New Mellencamp Bio Special Will Feature Concert at the Crump

A forthcoming John Mellencamp special entitled “Back Where We Started” is being produced for A&E’s Biography Channel (also known as Bio) and will include a special performance at the historic Crump Theater in Columbus, Indiana on the evening of Tuesday, September 23.

The show at the intimate concert venue -- one of the first theaters Mellencamp played -- will be a key part of the documentary-style program, which will examine his Southern Indiana roots and their influence on his career.

“As a rule, I don’t spend much time looking back,” says Mellencamp, who has not played The Crump in 32 years. “But that’s what this evening is about. Maybe we can raise the roof on the place.”

The concert will span Mellencamp’s career and will include material from his new album “Life, Death, Love and Freedom.”

A limited number of tickets will be put on sale in Columbus by the United Way with proceeds benefiting local flood relief through the Bartholomew Country Long Term Relief Team (click for details). Tickets will also be made available to John's Club Cherry Bomb Fan Club (PAID members click to enter) and to radio stations for promotional giveaways, some in conjunction with local charities.

Mellencamp, of course, grew up 23 miles south of Columbus in Seymour and is a longtime resident of Bloomington, which is 37 miles west. His first and only performance at The Crump was October 4, 1976.

“Back Where We Started” will also feature interviews with people who have known Mellencamp or been involved with his career from early on. It is slated for airing later in the year.

Click to read the show press release or click HERE and HERE for local media coverage.