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601  MELLENCAMP.COM ANNOUNCEMENTS / Announcements & Updates / No Better Than This - Listen Now To the Full Album on: August 19, 2010, 03:22:55 pm
We have posted the entire No Better Than This album in the jukebox at the top right of Mellencamp.com's home page. Click the pop out player to listen to the album while browsing the site! Be sure to facebook/twitter/tell your friends that they can check the album out on John's site.
602  MELLENCAMP.COM ANNOUNCEMENTS / Announcements & Updates / Re: Tavis Smiley Report! on: August 19, 2010, 03:00:19 pm
We have posted Wednesday video to the news article. Check out The West End!
http://www.mellencamp.com/news.html?n_id=917
603  MELLENCAMP.COM ANNOUNCEMENTS / Mellencamp.com Blog / Grammy Q&A Report on: August 19, 2010, 09:46:44 am
Review by Patricia - Mellencamp.com Community Member farfelp
An evening with John Mellencamp
8/17/10 Grammy Museum at LA Live.


First and foremost thank you mellencamp.com and the Grammy Museum for a unique and most enjoyable evening.  With all of  the current tour listings are out of reach for me I greatly appreciated this opportunity. With the help of two mellenheads and my daughter, I was able to make the trip to LA for what proved to be a memorable experience.
 
The Grammy Museum is part of the new LA LIVE entertainment center by the Staples Center. While I did not get to spend much time at the museum this trip I do intend to go back and would encourage all music lovers to do so. There are really nice hotels within walking distance and many restaurants all in the same block, as well as a variety of live entertainment options. I was impressed with what the city has done in this area of town.
 
The Grammy Museum had a few ground rules that were stated several times, including no cell phones, photos, recordings etc. which I chose to honor – so no pictures. In this intimate setting I found it very distracting when someone did pull out a cell phone for pictures, so I completely understand their request. The museum staff said the entire event will be in their archives and that they would put selections on their website over time. The intent is to have a series of these in the archives. This was a 200-seat venue so there were no “bad seats”. The seating was not assigned and as we waited in line we were told that press and museum members would enter first so I figured we’d be in the back – but we ended up in row 3. Considering there was less than 10 feet between row one and the small stage which was only slightly raised our seats were wonderful!  There were three mellencamp.com winners besides me, Rich sat behind me (next to the Boston Globe reporter), Peggy (hope I got it right) who I’ve met before sat in row 2 just in front of us, and we met the other winner while waiting in line.  There was an aisle about one row behind Rich, then more seating – Elaine and the boys sat in the front row of that second section directly behind us. John directed attention to “Henry” (T-Bone Burnett) a couple of times, who was in the audience as was his agent. Those are the notables I know of. There were quite a few media people present.
 
Bob Santelli, who is executive director of the museum spoke for a moment about the Grammy Museum, it’s direction and goals.  He then introduced John to a standing ovation (of course!) John was in his typical attire of late – Levis, work shirt, black shoes, white T, and seemed very at ease.
 
First was an interview of John by Santelli who noted that his questions came from the perspective of a music industry writer and professional as well as that of a long time fan. He told John that he was on the top of the list of artists they wanted to host for these events. Bob thanked John for his participation with "In Performance at the White House: A Celebration of Music from the Civil Rights Movement" and asked if he was nervous performing in front of the President. John said that Bob (Dylan) was very nervous,  but that he had done it before and was not particularly so.  He went on to tell the story of performing  for President Clinton for the first time and walking out without thinking twice about his guitar and then having an’ uh-oh’ moment realizing it was the one with “Fuck racism” written on it and seeing President Clinton and others reading it from the audience. Back in his dressing room, he was told the President wanted to see him.  During this visit – staff were coming in to tell the President that they were getting calls about the writing on the guitar and asking what should they do about it. Clinton thought for a moment and said, “Tell them they misread it.”
 
