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916  MELLENCAMP DISCUSSION / All About John / Review and Setlist from Last Night -- More Info on Fall Tour on: August 09, 2010, 07:14:42 pm
Mellencamp Hits the Road with Dylan, Plans Fall Tour

By Jesse Stanek and Jeff Vrabel

Bob Dylan and John Mellencamp kicked off their summer tour in Lincoln, Nebraska, yesterday, delivering two sets of spirited Americana nicely suited to Haymarket Park and its Midwestern surroundings. Mellencamp last played the venue as part of a Farm Aid benefit "100 years ago," he joked to the crowd. (The concert, for the record, was actually in 1987.) While his set favored crowd favorites and enduring deep cuts like "Pink Houses" and "Paper In Fire," Mellencamp also brought the crowd into the here-and-now, unveiling songs from his new T Bone Burnett-produced disc No Better Than This. One, "Save Some Time to Dream," was a gorgeously spare, Neil Young-ish country tune featuring tight rhythmic backup from his six-piece band. Meanwhile, Mellencamp reinvigorated classic tunes like "Cherry Bomb," which he freshened with an off-the-cuff a capella arrangement.

Dylan, sporting his trademark black suit and white cowboy hat, had nothing new to play. But he delivered an energetic set of classics, some with striking new arrangements. Soaring pedal steel guitar lent "Lay Lady Lay" a newfound vulnerability, "Just Like a Woman," became soft and reflective, and "Cold Irons Bound" sounded bold and jammy. The latter two showcased Dylan’s inimitable balance of the meditative and aggressive.

Dylan and Mellencamp's tour wraps in September, but Mellencamp will continue on this fall with sixteen Midwestern dates in support of No Better Than This. Unlike his immaculately produced '80s albums, Mellencamp wrote this record quickly, on acoustic guitar, and recorded it in mono on a 55-year-old Ampex tape recorder. "I looked at T Bone and I said, 'What the fuck were we doing in the '80s?'" Mellencamp told RS. "I made a record once that took almost a year. I spent millions of dollars dicking around with songs, and in the long run it paid off because it sold millions of copies. But I go back and I listen to the record today, and it was...more of a craftsman thing."

No Better is Mellencamp’s latest rootsy record in a series that began with 2003's blues and folk covers disc Trouble No More.To get the proper vibe, Mellencamp and Burnett cut the new disc in the legendary Sun Studios, San Antonio; Texas' Gunter Hotel (where Robert Johnson recorded tracks like "Terraplane Blues"); and the First African Baptist Church in Savannah, Georgia. The latter location — the oldest black church in America and a one-time stop on the Underground Railroad — struck a spiritual chord with Mellencamp and his wife Elaine, who decided to be baptized under the altar where Mellencamp had been recording.

The album may be stripped down, but Mellencamp plans an ambitious fall tour. There will be three different sections: a 30-minute "Sun Studio" set, a 30-minute acoustic set, and an hour of plugged-in tunes. And each show will start with a screening of Kurt Markus' It's About You, which chronicles the making of the record. "On those early tours [in the ‘50s], you went to see Gene Vincent, Buddy Holly, and the show started with a movie called The Girl Can't Help It," said Mellencamp, explaining his inspiration for showing the documentary. "It's not an original idea, but it's an idea that hasn't been done in decades."

The setlist for Mellencamp and Dylan's show — plus dates for Mellencamp's upcoming trek — are below.

John Mellencamp's Setlist
Pink Houses
Paper in Fire
No Better Than This
Check It Out
Save Some Time to Dream
Cherry Bomb (Acapella)
Don’t Need This Body
Small Town
Home on the Range
Rain on the Scarecrow
The West End
Troubled Land
If I Die Sudden
Crumblin’ Down
Authority Song

Bob Dylan's setlist
Watching The River Flow
Lay Lady Lay
Most Likely You Go Your Way (and I’ll Go Mine)
Stuck Inside of Mobile with The Memphis Blues Again
Rollin’ and Tumblin’
Just Like A Woman
Cold Irons Bound
Workingman Blues #2
Highway 61 Revisited
Tryin’ to get to Heaven
Thunder on The Mountain
Ballad of a Thin Man
Like A Rolling Stone
All Along The Watchtower

