John Mellencamp Sad Clowns & Hillbillies 2017 Summer Tour Announced

New York, NY (February 16, 2017) – Following the seventh and final installment of his hugely-successful Plain Spoken Tour, John Mellencamp will set out once again this Summer across North America for his all-new Sad Clowns & Hillbillies Tour.  Kicking off on June 5th in Denver, Colorado, the tour will continue throughout the United States with stops at the historic Greek Theatre in Los Angeles before concluding in Essex Junction, VT at the Champlain Valley Fair. Mellencamp will be joined by special guest and 13-time GRAMMY-Award-winning singer-songwriter Emmylou Harris, as well as his Plain Spoken tour mate Carlene Carter, and folk-pop sister duo Lily & Madeleine. Multi-platinum selling recording artist Jewel will also step in for the tour’s two Oregon dates, substituting for Emmylou Harris as the special guest opener.

Tickets for the tour will be available to the general public beginning Friday, February 24th at 10:00am. and VIP pre-sale tickets will be available beginning Wednesday, February 22nd at 10:00am until Thursday, February 23rd at 10:00pm. For more information and all ticketing information please visit and

Every online ticket for the June and July dates comes with one (1) physical CD of John Mellencamp's forthcoming album, “Sad Clowns & Hillbillies.” John’s 23rd full-length album, featuring Carlene Carter returns Mellencamp to the musical eclecticism that is, itself, a reflection of his wide-ranging musings on life. Sad Clowns & Hillbillies showcases a poet who has wisely used the years between youth and the present day to become an absolute master of songwriting and interpretation. That passion and experience resonates most beautifully in this showcase of his music. “Sad Clowns & Hillbillies” is set for release in  April from Republic Records.

Described by the Hollywood Reporter as a “triumphant, career-spanning show” and hailed as a “superb performance…still full of fiery defiance” by the Boston Globe, the two-year run of John Mellencamp’s Plain Spoken Tour further solidified the Rock and Roll Hall-of-Famer’s place at the forefront of American music for the past 40 years. The tour has received a massive amount of support from press around the nation, with AXS concluding Mellencamp “puts on one of the most electrifying rock shows in the business,” and the Louisville Courier Journal highlighting his progression as a performer, noting, “he's always been a consummate showman — but there was an underlying richness to his set that was far more impressive.” The Fort Worth Star Telegram describes the audience’s reaction to the show, writing, “the near-capacity crowd roared its approval — they were shouting back the lyrics with the gusto of a bloodthirsty mob”.


“Like a well-worn leather jacket from those days outside the Cherry Bomb, Mellencamp's music felt as timeless as it did nostalgic Monday night at the Weidner Center in Green Bay before what was essentially a sold-out crowd.” – GREEN BAY PRESS-GAZETTE

“Friday night at a sold-out Louisville Palace, the 63-year-old Mellencamp had his share of fun — he's always been a consummate showman — but there was an underlying richness to his set that was far more impressive." – THE COURIER-JOURNAL

“If you mixed a preacher, a punch press operator  and an old bluesman  together in the back of a cement mixer, John Mellencamp would come out in the pour.” – DULUTH NEWS-TRIBUNE

Get the Sad Clowns & Hillbillies Tour Poster Hi-Rez photo HERE.

June 05 - Greenwood Village, CO - Fiddler's Green Amphitheatre
June 07 - Boise, ID - Outlaw Field at the Idaho Botanical Garden
June 08 - Redmond, WA - Marymoor Park
June 10 - Troutdale, OR - McMenamins Edgefield #
June 11 - Bend, OR - Les Schwab Amphitheater #
June 13 - Saratoga, CA - The Mountain Winery **
June 14 - Saratoga, CA - The Mountain Winery **
June 17 - Murphys, CA - Ironstone Amphitheatre
June 18 - Los Angeles, CA - Greek Theatre
June 21 - Grand Prairie, TX - Verizon Theatre
June 22 - Sugar Land, TX - Smart Financial Centre at Sugar Land
June 24 - Saint Augustine, FL - Saint Augustine Amphitheatre
June 25 - Boca Raton, FL - Mizner Park Amphitheatre
June 27 - Atlanta, GA - Chastain Park Amphitheatre
June 28 - Cary, NC - Cary’s Koka Booth Amphitheatre
June 30 - Gilford, NH - Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion
July 01 - Lenox, MA - Tanglewood
July 03 - Vienna, VA - Wolf Trap
July 06 - Philadelphia, PA - The Mann Music Center
July 07 - Bethel, NY - Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
July 08 - Canandaigua, NY - CMAC
July 11 - New York, NY - Forest Hills Stadium
August 04 - West Allis, WI - Wisconsin State Fair *
August 05 - Davenport, IA - Mississippi Valley Fair *
August 13 - Uncasville, CT - Mohegan Sun Arena *
August 14 - Boston, MA - Blue Hills Bank Pavilion *
August 19 - Des Moines, IA - Iowa State Fair *
August 20 - Springfield, IL - Illinois State Fair * / **
August 26 - Highland Park, IL - Ravinia Festival *
August 27 - Highland Park, IL - Ravinia Festival *
August 29 - St Paul, MN - Minnesota State Fair *
August 31 - Allentown, PA - The Great Allentown Fair *
September 01 - Essex Junction, VT - Champlain Valley Fair *
September 03 - Canfield, OH - Canfield Fair *  

# Jewel is Special Guest for this show, Emmylou Harris will not be appearing
* Emmylou Harris and Lily and Madeleine will not be appearing
** Public & Pre-Sale Ticket on sale date To Be Announced