Of course there was a focus on the new record. What I appreciated hearing most was John’s comments that no, this was not some attempt at a ‘throw back’ record but rather a group of musicians wanting to capture a moment of their own and how those moments are mostly missing from the current music scene. He described each recording location in detail as well as some of the difficulties with the set up such as having to take down curtains and cover up carpeted floors in the Gunter Hotel in San Antonio to be as authentic as they could in recreating the setting Robert Johnson recorded in, as well as  talking a bit about Johnson. He explained the history of the First African Baptist Church in Savannah, GA having been part of the underground railroad.
 
The conversation also hit on his start and the early years at several points. He relayed again his teenage experiences with racism when his band mate was made to wait outside the bars during breaks due to his race, and said it even got into a fistfight once. He talked about going to New York to both check out the art schools and how ‘by the way he had a demo tape in hand.’  
John was humble as always saying he was “just a barroom singer” “he didn’t know how to write songs” and going through the process of learning that, that his first records were “awful” and similar comments that we have heard him say over the years. He spoke a bit about being tagged ‘Cougar’ and how being so young and dealing with an older record exec he felt powerless in some of those decisions. At times he downplayed his talent and success so much that the audience had to disagree! What was unusual and nice to hear is that he also said that after practice practice practice practice – his band became the best in America and how for a time in the 80s and 90s no one could top them – a statement to which his agent agreed.
 
John talked about the drudgery of being under a contract with the expectation of making a record every 18 months and for how a time it got to a point where he just didn’t care. For example he didn’t tour at all in support of Big Daddy  - and when the boys were little and he and Elaine just stayed home for two years and raised babies. He said this was one of the most enjoyable times for him and you could tell it was a period in his life that he truly cherishes.
 
When asked how he got started painting, he told how his mother was a painter and how he used to think I took forever to make an oil painting because it took her so long to finish one, when in reality she would get the chance to paint for maybe 10 minutes then have to stop to take care of something for the kids. He indicated that when he went to New York it could have been either or – he was just as interested in art or commercial art as music.
 
Another line of conversation I found very honest and interesting was John relaying a conversation with T-Bone about how he had the misfortune (or fortune!) of being a rock star and as he nears 59 the question of how would he now continue to make music, meaning a desire to make “music with dignity.” It is an interesting question and one most artists aren’t around long enough to address. I so appreciated John sharing this. We all question ourselves at times, but not everyone is willing to admit that! In line with this he talked about how he is not the same guy who wrote “Hurts so Good.”
 
A humorous moment was John talking about Speck and how at the moment he is not taking his guitar playing seriously because he has discovered girls – but he hasn’t quite got it yet how guitars and girls go together.
 
Some of the questions had multiple parts and in one case John started talking, got off on a tangent, then had to stop and ask what the question was. There were several that went the way of John talking and not necessarily answering the question in full. But it was all good conversation to hear.
 
He talked a bit about President Bush’s “No School Left Behind” and how that was a bunch of shit, and about the state of education. He said he was asked to do something to help the schools and he refused in this particular instance because if I understood correctly - it was some people who had voted for Bush’s deal who were doing the asking and he felt they should clean up their own mess.
 
John expressed some of his fears regarding the internet such as how easy it would be for someone with ill-intent to mess with our power systems, banking etc. and in another vein how it is destroying the book industry, movie industry, and music industry. He mentioned how T-Bone had shown him the difference in quality and sound of an original recording verses the iTunes version (which lacked the warmth and quality the artist’s intent) using the Beatles as an example.
 
He discussed changes in music over generations, how the big band era was every bit as important and ‘big’ in its heyday as rock music is now. He said that while he was proud to be part of it, Rock too would pass.  In making this point, he challenged the audience to name 5 names out of the hundreds in big band music (which had mellenhead Rich just about jumping out of his seat with dozens in mind.)
 
