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 on: June 28, 2017, 12:06:02 pm 
Started by bradleym - Last post by turmbird
any comparision of artists is somehow stupid. they all are influenced by all and do their OWN thing in the end. dylan never was the new guthrie, as springsteen never was the new dylan, and mellencamp never was springsteen etc...everyone can listen and like what he wants, for me bruce springsteen has made great records and his live shows are unique. if i had to chose one, i´d always take john, but i am happy that a few more guys make great music.

btw, german rolling stone had a review of "Sad Clowns & Hillbillies" and gave it 3 and half stars, as they always do. and in the past issue they had a Q&A with john.

 on: June 28, 2017, 09:13:13 am 
Started by shakeyjrc - Last post by kstucker
Hi Sharon and Tony:

Wow the VIP merchandise sounds fantastic, cannot wait to receive it!  I am going to the Cary, NC show this evening and have not yet received my VIP swag.  In the past, I have always received the VIP merchandise prior to the concert so I presume it is just delayed as I know there is a chance it can arrive after the show.  Do you have any updates or know who I can contact about this?  I think I remember reading a post from Tony saying the merchandise started shipping around 09 June.

Thanks for your help!!  Can't wait for tonight's concert, so excited!!  Grin

 on: June 28, 2017, 08:17:39 am 
Started by sharonc - Last post by sharonc
Mellencamp flexes his creative muscles
The Greek Theatre, Los Angeles

By Dan MacIntosh - Country Standard Times

For his "Sad Clowns & Hillbillies" tour, John Mellencamp brought along Carlene Carter - the night's self-described hostess who appears on the recent album, as well as Emmylou Harris. Each iconic woman performed her own set, as well as joining in with the headliner's set. With Mellencamp dressed rather formally, this man introduced as being from Bloomington, Ind. put on a show both deep in content and emotion.

Mellencamp naturally, drew liberally from this latest as well as performing a large dosage of hits. The night's most moving moment took place when Mellencamp sang "Easy Target," featuring a lyric inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement. In contrast to Mellencamp's usual fiddle-colored folk rock, this performance was far more subdued, with a contrasting cabaret feel. Mellencamp's voice, which has grown into a husky Tom Waits-y growl, sang it like a grizzled social commentator.

Mellencamp also performed the REM-flavored "Grandview" from the "Sad Clowns" album, while Carter chipped in the Apostle Paul-inspired "Damascus Road" from the album during her opening set. While the early part of Mellencamp's set took on a serious, bluesy vibe, he closed out the show with whole-audience sing-alongs for the rumbling "Crumblin' Down," danced to "Authority Song" (which mixed in lyrics and dance moves from "Land of 1000 Dances)," "Pink Houses" (which was transformed this night into a duet with Carter) and sent the audience home feeling nostalgic with "Cherry Bomb." Mellencamp proved there are few better at transforming socially conscious songs into a rocking dance party.

Harris preceded Mellencamp with a set of songs that expertly matched the fine singer's voice with top tier lyrical material. Gillian Welch's "Orphan Girl" came early in the set, while "Pancho & Lefty," which she claimed never gets tired of singing, came along later. And calling it her favorite Merle Haggard song, Harris gave the late singer/songwriter's "Kern River" song about love and loss a feminine viewpoint.

Carter, who looks and sounds more like her mother June Carter Cash every day, opened with an acoustic guitar-backed "Every Little Thing," but also found room to sing the wonderful Carter Family gem "Gold Watch and Chain." Although they didn't get a chance to sing any of their own songs, Lily & Madeleine provided lovely harmonies for every act throughout the evening.

Tonight's audience appeared to be a mixture of Americana music fans and hardcore Mellencamp devotees. Unfortunately, many of these Mellencamp fans rudely talked loudly during Carter and Harris' sets, which drew dirty looks from some of the more eclectic audience members. It's sometimes easy to forget Mellencamp was once a big pop star, even though one song he sang ("Pop Singer") expressed his disdain for singing pop music. In fact, Mellencamp turned his smash "Jack and Diane" into an acoustic guitar accompanied throwaway, which he claimed he sings only because his audience demands it.

Mellencamp's hit making days may now behind him, but the songs on "Sad Clowns & Hillbillies" show the Midwestern roots rocker still flexing his creative muscles. And this night gave him ample opportunity to work out these well-developed strengths.


 on: June 28, 2017, 08:17:06 am 
Started by sharonc - Last post by sharonc
By Barry Kerzner - American Blues Scene

John Mellencamp has been around. He’s seen his share of what life has to offer: simple, complicated, anticipated, surprises, joys, and disappointments. Over the course of a career that began in the mid-seventies he has been nominated for 13 GRAMMY Awards, winning one. He’s had over 22 Top 40 hits, and along with Neil Young and Willie Nelson he founded Farm Aid, “an organization that works to increase awareness of the importance of family farms.” In 2008, Mellencamp was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Just as Woody Guthrie and Lead Belly painted pictures of daily life and struggles in their day, perhaps the two best such troubadours of our time are Mellencamp and Willie Nelson. A person would be hard pressed to find finer realistic portrayals of our country and its people today than those being written and performed by Mellencamp. What makes his glimpses into the human condition so convincing, and so accurate is their inherent honesty. His protagonists are instantly recognizable in ourselves.

