04.19.2015 - John Mellencamp brought an inspired set of "Heartland Rock" to the Providence Performing Arts Center Thursday night. Behind a stellar band, he played an impressive show featuring selections from his recent album Plain Spoken, a couple of Blues rarities, and some fresh takes on his own classics. It was one of the better PPAC shows in recent memory. Read Ken Abrams complete show review after the jump. Read More
04.18.2015 - Read Sara Rodman's of The Boston Globe complete review after the jump. Here are some excerpts: “Mellencamp and his always crack backing sextet took a tour of both the old songs — often with fresh twists on the arrangements — and newer material, all with a satisfying gusto..."
"If anyone in the packed house wanted the hits, they got them..." Read More
03.26.2015 - Read Kevin Oliver's complete review of the Columbia, SC show at The Township Auditorium, March 24th after the jump. Here are some excerpts: "John Mellencamp proved he's still not willing to play it safe..."
Mellencamp has been writing darkly cynical, finger-pointing anthems for decades, and their ability to hold up through a changing backdrop of current events says more about America, perhaps, than it does about Mellencamp. The other thing Mellencamp has been good at for a very long time is working roots and acoustic tones into his heartland rock 'n' roll..." Read More
03.20.2015 - Read Jay Cridlin of the Tampa Bay Times complete review of the Ruth Eckerd Hall show in Clearwater, FL on the 2015 Plain Spoken Tour. Here is an excerpt: "Mellencamp goes his own way, always has, even when those paths weren’t the most obvious or popular. In trading down for smaller stages, he’s managed to remain exactly who he wants to be, even if it means leaving a few huge hits in the chamber. Read More
03.18.2015 - With a career spanning four decades, John Mellencamp is to the Midwest what Bruce Springsteen is to New Jersey: A record keeper for its places and people, their private struggles and quiet triumphs. A one-time leaseholder on the mainstream music charts, Mellencamp (who long ago dropped the Cougar) never seemed to care much for the trappings of pop-star fame. With calling-card tunes like “Small Town” and “Pink Houses,” his focus was and continues to be on the writing, going light on metaphor and heavy on specifics, revealing a songwriter who views the American Dream with a clear eye and little patience for ambiguity. Read More
03.14.2015 - John Mellencamp ended his robust show at the Fox Theatre with a snippet of nostalgia and a humorous take on looking back – “The only problem with old times is that we gotta be old to have ‘em.”
But for the previous two hours, Mellencamp demonstrated that even an artist with one of the most durable catalogs in classic rock can produce relevant material nearly four decades into a career. Read Melissa Ruggieri's complete review of The Fox Theatre show in Atlanta, GA after the jump. Read More
03.12.2015 - John Mellencamp took to the stage at 8:30 and performed a full 21-song set
comprised of old fan favorites and new material. He began with “Lawless Times”
off of his newest album and by the time he reached “Check It Out,” the entire
hall was on their feet singing and dancing. Read Suzanne Cordeiro of Austin's Examiner.com complete review after the jump. Read More
03.10.2015 - Rock singer John Mellencamp will perform in Birmingham on Thursday night at the BJCC Concert Hall, but that concert wouldn't be possible if a neurosurgeon who now lives in Alabama hadn't saved his life as an infant.
Dr. Robert Heimburger, now 97 and living in the Somerby at St. Vincent's One Nineteen retirement home in Hoover, performed the dangerous surgery on Mellencamp, who was born Oct. 7, 1951.
Heimburger pioneered surgeries on newborn infants with spina bifida. At the time, it was common to wait six months or longer to see if the child lived before attempting surgery, he said. "I had established a different way of doing surgery," Heimburger said in an interview with AL.com on Monday. Read the complete article along with a video interview with Dr. Heimburger after the jump. Read More
03.09.2015 - John Mellencamp lied. Four years ago, he toured in support of an album called No Better Than This. Truth is, each tour that Mellencamp does is better than the last. Saturday’s performance at McFarlin Auditorium on the SMU campus in Dallas was full of fire, grit and passion. Mellencamp’s introspective songs and his band’s fiery performances had fans clinging to every note and shouting along to just about every lyric. Read the complete blog review after the jump. Read More
02.23.2015 - When you hear the unfiltered roughness in John Mellencamp's voice during “The Isolation,” you're quickly aware that this popular roots rock singer from Indiana wasn't kidding when he titled his new album, Plain Spoken. With its added wheezy harmonica solo, Mellencamp gives this song a truly Dylan-esque sincerity. It comes off a lot like recent Dylan music, where the man has become quite the self-reflective one. Read Dan MacIntosh's complete review of Plain Spoken after the jump. Read More
02.18.2015 - Read Andy Argyrakis' complete review of the February 17th show at the Chicago Theatre after the jump. Here are some excerpts: " “If I Die Sudden” that found Mellencamp flexing those creative muscles the furthest as he firmly plucked the six string, dipped deep into a low southern register and practically summoned the ghost of that very Man In Black..."