This was followed by a brief audience question and answer period. While we were in line, the Grammy staff told us all of the questions would be recorded for the archives and so to ask good ones. So (and sorry if this was you) but I was really disappointed in the first question being what did John think of Willie’s haircut. (John said he didn’t know he had gotten one, but his sister must have had something to do with it. ) Also someone asked how long he would play with Bob Dylan the next night – would it be for at least an hour. (John said yes).  What a wasted opportunity! Better questions followed. One being did John’s grandmother know she was being recorded for Grandma’s song (the answer was, “Yes”) and for John to talk about what she meant to him. John described growing up in her care and how she told him every day that he “was the luckiest boy in the world.”
 
What I thought was the best question came from one of the mellencamp.com winners. She asked if there were locations where John would have liked to record for the new record, but couldn’t. He said yes and described difficulties with the property owner just not being cooperative.
 
He was asked how he got past being “Cougar” – and I believe he said, “clumsily”.
 
He was asked who was the one person living or dead with whom he had not performed that he would like to – and he answered “Bob Dylan”   I think meaning that Dylan was the one person for whom he had that kind of desire to play with since we know he has played with Bob already/currently.
 
He was asked who he felt was not in the hall of fame that should be – he did not name names but said there were so many singers and songwriters who should have been nominated before he was. The audience member asked about someone specific – I believe it was Mick Jones of Foreigner. To me this seemed a little awkward for John. He said he knew Mick, he was a nice guy (or something like that) that he liked the first two albums well enough. He never directly answered  - he kind of shrugged his shoulders and left it at that.
 
There was a question about the organization of Farm aid, what had John learned from it and if I remember right that questioner tried to tie in the unions. Anyway, it was a little too much for one question. Part of John’s answer was that when two people rub together only two things can happen – something good, or something bad.
 
Next was a short performance. Andy York played on two songs, the rest were just John. He started with “Save Some Time to Dream.” I have heard this song plenty of times – but hearing it live, so close and with John’s voice sounding so clear and strong pretty much had me in tears. . . and just then he messed up and was trying not to laugh. When he messed up again I knew the “F-bomb” would follow and by then I was laughing. You could say I was *Between a laugh and a tear*  John was smiling afterwards and said he had been singing that song for two years and how many times did he just mess up?  
 
He asked for Andy to come out and fix his amp, which was kind of funny too. Other songs he sang (all acoustic and not in order) were Cherry Bomb, Small Town, Don’t Need This Body (Andy is so good on this one!) and Thinking About You (Also with Andy). A nice mix of new and old! I hope I didn’t leave one out.
 
The audience was so appreciative and you could tell all were really listening to every note. Outside of toes tapping along – everyone was so absorbed in the music – it was really quiet. So very different from a concert crowd, and such a special opportunity to have!
 
As I listened in this setting with the sparse stage in a small room with John singing so close, I could imagine what it must have been like to be at the recording locations for No Better Than This – a music moment of my own!
604  MELLENCAMP.COM ANNOUNCEMENTS / Announcements & Updates / Second Show Added For Bloomington! on: August 13, 2010, 10:11:42 am
Second Show Added for Bloomington!
A second show has been added in Bloomington for Saturday, October 30th at the IU Auditorium. Tickets are on sale now via pre-sale. The password is clumsyolworld. Head to TicketMaster.com to purchase tickets today!.

http://www.ticketmaster.com/event/05004509DF00A462?artistid=770615&majorcatid=10001&minorcatid=1
605  MELLENCAMP.COM ANNOUNCEMENTS / Announcements & Updates / Toledo Streets Newspaper - Lengthly Mellencamp Interview & Public Service Announ on: August 12, 2010, 01:40:13 pm
In 2007 John visited a tent city in Toledo, OH raising awareness of the homeless which sparked the founding of 1Matters.org.  John has continued his support not only for 1Matters, but all of those who have lost domestic autonomy in our nation.



