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1  MELLENCAMP DISCUSSION / All About John / What Does "Grandview" Sound Like To You? on: February 26, 2017, 11:39:08 am
I haven't been on here in like a yeaaaar, haha. But I heard a sample of John's new single, "Grandview", and I just knew I had to get on and post about it. What does this song sound like to you? From what I heard, his voice is definitely a 1990s era John Mellencamp to me. If you listen to "Whenever We Wanted", and compare that album to "Grandview", you'll hear that his voice is eerily similar. I also found that the guitars and music sound like that of the early 90s. My best guess is that maybe "Grandview" was recorded in the same sessions as "Whenever We Wanted", but didn't make it on the album for whatever reason.
Somebody else here mentioned that the album sounded more like a late 80s Mellencamp, like the "Lonesome Jubilee" sessions. Could be. But I heard more early 90s personally. Either way, we all know and can tell as Mellencamp fans that this was definitely his voice 100,000 cigarettes ago! Haha! This is simply a song from a previous record that he has just released now.
As for the song, I do like it a LOT. I think it's catchy, and will make lots of fans happy who didn't like his newest records so much. It will be very interesting to hear him play this one live, as it's most likely a song from 20+ years ago. What do you guys think about it? Smiley
2  MELLENCAMP DISCUSSION / All About John / Re: "No Better Than This" Album on: December 10, 2016, 10:50:51 pm
Oooh, I'm so happy someone took the time to start a chat about this marvelous record. It's fantastic! I haven't found time to listen to it recently, sadly, but I will have to take some time out of my day to do it soon. My favorite on that album was definitely "Clumsy Ol' World", and I really wish he would play it live.
3  MELLENCAMP.COM ANNOUNCEMENTS / Ask / Re: greatest hits tour? on: December 10, 2016, 10:42:06 pm
Hmmm... 80% of his songs on his previous tour(s) are all hits. He pretty much HAS to play them... fans love them so much and they're always in "high demand". He throws in some new stuff off of Plain Spoken which is a nice touch.
If you're expecting to hear things like "I Need A Lover", well, I don't think it will be happening any time soon. There are certain songs he just rarely/doesn't do.
I am not sure what his plans are next year, but I do know that he is making an album with Carlene Carter and is most likely going to go on tour to promote it- but don't take my word for it. I'm just making assumptions.  Tongue
4  MELLENCAMP DISCUSSION / Mellenmoments / Re: FarmAid II, 1986 on: October 25, 2016, 07:29:56 pm
Oh I totally get the struggle you are having. To lose an item like that would be utterly horrible.
But... I can't imagine that they would just throw your cap away if you sent it in hopes of it to get signed. If they opened up the package and saw that you went through all this effort to send it, I don't think they'd just say "nope" and throw it out. They might as well go through and get it signed.
However, reading the instructions again on how to mail items to John is interesting, because it says, "Please do not send any item that is a one of a kind." So would your cap be one of a kind? I would ask somebody who works for John to verify what that means. The whole contact page is here:

