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 on: June 23, 2016, 01:19:45 pm 
Started by johndarner - Last post by jakesmom204
Thanks, John.  I'm looking forward to watching some of these!

 on: June 22, 2016, 11:24:06 am 
Started by johndarner - Last post by MNorris149
Thank you for doing this! I'm loving it! There's a lot of these clips that I've never seen as I lived in a serious small town with no cable t.v.!

Lisa Norris

 on: June 21, 2016, 03:56:50 pm 
Started by TonyBClubManager - Last post by TonyBClubManager
Farm Aid announced today that its annual food and music festival will take place on Saturday, Sept. 17th, at Jiffy Lube Live in Bristow, Va., with tickets going on sale to the public on Monday, June 27th. Farm Aid 2016, an all-day music and food festival, will feature performances by Farm Aid board members Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young and Dave Matthews —with Tim Reynolds — as well as Alabama Shakes, Sturgill Simpson, Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats, Jamey Johnson, Margo Price, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, Carlene Carter and Insects vs Robots. 
"We’ve been fighting for family farmers for a long time, and that fight isn’t over," said John Mellencamp in a statement. "At Farm Aid 2016, we’ll come together to stand up to the handful of corporations that control our food system. If you want a better world, it starts with you." - John Mellencamp - Rolling Stone.  Read the complete press release on
We will be offering a limited number of tickets, including covered reserved seats, non-roof covered reserved seats and general admission lawn tickets in a free member pre-sale on Thursday, June 23rd beginning at 10 AM ET through Monday, June 26th ending at 10 PM, or whenever our allotment runs out - supplies are limited. The pre-sale tickets will be offered through Live Nation using a password posted on the TOUR page for logged in members. Read THIS tutorial to learn how our pre-sale works. Please watch our TOUR page for more details.
Farm Aid Ticket Presale Starts Tomorrow's ticket presale gives you access to the best seats in the house - before the tickets go on sale to the public. The's presale starts tomorrow, Wednesday, June 22, at noon EDT - visit for all the information you need!

Public Ticket Sale
Tickets for Farm Aid 2016 go on sale on Monday, June 27, at 10 a.m. EDT. Ticket prices range from $49.50 to $189.50 and will be available for purchase at, the venue box office and by phone at (800) 745-3000.

Farm Aid galvanizes family farmers, activists, advocates and eaters to stand up to corporate power in support of a farm and food system that is good for people and communities, not just for the profits of a few. Every action we take - seeking out family farm food, voting with ballots and our forks, sharing good food with family and friends - shifts the power in our food system. Get on the #Road2FarmAid! Show us how you make change a and you could win tickets to Farm Aid 2016. 

Get Connected
For the latest concert updates and information all summer long, like Farm Aid on Facebook, and follow @Farmaid on Twitter and Instagram. Keep an eye out for the Farm Aid 2016 app for iPhone and Android, coming soon!

 on: June 21, 2016, 12:57:59 pm 
Started by johndarner - Last post by johndarner
I invite everyone to visit my new YouTube channel Mellencamp TV

 on: June 14, 2016, 06:32:36 pm 
Started by combover - Last post by combover
Wow ... so nice that fellow Hoosier Mr. Mellencamp is still pouring out the tunes for us.  While I can remember listening to him a bit in high school (1979 ... I need a lover) ... I must admit I did not embrace him or his music.  Frankly, as a young man, trying to find his place, I would not consider taking a date to his concerts ... how could I be the one in "her" eyes ... after one of his concerts???  Yeah, I know that sounds sad ... but very true.  Even in college, Mr. Mellencamp visited Purdue (Hurt's so good, Jack & Diane, Lonely Ol Nights) ... my friends went to the concert.  I passed ... I think that I still was so immature that I just could not face such "in your face" manliness.  Looking back, we was ... and still is a very good role model ... that I would have done well to emulate.  Years later, after I was working, married, and felt that I had proved myself a bit ... to myself if no one else ... a friend said what a fan of Mr. Mellencamp she was.  So I revisited his music ... and have really enjoyed it ever since.  He is an American rocker that truly shares his gifts generously with us.  When he visited Jimmy Kimmel Live with his granddaughter in tow ... and the audience sang along ... nice stuff.  Now listening to "Troubled Man" ... he cuts deep into just about every man's psyche ... better than anyone that comes to mind.  So proud of my Indiana roots and the way he shares them with the rest of the world.

 on: June 14, 2016, 06:45:23 am 
Started by sharonc - Last post by TonyBClubManager
Tony, what is the filming for? A DVD?

I'll repeat what I said a few posts above:
John is having a show from this tour filmed, what he does with it we don't know yet, but we are hopeful he will elect to release it as a DVD/Bluray

 on: June 14, 2016, 12:28:55 am 
Started by walktall2010 - Last post by walktall2010
On the road with Johnny Cougar
30 years later, here's a little ditty about the tour that made John Mellencamp famous and the guy who drove the bus.

By Cindy Uecker

Bill Klaes asked himself the same question in 1982 that every recent college graduate struggles with: What now? It was two summers after his graduation from Indiana University, and, without a better idea, Bill attempted to start his own photography company. After spending the day shooting with a client, Bill stopped for a bite to eat and a beer at a small sandwich shop in his hometown of Seymour. A man with a familiar face walked up.