More than four decades on and Mellencamp is still gifting us illuminating portraits of who we are, how we see ourselves, and how we view the world we live in. His 23rd studio album Sad Clowns & Hillbillies, out on Republic Records, is a scintillating experience.

Of the album’s 13 tracks, six are written by Mellencamp himself, and three with others. His production is flawless, and along with Bob Ludwig’s mastering, and David Leonard’s engineering and superb mix, the sound quality here is rich, deep, and gratifying. The band elevates the experience, carrying these yarns and dramas along to us wrapped in a sea of layered sonic adventure. Carlene Carter joins Mellencamp on vocals for five of these performances.

It is almost alarming how easy it is to lose ourselves in these songs. We listened to the album several times through and like the intriguing partner at a dance, we wanted yet another turn.

There are performances that we particularly enjoyed. “Battle of Angels” is at once daring, and observant, looking at our dealings with others, even as the music envelopes us: “You know our life’s full of shadows, with one foot out the door. Trying to satisfy our hungers, and devouring our souls.” The gruffness of Mellencamp’s vocal on this track makes the message all the more poignant. “Grandview” harkens back to his earlier, more rock informed work and features Martina McBride on vocals and Izzy Stradlin on guitar. It’s a look at wants versus realties and the comfort of simplicity.

“Indigo Sunset” draws us in with its simple elegance clothed in rough edges. “What kind of Man Am I” is a painfully truthful gaze into the protagonists’ soul as he himself examines it. This is potent introspection, and merciless insight. The vocals and the music itself heighten the delivery and impact of this examination. “Damascus Road” is another song where a person takes a deep dive into their own soul: “I could suddenly see the good and bad in both sides of me.” This is yet another compelling journey inside our own psyches.

Sad Clowns & Hillbillies is without question a contemporary masterpiece. This is some of the best writing and music that Mellencamp has ever been kind enough to share with us. He provides a perspective that is still as unadorned, honest and witty as ever, but more perceptive with the experience of growing older.

 on: June 27, 2017, 07:53:36 pm 
Started by shakeyjrc - Last post by sharonc

Just some kudos here, I think the merchandise in this package has been the best package yet! Especially the nice Mellencamp tour themed poster!

-Large tour themed Mellencamp poster
-Best VIP laminate yet (album cover)
-Water bottle
-Bottle opener keychain

Thank you! We put a lot of thought into this package. Glad you like it!

 on: June 27, 2017, 03:22:01 pm 
Started by arschr - Last post by arschr
We'll be at the concert tonight and saw John last at the Fox a few years ago.  My wife tells me we also saw him at Chastain before, I think it was the Fox or maybe lakewood.  I can't find a history of his past tours/locations on the web (yet) so was wondering if anyone here either knows the times John has played Chastain before or has a link to a tour/location history?


 on: June 27, 2017, 12:40:43 pm 
Started by shakeyjrc - Last post by shakeyjrc

Just some kudos here, I think the merchandise in this package has been the best package yet! Especially the nice Mellencamp tour themed poster!

-Large tour themed Mellencamp poster
-Best VIP laminate yet (album cover)
-Water bottle
-Bottle opener keychain

 on: June 26, 2017, 08:25:08 pm 
Started by bradleym - Last post by kicker
So glad to know I'm not alone in my thinking! I've said the same thing about both for years. It kills me that Bruce can do something John has done years before and then get praise for his "ground breaking" work. It may not be his fault but I can't listen to him because of that. Well, that's not entirely true, I cannot deal with his voice either!

Lisa in Georgia

I cannot stand his voice either, but it's not only that, it's also that wanna-be midwestern/southern accent of his ''or whatever the hell it is'' the stupid bandana, the make-up, and the way he struts on stage like he's still 25. But what really gets my dander up is the fact that so many of his apparently blind and tone deaf followers still think John is the lightweight of the two. Still none of that would matter if his post 70s output was one tenth as interesting and compelling as John's is, but it's not even close.

 on: June 26, 2017, 12:01:21 pm 
Started by VALLSUP - Last post by VALLSUP
Please message me at vallsup423@gmail if interested in ticket.

 on: June 26, 2017, 10:31:06 am 
Started by dolstein - Last post by dolstein
I haven't sold it yet.  However, it's currently listed on Stub Hub. I'm selling it there for cost plus whatever service charges stubhub adds.  I'd be happy to sell the ticket to you directly for my cost, assuming I can pull the listing from stubhub.

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