamp and his Sad Clowns & Hillbillies Tour at Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre.

The concert did not disappoint fans of Mellencamp. The artist formerly known as John Cougar entertained the audience with hits such as Jack & Diane (an acoustic version), Paper in Fire, Pink Houses, and Small Town. He also rolled out songs from his new album, Sad Clowns & Hillbillies. Read Mark Smiley's complete review after the jump. Read More
 
   

 

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