"Hey Billy? Your dad still have that big motor home?" "Yeah.""

"Would he be interested in renting it out?"

"I'm sure he'd probably do that, yeah."

"They'll need a driver, too. You wanna drive it?"

That familiar face belonged to Ted Mellencamp, and he was talking about a music tour for his older brother, John Cougar Mellencamp.

That fall, Johnny Cougar was touring as the opening act for the band Heart and promoting his new album, "American Fool." Although Mellencamp had already hit the road the previous year touring for the album, "Nothing Matters And What If It Did," his fifth attempt at a successful record, he wasn't a rock star yet.

Zach Dunkin, who has known Mellencamp since 1976, has followed his music career since day one. When the Indianapolis Star and Indianapolis News merged, Zach became the arts and entertainment editor for the Star, along with simultaneously writing as a music critic for 12 years. Zach wrote an article for the Star when Mellencamp was first picked up by Tony Defries, the manager behind David Bowie's success and responsible for Mellencamp's transformation into Johnny Cougar.

"He created this Johnny Cougar character, this cool, Elvis kind of guy with slicked back hair," Dunkin says. "Defries flew in all kinds of people to Seymour from magazines like Rolling Stone for the debut of Johnny Cougar. It was a big deal, with spotlights out in front and everything. But nobody bought it. They didn't fall for it-- the whole plan failed."

Despite the moderate hit "Ain't Even Done With the Night," Mellencamp's "Nothing Matters" album belly-flopped into his pool of failed past records. It did, however, hoist Mellencamp onto the Billboard charts for the second time ("I Need A Lover" made it's way to spot number 28 in 1980) and paved the road for his "American Fool" tour.

Bill was behind the wheel of that tour - literally. He drove his father's Blue Bird Wanderlodge from show to show. The motor home was nothing fancy - Bill had used it to tailgate with his fraternity brothers during his college years - and not too big - it was a narrow-body, front-engine 31 footer. He felt like he was driving for a small bar band that was warming up the crowd for a big leaguer.

But success came faster than Bill's motor home could drive. For four weeks, the single "Jack and Diane" held the number one spot on the Billboard charts, with "Hurts So Good" on its tail at the number two spot. The atmosphere of the tour began to change, and venue signs now put the name John Cougar before Heart. The band moved up to jet planes bumping the road crew up from the class C Minnie Winnie they were riding in to Bill's Blue Bird. "American Fool" climbed the charts.

"I was backstage the night the album went number one," Bill remembers. "There were bottles of champagne, and they were celebrating - the band and the managers and the crew. They toasted that night, and after it was over I stole the wine rack they used to hold the wine bottles. I still have it, that $2 wine rack. There is nothing on it that says it was backstage with John Mellencamp when his album went number one, so it has no value. But I've still got that thing."

Kenny Aronoff, who played drums with Mellencamp for 17 years, remembers that electric atmosphere. "It was a great time for us," Aronoff says. "We were all over the radio stations. Back then, if you were number one you were everywhere, on every radio station, MTV, any music news and all the big music magazines. We were the new kids on the block and started to get a lot of attention. It's amazing to look back and realize we were a part of the music business when it was the most happening, ever."

At 22, Bill was the youngest member of the tour (Mellencamp celebrated his 31st birthday on the road). That was true until one day when Bill was spending his down time swimming in one of the hotel pools.

"I felt a guy kick me and he says, 'Hey, you're Bill Klaes?' It was a high school buddy of mine and turns out he was the pilot hired to fly John's private jet. It's funny because the singer's from Seymour, his driver's from Seymour, and now the pilot's from Seymour, too."

Despite Mellencamp's leap to stardom, Bill and the road crew continued to wheel from show to show in the motor home, sometimes with more bumps than just potholes. The first day Bill went to meet up with Mellencamp and his crew, he blew a hole in the radiator. And in the days before GPS, it's no surprise they sometimes got lost.

"Back then, there were no computers, we hardly had technology. The next show we were going to was in Kansas City, so I pulled out my atlas and started looking at the state of Kansas," Bill says. "Well it turns out Kansas City is in Missouri, and I was in the wrong state entirely. Everyone is sleeping in the back of the bus and I turn on the radio to try and hear about Mellencamp coming to town and that's when I figured I was in the wrong place. Nobody ever knew I made that mistake, everyone was back there sleeping and never woke up. I was running early, so no one was late for the performance." It's ironic that Bill made the mistake of thinking Kansas City was in the state of Kansas, since the entire crew called him Einstein. He was the only one to have graduated from college.

The day-to-day life on the tour consisted of a lot of standing around and hanging out. They would roll into town early in the morning, around 6 or 7 a.m., and Bill would drop everyone off at the hotel. The sound checks were in the afternoon and the performance at night. Bill, however, was on a different schedule than the rest of the band.

"I would sleep during the concerts because I was on the night shift," Bill says. "After the concert, we'd load up, and I'd drive all night to our next stop while the band slept on the bus. I'd stay at different hotels with the other drivers because they were on the same schedule as I was."