During a recent concert stop nearby Windsor, ON, John Mellencamp sat down to talk with 1Matters’ Ken Leslie on behalf of Toledo Streets Newspaper to talk about homelessness, music, and progress.

Read the full article and watch the videos http://www.mellencamp.com/news.html?n_id=857
606  MELLENCAMP DISCUSSION / Nashville, TN / Re: Ryman on: August 11, 2010, 11:08:59 am
I have tried for an hour to get tickets to the Ryman...........NO LUCK.
I am VERY disappointed! Cry

You are getting no seats at all?

http://www.ticketmaster.com/event/1B004509DABB6535?artistid=770615&majorcatid=10001&minorcatid=1

Password americanfool

Just pulled Premium Package row 2 and

Section
Row
Seats
Description BAL-11
E
6 - 3
Price Level 1
BALCONY-SECOND LEVEL ROWS A-P
RIGHT OF CENTER
FULL
TypeMellencamp.com Presale
PriceUS $111.70 x 4
Price Details
SUBTOTAL*US $446.80

I am pulling seats too:

Section
Row
Seats
Description
BAL-11
D
2 - 1
Price Level 1
BALCONY-SECOND LEVEL ROWS A-P
RIGHT OF CENTER
FULL




Section
Row
Seats
Description
MF-3
D
2 - 1
Price Level 1
FLOOR-FIRST LEVEL ROWS AA-BB THEN A-Z
CENTER OF HALL
FULL
Type
John Mellencamp Premium Ticket Package
Ticket Price
US $222.00 x 2


Keep trying!
607  MELLENCAMP.COM ANNOUNCEMENTS / Announcements & Updates / Request "No Better Than This" At Radio! Now is the time! on: August 08, 2010, 03:47:51 pm
Now is an ideal time to contact your local radio stations and request the single No Better Than This or ask them to play some tracks from it! Hearing interest from their listeners will help encourage them to play John's new music more. Click on the news article link below for all of your local radio station call in phone numbers, email info and request lines.

http://www.mellencamp.com/news.html?n_id=95

608  MELLENCAMP.COM ANNOUNCEMENTS / Announcements & Updates / 2010 Farm Aid Charity Auction Donations Still Being Accepted on: August 06, 2010, 11:50:08 am
Donations continue to come in for our annual Farm Aid Charity Auction. Looks like we are going to have some cool items to auction off this year!

We will get the auction up around the first week of September so if you would like to donate something to be auctioned off for a great cause send it our way!

Yep, its that time of year again! Our Club Cherry Bomb/Human Wheels Farm Aid 2010 Charity Auction is starting to get under way!

Last year we had some great donations! Fans from all over donated some of their prize Mellencamp merchandise to this great cause! No donation is to small. A sticker, a button, a shirt, whatever it is we are thrilled to have it be part of our auction!

Anyone that is interested in donating something to the auction please email sharon@mellencamp.com

Last year we donated an incredible amount of money and John and the Farm Aid staff just can't thank you enough!

Did you know that WE ARE THE ONLY FAN CLUB THAT DOES THIS! Not Willy's, not Neil's or Dave's ONLY JOHN'S! So let's all come together look in our closets, check those boxes of Mellencamp merch, see what we have that you can part with! And donate it to a great cause!
609  MELLENCAMP DISCUSSION / Video & Audio / Check Out John at Farm Aid 2009 Pink Houses Live! on: August 06, 2010, 09:38:08 am
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S79RyckFKuk
610  MELLENCAMP.COM ANNOUNCEMENTS / Ticket & Tour Questions / Re: How long is John going to play with Bob Dylan on: August 06, 2010, 09:24:08 am
Hey nice to see some questions on our new board!  What Dylan/Mellencamp show are you going to?

John's current backing band is:

Michael Wanchic (guitar)
Andy York (guitar)
Miriam Sturm (violin)
John Gunnell (electric and upright bass)
Dane Clark (drums) and Troye Kennett (accordion/keyboards)

The set list below is from one of John's most recent dates in Canada. Hopefully you will get a couple new songs! 