Mellencamp's Fall Tour Dates
October 29 - Bloomington, IN @ Indiana University Auditorium
November 1 - Cincinnati, OH @ Music Hall
November 3 - Nashville, TN @ Ryman Auditorium
November 5 - Kansas City, MO @ The Midland by AMC
November 6 - St. Louis, MO @ Fabulous Fox Theatre
November 8 - Indianapolis, IN @ Clowes Memorial Hall
November 11 - Indianapolis, IN @ Hinkle Fieldhouse
November 13 - South Bend, IN @ Morris Performing Arts Center
November 16 - Fort Wayne, IN @ Embassy Theatre
November 17 - Cleveland, OH @ Palace Theatre
November 19 - Detroit, MI @ Fox Theatre
November 20 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Heinz Hall
November 22 - Minneapolis, MN @ Orpheum Theatre
November 23 - Minneapolis, MN @ Orpheum Theatre
November 26 - Chicago, IL @ Chicago Theatre
November 27 - Chicago, IL @ Chicago Theatre

http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/17386/189908
917  MELLENCAMP DISCUSSION / Tour Talk / Re: Lincoln Show on: August 08, 2010, 11:37:21 pm
No full review yet, but some photos have surfaced. Looks like John played 80 minutes and 22 songs. Wow, that's the most songs he's played since sometime in the '90s. The photos are below:



918  MELLENCAMP DISCUSSION / Tour Talk / Lincoln Show on: August 08, 2010, 10:26:24 pm
Anybody go tonight? Please share the setlist if you did.
919  MELLENCAMP DISCUSSION / Articles / Re: Rolling Stone Magazine - "No Better Than This" Review on: August 08, 2010, 10:22:45 pm
That's probably true. As a writer/editor myself, I know how that goes. Still, if Springsteen had made this same album, it would have gotten five stars and he would be on the cover of the following issue. Rolling Stone has been good to Mellencamp over the past 15 years or so, but he still doesn't get the kudos he deserves.


I have been told that the reviewers don't actually get to give the stars but rather the editors. Can't say that for certain however. It's like how reporters don't get to write the headlines for their newspaper articles.

I'm pissed they only gave the album three-and-a-half stars, but I'm happy that they made it their featured review for once. There's is a cool caricature of John that accompanies the review that is worth checking out. This is a four-star album if ever there was one, and maybe even five stars. I love it the more I listen to it and I've had it for six weeks now. Not a song on there that I don't like. 
920  MELLENCAMP DISCUSSION / Articles / Re: Rolling Stone Magazine - "No Better Than This" Review on: August 08, 2010, 08:28:04 pm
I'm pissed they only gave the album three-and-a-half stars, but I'm happy that they made it their featured review for once. There's is a cool caricature of John that accompanies the review that is worth checking out. This is a four-star album if ever there was one, and maybe even five stars. I love it the more I listen to it and I've had it for six weeks now. Not a song on there that I don't like. 
921  MELLENCAMP DISCUSSION / Bloomington, IN (1st Show) / Re: I'll Be At Bloomington on: August 08, 2010, 04:33:08 pm
See ya there. Little Zagreb before the show is likely for me......that is, if I can afford it by the time the show rolls around. 
922  MELLENCAMP DISCUSSION / All About John / Download Mellencamp's 2003 LA Show Now! on: August 06, 2010, 10:30:05 pm
My final post on CCB will double as my first post on this new message board (yes, I changed my screen name for this board. I figured since we had to re-register that I'd go with something different). Click here to download John's terrific Trouble No More show at Royce Hall in Los Angeles on July 29, 2003.

Download link: http://www.megaupload.com/?d=F6CEP603

Set list:
1. Stones In My Passway
2. Death Letter
3. To Washington
4. Highway 61
5. Baltimore Oriole
6. Joliet Bound
7. Down In The Bottom
8. Johnny Hart
9. Diamond Joe
10. John The Revelator
11. Small Town
12. Lafayette
13. End Of The World
14. Teardrops Will Fall
15. House Of The Rising Sun
16. Paper In Fire
17. Pink Houses
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