It's a 50-50% chance with your cap. There's only one other way I can think of to get it signed. If you go to any of his shows, stay after the show by his tour busses, becuase he sometimes comes out to sign a few things. That's sorta rare, but he has done it a couple times when he's in the mood and the audience was nice to him at the show. Since he doesn't have backstage passes or any other methods to really meet him, it's pretty difficult to actually meet the man. I have tried 3 times on the Plain Spoken tour to wait for John outside the show, and he has not come. But I did meet his violin player, Miriam.
Don't lose hope, I'm sure you could meet him someday or find a way to get that cap signed. It's not like you're asking for John to sign 100 records, it's just a ball cap. At last resort, you could just send in a CD cover or something like I did and just keep it beside your ball cap to go "with it". It's still cool to have. Good luck!
5  MELLENCAMP.COM ANNOUNCEMENTS / Ticket & Tour Questions / Re: Chicago, Time on Stage? on: October 25, 2016, 07:14:29 pm
It's probably too late for me to reply, since you're probably at the show now, but I'll reply here in case anybody else had the same question lol.
Each time I saw him live, the show either started at 7:30pm or 8pm. That is when Carlene Carter (his opening act) actually comes on. So if you make it to the venue at the exact time the show starts, you'll be just fine. Carlene's act seems to last about 30-45 minutes.
If you still need to go the box office to get your tickets, then get to the venue at least an hour early, because you will be late for John's act if you have to wait in that line so long.
Always try to make it to the venue at least half an hour before the show starts, just to be safe. Because traffic can back up in front of the venue, especially when it's closer to when the concert starts.
6  MELLENCAMP DISCUSSION / All About John / Re: John's "Plain Spoken Tour" on: October 25, 2016, 07:08:25 pm
Indeed. I saw John two more times since I wrote that comment. I saw him at a casino back in April and it was pretty horrible. Not John, of course lol, but the actual way the concert was set up sucked. The venue stopped selling drinks when John came out at John's request so that there would be no drunks at his show. I totally get that (and I prefer that), but man the security was SO uptight! NOBODY was allowed to get up from their seats so dance... can you freakin' believe that? Luckily I was in the front row so I could see him well, but the security was so RUDE to everybody. And totally way too strict. The setlist was also cut short by 6 songs or so.
From my observations, you should avoid casino shows at all cost, unless there is no other show available to you. Theater shows are much nicer, and I have seen that John is usually in a better mood playing at them. If I recall he has said once that he tries not to do a lot of casino shows becuase he doesn't like them and/or the drunks. I can't remember where I heard that thought.
I also wanna mention that I saw him a few days ago, and it seems that he has added "Pop Singer" to his setlist at a few of the shows. That's a rarity, so enjoy it! He sounded REALLY nice when I heard it live. The band was so tight and it sounded great! Also I saw at a show recently that he did "Hurt So Good", but I think that's for "special" shows. I don't know. I think he just throws random songs into the mix at random concerts.
7  NON-JOHN DISCUSSION / Games / Re: John Mellencamp Quizzes on: October 25, 2016, 06:19:16 pm
Ahh thanks  Cheesy They're just so fun to make!
8  MELLENCAMP DISCUSSION / Mellenmoments / Re: FarmAid II, 1986 on: October 24, 2016, 09:08:13 am
Try sending him a letter. It worked for me twice. Sending a cap might be more difficult so I'd ask somebody else if they knew if you could send a cap or not. If you flatten it enough it may be okay to send. You  don't wanba send big and bulky items.
9  NON-JOHN DISCUSSION / Music You Like / Re: Bob Seger's Birthday! on: October 23, 2016, 02:40:52 pm
Oh yes. Bob Seger is a legend. I've been a fan of his since I was 12 or 13, that's a lot considering I am young myself, haha! I've been a fan of Bob Seger's longer than I have John Mellencamp... but if I had to choose I still prefer John Mellencamp.
I would love to see John and Bob do a song together. They are great "heartland" rockers and I'm sure they'd get along to do a song!
10  MELLENCAMP DISCUSSION / Mellenmoments / Got John Mellencamp's Autograph (Again) on: October 23, 2016, 01:25:40 pm
If you recall in earlier posts I made, I talked about how I accidently ruined the John Mellencamp autograph I had. Well I got a back a few days ago! I sent John a letter and he finally replied back. It took a painful long 6 months... may times I doubted that he would ever give it to me. But last week I got a package in the mail from John Mellencamp and I really squealed when I got it!! He signed my CD cover for me. I wish I could write him back and send him a thank you note and all, but I figured he'd be sick and tired of sending letters to me!  Wink

Thank you so much AGAIN John, you are the best and this is why!

11  MELLENCAMP DISCUSSION / Tour Talk / Toledo Show Was THE BEST!!! on: October 23, 2016, 01:10:49 pm
John Mellencamp
October 21st, 2016
Stranahan Theater
Toledo, OH

I've seen Mellencamp live twice already on the Plain Spoken tour, but this show tops it all!! I was certain that he was going to play the same setlist, but when he spontaneously mixed "Pop Singer" into the bag, I thought it was a dream! I had no clue he would perform that song on the 3rd leg of his tour. What a pleasant surprise for fans like me who want to see him at every opportunity we can get!
Turns out that John had a cold, and he informed us that his team was considering cancelling the show. The crowd was so extremely relieved when he told us he'd stay and continue the show for us. He is really dedicated to his fans and it shows! It feels like an honor to have John Mellencamp perform right in front of you. He plays music with so much class.

The audience reaction was rather silly that night. John was about to tell a story about how his grandmother lived to be 100, the story that would lead into an extremely heartfelt song called, "Longest Days". But it was slightly delayed due to the fans showering John with extreme affection! First it began with a guy behind me who screamed, and then some ladies followed along. The whole venue exploded with cheers and praise. John stepped aside and bowed, waiting for the audience to quiet up. Only it didn't happen. Right when he was about to speak, fans continued up again, screaming things like, "I love you, John!" and various song titles that fans hoped he would play. John waited patiently, until he realized that the audience would not hush into a low down. So he joking asked if we would "shut the fuck up"! Which only made it worse for him- the audience roared this time with an intensity that felt like a roller coaster. You could feel the screams in your heart; this is how much the audience loved John Mellencamp. I never experienced anything like that before at any of the shows I went to. It was a magical thing.
Eventually, after several minutes of hoots and hollering and flocks of girls screaming "I love you!" (I was one of those girls) he began to get a little annoyed so the audience stopped. Then he continued the rest of the night on a happier note. He was sick but it certainly did not seem like it! During the second half of the show, John was all smiles. He moved around on stage, danced, and brought so much joy to the audience to help them keep engaged! As a matter of fact, during "Authority Song", you could actually feel the floor shaking. It felt exactly like we were rocking on the waves beneath a boat! It was intense.