Pink Houses
Paper In Fire
No Better Than This
Check It Out
Take Some Time To Dream
Cherry Bomb (A capella)
Don't Need This Body
Small Town (solo acoustic)
Segue To Old Rugged Cross (with Miriam and Troy)
Scarecrow
The West End
Troubled Land
If I Die Sudden
Crumbling Down
Band Introductions
Authority Song
Jack and Diane
R.O.C.K in the U.S.A.
611  MELLENCAMP.COM ANNOUNCEMENTS / Promote John / Request "No Better Than This" At Radio! on: August 06, 2010, 08:49:29 am
http://www.mellencamp.com/news.html?n_id=95

The title track from John's forthcoming (in stores Aug. 17) album No Better Than This is the first single from the album.

The song along with the entire CD has been sent to multiple radio formats, including AAA, Americana and Non-Commercial.

Be listening for it! To find your local station in these formats please click HERE and search for your local area.

Now is an ideal time to contact your local radio stations listed below and request the single No Better Than This or ask them to play some tracks from it! Hearing interest from their listeners will help encourage them to play John's new music more.

Drop us an email at help@mellencamp.com if you hear the song on your local station and when.

Email also what stations you requested the song to be played! When requesting No Better Than This, like we did when requesting songs in the past remember these important tips:

* Personalize all email requests by mentioning the DJ's name, something that happened at their station or in you community or something you heard the DJ say. Make sure they know you are a real listener!
* Do NOT mention you are a fan club member, street team member or part of the Mellencamp fan community. These requests are coming from you as a real listener so don't give them an excuse to think you are not sincere or that you were put up to it. Your requests come from the heart and are honest requests to a station you really listen to and that is all they need to know.
* Don't email the same DJ more than twice a week. Don't email the same station more than once a day.
* Try not to use fan related email accounts. It's better to send requests from your real name or a generic email address so that you don't sound like you are part of a fan club.
* Keep your requests friendly, fun, and upbeat.
* Try to be patient and polite at all times and eventually your positive input will help encourage them to play songs from the CD.
* When you request, don't just say. “I love John Mellencamp”. Focus on the CD and tell them why No Better Than This excites you and that you want to hear songs from the CD.
* Do not mass mail your requests to more than one station at a time.
* If you hear a John Mellencamp song played on your local station, call them up to thank them. They love positive feedback and that will actually help more than the request itself because it shows you were listening and moved by the song! Click on the link below for the complete list of phone numbers, emails and request contact information.

http://media.mellencamp.com/No%20Better%20Than%20This%20Radio.htm
612  MELLENCAMP.COM ANNOUNCEMENTS / Announcements & Updates / Farm Aid 2010 Mellencamp.com Pre-Sale TOMORROW! on: August 05, 2010, 09:52:47 pm
Mellencamp.com will be offering advance pre-sale tickets for readers of the website. Our presale will begin Friday, August 6th at 10 AM CT. On Friday morning we will add a link to the tour table that will take you to a private ticket selling page for you to purchase your pre-sale tickets. Refresh the page just before the pre-sale starts for the link. We have a limited number of tickets available and quantities may run out - first come, first served. Presale ends on Wednesday, August 11th.

We will have a very small number of $150 gold circle tickets (plus applicable fees) in section A4. Our other allotted seats are field/floor level sections B3, B5, B6, C6 and fixed stadium seat section 107. All of those tickets will be $97.50 plus any applicable ticket fees. Several hundred tickets are available in our pre-sale.

Please email help@mellencamp.com with any questions/problems.
613  MELLENCAMP DISCUSSION / Introduce Yourself / Welcome and hello! on: August 05, 2010, 09:34:03 pm
Hi I am Sharon! I am one of the administrators of Mellencamp.com some of you may know me from the CCB Message board!  Welcome and I hope you like our new site!
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