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 on: October 24, 2014, 09:02:12 pm 
Started by kicker - Last post by kicker
Classic rock stations are even more repetitive and boring than top 40, they're useless, haven't listened to one for more than five minutes at a time for more than two decades.

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 on: October 24, 2014, 08:26:29 am 
Started by turmbird - Last post by turmbird
for those interested:
4 stars from german rolling stone in their october issue.

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 on: October 23, 2014, 11:13:50 pm 
Started by walktall2010 - Last post by walktall2010
John Mellencamp reflects on Stephen King friendship, wild Detroit memories & restless nature

By Eric Lacy
October 23, 2014

DETROIT, MI -- There hasn't been a "Cougar" in John Mellencamp's name for nearly 25 years, but that doesn't mean his feistiness has gone away.

The Seymour, Ind. born Mellencamp, 63, hates being idle, still smokes cigarettes 20 years after a heart attack and refuses to stop rockin' out for his fans in the Midwest and beyond.

"If Iím not taking any risks, Iím not having any fun," Mellencamp told MLive.com over the phone Wednesday. "Playing it safe is for sissies."

Mellencamp's latest endeavor: a musical he co-created with horror novelist and good buddy Stephen King called "Ghost Brothers of Darkland County."

This supernatural, gothic production stars Billy Burke and Gina Gershon and will make a Nov. 26 stop at Detroit's Fisher Theater.

MLive.com caught up with Mellencamp to get details about his latest project ó which he created the music and lyrics for ó his fondest Detroit memories and much, much more.

You worked with Stephen King on this musical for 16 years. How did the project evolve and change over that time?

Well, as you can probably imagine, over 16 years thereís been a lot of evolution. Steve is basically a guy who is a book writer and Iím a guy who is basically a song and dance man. And weíre doing something that basically hasnít been done before, so thereís definitely a learning curve. It takes time to do this and that, so itís still really in an evolution process right now. Thatís what these next few shows are for us; they give us the opportunity to keep working on things and improve things. Weíre trying to create something unique here. We want a great show; itís more like a play with music.

So how does that work? Well, I guess ĎMy Fair LadyĒ was kind of that way with the movie because that was a play, and then they added songs. Weíve learned that Steve tells the story with his words and I develop the characters through the songs. And thatís quite contrary to what most musicals do; most songs move the story forward and the character development is basically done in unison. But with this, this is a horse of a different color.

What did you learn about Stephen and his work through this whole process?

Steve and I have become like brothers. Over all this time, weíve never had an argument and have been very respectful of each other. Weíve never had an argument. I donít play well with other kids generally ó I have a hard time with record producers ó but Steve and I have just gotten along fantastically. And thatís why we can keep this thing going. We donít get mad each other and say Ď(Bleep) youí and give up.

Weíre just not going to do that. Weíre going to keep working on this thing until itís done. The reason Steve is so productive is because heís a writer, and he is constantly writing. His mind is open to suggestions, to creativity, and the only way that can happen is if you do it all the time. You canít be a part-time guy. Well, I guess you can, and you can make nice stuff, but I donít think you can be as productive as Steve without getting up every morning and going to work.

You know Detroit since you played so many shows here. I bet you're excited for this musical.

I love Detroit! I canít believe the property you guys have for sale up there! I can take a house off your hands! Whatís that lake up there? (Lake St. Clair) Thereís some beautiful (bleeping) old houses up there! If I could square living in Detroit I would. Iím not afraid of gunfire either.

You're heavily involved in Farm Aid and all the annual concerts to support it. What do you think about how this country treats its farming industry, farmers in general, and this movement to shop more local and do things like urban farming?

Weíve been promoting and advocating local and organic and sustainable agriculture for years with Farm Aid, but now it is just getting it peopleís pockets and minds for the first time. We just had our 28th Farm Aid and we feel like people are starting to understand the difference between having your food shipped in 10,000 miles away as opposed to having it brought in locally. I think that it has taken a long time, and I doubt will solve the problem in my lifetime or Willie (Nelson's) lifetime, but I think people are starting to go ĎHey, I finally get it now!í

Are you worried about any kinds of career risks you'll be taking with this musical?

Man, thatís what I was born to do ó to take risks. If Iím not taking any risks, Iím not having any fun! Playing it safe is for sissies! Iím not going to sit around and play it safe; Iím looking for trouble.

What kind of memories do you have of playing the Detroit area?

I used to be in the house band at the place they used to have in (the Plymouth-Canton area) back in the 70s (called Center Stage). I got knocked out on stage there one night (accidentally by one of his own guitarists) and had to be rushed to the hospital. We were the house bad! Back in the 70s youíd be playing here, then youíd be playing there and then youíre playing in Plymouth. I shouldíve had a house in Plymouth because I was there so much. Then things moved to Joe Louis ó from there to Cobo back to Joe Louis and so on. Whatís that theatre in Detroit thatís so beautiful? The Fox. I played everywhere there is to play in Detroit.

What did you learn from those early days performing in the Detroit area?

Iíve learned this world is full of opportunities, that opportunities are always in front of you, and itís just whether you want to step in and take them. Iíve done a lot of things: Iíve directed films, Iíve worked with Steve King, Iíve worked with Larry McMurty ó the greatest American authors. Iíve worked with Bob Dylan, I toured with Dylan. Iíve worked with some of the greatest people this generation has produced, and itís only because I had my eyes open.