The opposing schedules didn't mean that Bill missed out on the experience of being on tour with a rock star. "I got to go to as many concerts as I wanted and had an all-access sort of pass," Bill says. "But it got to the point where you just wanted the concerts to be over. Not because you weren't enjoying the music, but because you wanted to start driving and doing your job again."

The boy with a guitar from small town Indiana had become a full-fledged rock star and everyone wanted a piece of him. An editor from an Indianapolis magazine approached Zach Dunkin and asked him to write a story on Mellencamp. With his success, however, Mellencamp was only giving interviews to big name papers in cities such as Chicago or New York. But Zach gave him a call, and he agreed to do the interview.

"John asked if I was going to make any money on the story," Zach says. "I told him I'd probably make a couple hundred dollars, so he said 'Let's do it.' He thought if he could help me out, he should do it. What he did for me meant a lot, it meant a lot to get the story and I got an interview with John Cougar when no one else could."

After the tour was over, Bill packed up his father's motor home and headed back to Seymour. Not only did he return home with memorabilia that he didn't realize would become valuable -like vintage Aerosmith t-shirts from a music festival, just "stuff laying around when you were working" - but also with Mellencamp's legacy. Bill pitched the idea to the Jackson County Visitors Center of a driving tour of Seymour for fans that came to learn about Mellencamp.

"I wanted to produce something that you could only get when you came to experience Seymour," Bill says. "Not something for sale to just anyone or on the Internet, but something you could only get by coming to see where John grew up."

Working with the Visitors Center, Bill spent 10 years producing "The Roots of an American Rocker: A Driving Tour of Seymour, Indiana." Pop the CD into your car and listen to Mellencamp's family and friends tell you about the different places where he spent his childhood. The guide takes you to 14 different stops, including the schools he attended, and the hospital he was born in.

"John was never on the tape himself, but even after listening to it, I felt something was missing," Bill says. "So I added some of his music in the background, and then it felt complete."

Back in his hometown, Bill went out and bought his own motor home. He is involved in corporate video training, and with friends in the video business as well, has gotten good use out of that motor home. When a friend of his is shooting a commercial in Indianapolis, they'll ask to rent out his motor home as a space for people such as Peyton Manning, Tony Stewart and politicians to rest.

"I've come back around to the point where I'm driving my bus and hanging out with stars, 30 years later."

A few years ago, Bill ran into that same high school friend - the pilot - from the hotel pool again.

"Did you ever do anything more with flying Mellencamp around?" Bill asked him.

"Nah. It was a one-time thing. Did you ever do anything more with it?"

"Nah," Bill said. "It was a once-in-a-lifetime gig."

 on: June 13, 2016, 11:20:31 am 
Started by racketeer - Last post by racketeer
This morning after doing two loads of laundry and cleaning my living room,
having two breakfasts and brewing myself two or three singles of Kahlua coffee,
I went out for another post breakfast and ended up at the library, then walked
over to Senior Citizens and finally figured out how to say what I wanted to express this
morning to the Community Club.
John Mellencamp is the only artist I know of besides Prince who has lyrics that
reflect a way to say what you want to put across and still be appropot.
And let alone in an off Mellencamp discussion!
In the song ''The Melting Pot', a 1991 song on 'Whenever We Wanted To', John
Mellencamp sings about how ""...they like to swoop down and gnaw on your brain...".
in the Melting Pot. Well, I happen to know what he means. However, apparent
to the lingo, I was informed this morning that I was turning this analogy around by
making too many phone calls to those who he refers to as the "p-e-s-t-s"!!!
Of course, I immediately hung up and made a resolution that "...that was it..."!
I mean, there is an explanation...maybe people who follow me in the Club would be happy
to know...I am moving into a modern apartment complex this own apartment.
So this could account for some of my "yoohoo's"
But I immediately thought of "The Melting Pot" and was able to grasp at the words he uses
as a way to express something that happened to me and although I twisted the meaning,
his lyrics are a way to talk about something that happened to me in a way that doesn't
rock the boat...that other people can understand.
Now to go a little further here, the ""...they..." he refers to as those who " to
swoop down and gnaw on your brain..." is just a mild reference to the rut that psychiatric
patients can fall into regarding the system and its possibly relinquishing powers in terms of
independence as we grow into adults...however, for goodness sakes, with hope and persistence, you can get yourself together. I have been in treatment since 1975 when I was only 19...
and I have been very encouraged to live life on my own.
And the one particular song by Prince, called "Let's Go Crazy" is another really good stab
at mental health and "...those shrinks out there in Beverly Hills..."
So I don't know if I'm hitting home here or if this post is not totally on target.
But there's no isn't something that has to be printed.
And I thank you.

 on: June 12, 2016, 06:26:41 pm 
Started by sharonc - Last post by taz7676
Tony, what is the filming for? A DVD?

 on: June 10, 2016, 12:15:02 pm 
Started by sharonc - Last post by taz7676
Glad to know I didn't miss the pit tickets! So I'm actually in the 3rd row...thanks Tony for the info!

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