Something really cool happened to me during the last few songs of the night. John walked over to the left side of the stage, where I just happened to be right in the front. I was holding a rose in my hand, dancing, singing all the words and just simply soaking up all the energy of the night when John did something I will never forget! He blew me a kiss! About 3 or 4 ladies around me turned to face me and their eyes grew really big. Five seconds later, we all screamed!!
"John Mellencamp blew you a kiss!" They screamed in a frenzy.
"I know... I know!" I said, closing my eyes and holding the rose near me. I couldn't even fathom what just happened to me.
And then it gets better, becuase I had planned to give the rose to John during "Cherry Bomb", his last song. When he approached me again, I held out the rose and closed my eyes tightly.
"Please take it... please please pleaaaase..." I begged.
I could feel him take the rose out of my hand. I looked up, and sure enough, he was holding the rose and smiling down at me. I swore I was about to be swept beneath my feet and faint, but I managed to hold on and watch as John took the rose and placed it in Mike's mouth! Then he took it out and put in in Mike's suit. They smiled real goofy at each other, and then continued the song in the greatest, happiest mood of the night. I don't think I stopped smiling once a that show- their energy is infectious!
The rose stayed in Mike's suit until they ended "Cherry Bomb", then Mike threw it beside the drums and walked off stage. Who knows what they did with it after that. But that rose has one hell of a story behind it- just as I do now, too!

So if you haven't seen John live yet, you are missing out on a legendary, lifetime experience just like this! He is classy, talented, and still goes at his music with a certain charm. He may not be spending anymore "wild nights" like he used to, but it doesn't make him any less of an extraordinary performer. Both he and Carlene Carter are spectacular people with an amazing ability to perform and please an audience.
I happened to meet Carlene before John's act, actually. I gave her a hug and asked her,
"What's it like to work with John Mellencamp?" And she said,
"He's a very hard-working man, and likes to get things done. But I do to, so we really get along."
I smiled when she told me that, because it was just so cool and a real honor to speak to Carlene and ask her what she thought of the very man that I look up to. I got a hug and a picture with her, as well as her autograph. I couldn't express how lucky I felt that night. And it wasn't just me. Both John Mellencamp and Carlene do everything they can to help make sure that everybody in the audience is having a good time... which leaves everybody walking out that venue feeling like they're in a lucky haze!

12  MELLENCAMP.COM ANNOUNCEMENTS / Ask / Re: Facebook on: August 25, 2016, 02:39:42 pm
Heh, you should've told me before- I just had to go through this same crap several months ago. I don't even want to get into it. There's billions of fake accounts out there. Ignore it! This probably won't be the first time you'll get a message from weirdos like them.
13  MELLENCAMP DISCUSSION / All About John / Re: John and Christy Brinkley split! on: August 25, 2016, 02:36:04 pm
I KNEW this was going to happen. Hahah... I swear I can see into the future  Grin Roll Eyes
The reason why I knew it wasn't meant to be was because it seems like John is rushing into his relationships too much and too fast. That's my own personal opinion, but also I don't see how they're compatible at all. She's a big city girl, he's a small town guy. He should date small town girls. Now I do like Christie (she was born only a couple miles down the road from me in Monroe, MI) and of course I love John, but I don't see them really being anything more than friends. In my opinion, Elaine was the best girl he ever dated/married for him. She had the perfect energy for him and he even admitted she kept him level-heated at times. I still don't understand why they divorced. Was it so bad that they just couldn't work it out or were they lazy?
14  NON-JOHN DISCUSSION / The Melting Pot / Re: Ian Mellencamp on: August 25, 2016, 02:22:28 pm
I don't like his music lol. First song I heard I was kinda disgusted. He's not horrible but I definitely would not want to sit and listen to him for a while lol. And interesting he's related to John; 'cause I asked somebody a long time ago and they said they weren't related. Hmmm!
15  NON-JOHN DISCUSSION / The Melting Pot / There Are Nice People In This World on: July 08, 2016, 01:23:50 am
I have to post something here because it's just so unbelievable. It's not completely John Mellencamp related but I feel it's important to tell.
So I am not rich. I do not grow money on trees in my backyard. That being said, when they announced the John Mellencamp tour for this October, I was conflicted. I didn't know whether I was going to have enough money to see him.
Then in June I learned that another artist I wanted to see, Elton John, was also touring near me in September. He is retiring, so I knew this would be my last chance to see him. I was once again lost. I just didn't know what to do- clearly I couldn't afford one concert- let alone two. The prices of "classic rock" concerts have been on the rise so much lately.
So I was destined to be doomed- or so I THOUGHT. Earlier in July for my birthday, friends and family gave me a total of $220- something I was NOT expecting!! So then I knew I was at least going to the John Mellencamp concert. That was all I could ask for. I was so happy that people had pitched in and gave me all that money. It meant a lot to me.
But then it gets BETTER. Today, I was graciously given $300 freakin' dollars from practical strangers... just so I could go to this Elton John concert. I mean you GOT to be kidding me!? Right? The amounts of happiness in my heart right now is EXPLODING. So now I have enough to go to BOTH these concerts. And now they're marked in my calendar- these are such big days!
This is just something that could only happen with the help of other generous, kind people. I just want to point out to you guys that miracles CAN happen, and to NEVER lose your hope. If there's a concert, or a person you want to meet, or a goal... whatever that may be, NEVER give up. With the right community and people around you, you CAN accomplish anything. And this is proof.
So I think the best song to describe my mood right now would be "Thank You"!!!
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