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Fox News: John Mellencamp Concert Includes ‘Take A Knee’ Moment
02.26.2019 - Fox News
As John Mellencamp’s concert tour continues to roll across the country, the rocker has been making it clear where he stands on “take a knee” protests.

During Monday night’s show, the first of three at New York City’s Beacon Theater, Mellencamp knelt onstage at the completion of his song, “Easy Target,” which offers the singer’s views on society’s treatment of minorities and the poor.

“Well, let the poor be damned, and the easy targets too,” Mellencamp sang. “All are created equal, equally beneath me and you.”

Mellencamp, 67, who first drew attention in the late 1970s as “Johnny Cougar” with the hit song, “I Need a Lover,” went on to greater success in the 1980s and early 1990s with a series of hit songs – such as “Jack & Diane” and “Little Pink Houses” -- many of which describe America as a place of deception and disappointment.

The Indiana-born musician first drew attention to his “take a knee” position about a year ago, during an appearance on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.”

Afterward, Mellencamp seemed to suggest the televised gesture was spontaneous.

“I’ve never planned anything in my life,” he told Billboard magazine. “Taking a knee felt like nothing. At the time, it felt like part of the performance. After the fact, I hope it made some kind of difference.”

After this week’s show’s in New York, Mellencamp’s tour will continue to cities including Louisville, St. Louis and Nashville before winding up in Albuquerque on April 30.
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Mr Honorable

That is great your son chose to go in the Navy—I have several war veterans in my family from the Civil War, 2 uncles who died in WWII—but what on earth does that have to do with making a statement about how people are often mistreated in 2019 because of their color, and have been treated absolutley despicable over the hundreds of years in this country. PS—I am a older white guy, from a small Illinois town, grew up around all the rednecks and simple-mind Fox News good-ole-boys, so I can say this. I've heard it all. John, I thoroughly enjoyed your concert last week, like I have All your music since '81. I have seen most of your tours, many times through the years. You are (still) the best songwriter/poet and music creator in the USA in my opinion. Insightful, rocking music with substance! Make a statement when needed and stand by your word.

Posted by rshaw 2019-03-25 07:29:23.

I missed it

In honor of my son’s deployment on the USS Illinois, I sat out this tour. Sorry JM, but I really haven’t missed you

Posted by bradsanders56 2019-03-04 05:38:17.

 
 

 

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