It wasnít because I was so talented or so great, it was because opportunities present themselves and I took them. I remember the first time I heard Bob Seger sing ďRambliní Gambliní Man.Ē I know where I was at, I know what I was doing. I thought ĎWho the (bleep) is this guy?í I was like in eighth grade or something. Iíve got all sorts of great stories about Detroit, but I just canít tell them in a newspaper.

Ever feel you had to compete with Seger or Springsteen, or feel likely you were all unfairly lumped in together under the same category?

Never, never, never, never in my mind. All those people have been nothing but gracious to me. Never did I feel competitive with those guys. First of all, theyíre older than me! Both those guys were making records when I was in high school.

I was proud to be lumped in together with those guys. It was like ĎHey, wait a minute, youíre talking about some of the greatest song writers of a generation.í And just being in that tradition (with those people was an honor). Letís not forget that I was in a bar band (to start). If we could play three chords, that was it!

How often did you play at Center Stage in Canton?

Like a million! Listen, we played Michigan all the (bleeping) time. We played Ohio, Indiana, Illinois. We started out locally, kinda grew nationally and then internationally. It was grass roots. The longer it takes you to get somewhere the longer it takes you to get back, so people who come out with just one record and are big stars arenít going to last very long. It took me a long time to even find out what I was supposed to be doing.

You're somewhat of an activist in your music. Knowing what Detroit's going through right now with bankruptcy, with still a lot of challenges ahead, what are your thoughts on the city's future.

I hope Detroit will rebound and be better than ever. Iím not being patronizing, but it's too great a city to go under.

http://www.mlive.com/entertainment/detroit/index.ssf/2014/10/john_mellencamp.html

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 on: October 23, 2014, 08:45:00 pm 
Started by kicker - Last post by Smalltownboy
I only hear John's music from back in the day (Jack And Diane, Small-town, Hurts So Good, etc.) on the classic rock station.  It's such a shame because Plain Spoken is it it's entirety, a great record. 

I'm glad to hear some of the songs from Plain Spoken are getting airplay elsewhere.




Mike

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 on: October 20, 2014, 01:56:00 pm 
Started by kicker - Last post by littlebastard
I haven't heard any, but I could see Outlaw Country playing them on Serius XM radio. That's a pretty good station that plays John, Dylan, James McMurtry, Ryan Bingham, John Hiatt, John Prine and all the people I like you can't hear anywhere else.

It's getting airplay, going up the Americana Charts and I have heard TM a bunch of times on Sirius XM's Spectrum.

Thanks for chiming in guys, all i gotta say is thank god for Americana, where would veteran artists like John, Robert Plant and so many others be without it's welcoming arms.

It just proves that there is still a fan base and desire for music from these artists. Now XM gives the listener more of a choice, and doesn't force upon us what regular radio does.

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 on: October 20, 2014, 01:52:20 pm 
Started by sharonc - Last post by sharonc
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This week AXS TV will rebroadcast the intimate live performance by John from his Belmont Mall studio outside of Bloomington, IN performed originally in late September. The night featured a mix of songs from his newly released album, Plain Spoken and classic songs performed by John and band for a tiny fan only audience. Here are the air dates/times:

Tuesday 10/21 at 10 PM ET and 12 AM ET
Wednesday 10/22 at 12:30 PM ET
Sunday 10/26 at 4:55 PM ET and 3:30 AM ET. Find your AXS TV channel HERE for airtimes. 

Watch "Sometimes There's God" the second track from Plain Spoken live from Belmont Mall.


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JOHN MELLENCAMP ON NPR'S WORLD CAFE ON TUES. OCT. 28
John Mellencamp recently joined host David Dye for a session of NPR's World Cafe radio show. The session included John playing and discussing songs from his new album Plain Spoken. The episode will air on Tuesday, October 28, 2014. It can be heard on over 200 NPR stations nationwide, check local listings. Online and worldwide the show can be streamed at 2 PM EST. The show will be made available for on demand listening HERE after it streams live. 


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 on: October 19, 2014, 04:57:07 pm 
Started by kicker - Last post by kicker
I haven't heard any, but I could see Outlaw Country playing them on Serius XM radio. That's a pretty good station that plays John, Dylan, James McMurtry, Ryan Bingham, John Hiatt, John Prine and all the people I like you can't hear anywhere else.

It's getting airplay, going up the Americana Charts and I have heard TM a bunch of times on Sirius XM's Spectrum.

Thanks for chiming in guys, all i gotta say is thank god for Americana, where would veteran artists like John, Robert Plant and so many others be without it's welcoming arms.

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 on: October 19, 2014, 12:13:43 pm 
Started by kicker - Last post by TonyBClubManager
I haven't heard any, but I could see Outlaw Country playing them on Serius XM radio. That's a pretty good station that plays John, Dylan, James McMurtry, Ryan Bingham, John Hiatt, John Prine and all the people I like you can't hear anywhere else.

It's getting airplay, going up the Americana Charts and I have heard TM a bunch of times on Sirius XM's Spectrum.

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 on: October 18, 2014, 08:25:24 pm 
Started by kicker - Last post by littlebastard
I haven't heard any, but I could see Outlaw Country playing them on Serius XM radio. That's a pretty good station that plays John, Dylan, James McMurtry, Ryan Bingham, John Hiatt, John Prine and all the people I like you can't hear anywhere else.

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 on: October 18, 2014, 06:31:30 pm 
Started by kicker - Last post by kicker
No i'm not talking top 40, modern ''country'' or teen/pop oriented radio stations LOL, but more adult contemporary and other similar formats. Just wondering how much play ''Troubled Man'' and ''Sometimes There's God'' are getting since their releases as singles, it's a real shame if people besides us hardcore fans aren't hearing these songs.

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