" the troubadour’s fondness for taking risks, the closing segment was the reward for everyone who supported his 40 million album-selling commercial prime..."
"Mellencamp has always shot straight from the heart..." Read More
02.16.2015 - Mellencamp kicked off the show with “Lawless Times" off his 2014 album “Plain
Spoken,” followed up by another new song, “Troubled Man.” From there it was a 30
year hop back to 1985 for “Minutes to Memories.”
On the latter song, Mellencamp seemed to be channeling Tom Waits, singing
with a raspy voice that perfectly matched the song’s beaten down lyrics. Read Joe Lawler's of Juice Magazine's complete Civic Center review after the jump. Read More
02.10.2015 - Read Kendra Meinert's of the Press Gazette complete review after the jump. Here are some excerpts: "Like a well-worn leather jacket from those days outside the Cherry Bomb, Mellencamp's music felt as timeless as it did nostalgic..."
"At 63, there's a grizzled quality to Mellencamp's vocals that gives added weight to the richness of his words, particularly for an artist who finds himself pondering his own mortality in his music these days..." Read More
02.01.2015 - "Mellencamp’s racked dozens of hits over the last three decades (the 2004 two-disc retrospective Words & Music is a perfect gateway for the uninitiated). And starting with late ‘90s fare like Rough Harvest and ‘00s discs Trouble No More and Freedom’s Road, he’s only gotten better at distilling American culture into four-minute, acoustic guitar-driven masterpieces. Grizzled yet grungy, the sexagenarian Mellencamp is a little Woody Guthrie, a pinch of Pete Seeger, and a bit of Bob Dylan rolled into one ferocious firecracker..." Read the 5 Star review of John's Playhouse Square show on January 31st in Cleveland, Ohio after the jump. Read More
01.04.2015 - The Plain Spoken tour begins on January 21st! “The Voice of the Heartland” will play 80 shows including multiple dates in the artist’s hometown of Bloomington, Indiana; Nashville, Chicago, Minneapolis, New York, and more. The special guest is Carlene Carter. The tour will kick off on January 21st in South Bend, Indiana at the Morris Performing Arts Center. The final performance held in Indianapolis at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse on August 4th is a benefit show for Riley Children’s Foundation (rileykids.org). $5.00 per ticket will be donated to the charity.
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01.04.2015 - There is a limited number of Diamond Ticket Packages remaining for John's 2015 Plain Spoken Tour, so be sure to act fast before they are gone -- many shows packages have already sold out! The Diamond Packages are amazing seats with exclusive and limited edition commemorative items and are THE way to get an up-close and personal experience with John and the band! To be part of this intimate experience click HERE to learn more about the Diamond Package! Read More
11.21.2014 - John Mellencamp's new album Plain Spoken is now available from Republic Records and will be followed by an 80 city North American Tour starting in January. This is his 22nd
full-length album and first release for Republic Records. Plain Spoken
includes ten stunningly elegant and soul-searching Americana gems from “The
Voice of the Heartland”, John Mellencamp, while celebrating his skill not just
as a song craftsman but as a world-class entertainer.
Learn more about Plain Spoken, including the track listing and read the
09.23.2014 - We are VERY excited about John's tour and new album Plain Spoken! John will be performing a number of these incredible new songs on his 80-city North American Tour. The shows on this tour will feature both classics and new material. It will be a night filled with incredible music, words, and performances.
GET TO KNOW THESE SONGS BEFORE THE TOUR! We want to remind you that included with each ticket you purchased for the 2015 North American Tour is a digital download of the new album, so DOWNLOAD YOURS TODAY! If you bought multiple tickets, be sure to share your extra digital download codes with your family, friends and co-workers! And if you have already purchased your tickets and haven't received your digital download codes, email
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Ticket buyers will receive an email once the album has been released and the download is ready. Purchases after Sept. 23 will receive the download within 7 days of order. One download code per ticket for online and phone purchases only; does not apply to box office or outlet ticket purchases. This promotion is available until August 4th, 2015 and is valid for United States and Canadian residents only.Read More
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