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 on: May 21, 2015, 10:09:09 pm 
Started by khmellencamp - Last post by MrSickboy50
Hey I'm lookin' for Detroit tickets too Smiley If I see a really good one that I don't need, I'll letcha know! Can't wait if I go see him, it's going to be my first time and I'm only 15 Cheesy

 on: May 19, 2015, 07:22:20 pm 
Started by MrSickboy50 - Last post by MrSickboy50
I know exactly what you mean my suspicious... lol I really AM a 15 year old girl though. I'm an old soul, so I really connect with older music and I talk to people who are more mature like me. That's probably why I love John so much. He's just real, honest, and wise. And it doesn't hurt that he's pretty good-looking either haha!
And the concert- I talked to my mom a few days ago and she said she can probably scrape up a few bucks to let me go. YAY! I saved up my own money as well. I'm SO SO SO SO SO excited. Have you ever seen a little girl scream over a brand new toy that she got for their birthday? That's exactly how I'll act when I go and see John Mellencamp. Oh my gosh. It's going to be LEGENDARY. (I'm a little TOO excited right now lol)
As for Bob Seger, well- Bob Seger is my #1 favorite artist (John is very close at #2) however since I live in Michigan like Bob, I've got LOTS of connections with him. I met his band members and here's the catch- they recognized me for being such a huge fan! All his band members knew my name... it was GREAT! And I gave them all hugs. It was the coolest moment of my life. I met Alto Reed, can you believe how cool that is? I even met his wife. Oh and even though I did not meet Bob Seger, he actually gave me his autograph. See, I'm friends with Bob Seger's housekeeper, and she was telling Bob Seger AND his family all about how much of a huge fan I am. He thought I was cute and signed a poster for me, and his housekeeper met me at one of the concerts and gave it to me! I CRIED FOR DAYS! I have even went to his house twice. It's so big an beautiful. Can't give out nothin' personal though, I'm like good friends with the people who work for him. (Hard to believe I'm only 15, I swear I'm telling the truth though!)
Anywho... that's pretty much all I gotta say. I have connections, connections, and more connections.  I wish I knew people who knew John Mellencamp. THAT. WOULD. BE... Well, you know... AWESOME!!!!!

 on: May 12, 2015, 08:51:29 pm 
Started by sharonc - Last post by Sk8ingMellenhead
I hear you. Previously unreleased songs made available are really great collector's items. They're extra special. Previously released songs don't have that "new" excitement as unreleased ones do, but at the same time, as a collector there is something neat about getting that RSD item regardless....well if you can find it! Wink

 on: May 12, 2015, 11:31:44 am 
Started by youngstown - Last post by youngstown
So, is he going to play in Youngstown, Ohio?

From interview posted December 7, 2013:

I want to play places I havent played since the 1980s. I want to go to Hays, Kan. and Youngstown, Ohio. In the 1990s I kept playing these same fin sheds and arenas. It was a drag. Id walk in and realize Id been in the dressing room fifty times before.

 on: May 12, 2015, 11:19:29 am 
Started by sharonc - Last post by youngstown
Cool that he participates. I'd rather have a couple of previously unreleased songs made available on record store day though.
Previously released songs on vinyl are not very interesting to me.

 on: May 11, 2015, 01:21:07 pm 
Started by walktall2010 - Last post by Sk8ingMellenhead
Great photo!  Grin I can't wait to see John again at the end of May. Glad to hear he looked happy.
Can you believe the audience and the issues they're having with "Jack and Diane". At his Chicago Theatre show (2nd night), after the first verse, the audience started the chorus. Seems to be happening everywhere!

 on: May 11, 2015, 10:47:13 am 
Started by sharonc - Last post by Sk8ingMellenhead
I personally LOVE the fact that John participates and really believes in Record Store Day. He is so right about how the retail experience is as important as the music. Record stores are special places and there aren't many anymore. He's right, music truly is celebrated at record stores, resale shops are some of the best places to find music being celebrated because of the extensive vinyl selections as well as CDs and the passionate people who work there. It's evident that they love music and most people working at those stores are rather knowledgeable too.

 on: May 09, 2015, 09:37:49 pm 
Started by walktall2010 - Last post by sheilafarmer
Thanks Walktall, I was at the that show last night and I have to say, John was awesome last night.  He looked good and sounded awesome! He was dancing and joking around with the audience. He looked really happy. My husband and I had an awesome time.
Rock on John!
Here is a picture from last night's show

 on: May 09, 2015, 07:32:38 pm 
Started by lette - Last post by Mellenfan71
the only thing good i can say is im glad he got away from meg.

 Roll Eyes Roll Eyes

 on: May 09, 2015, 12:09:23 pm 
Started by walktall2010 - Last post by walktall2010
Apparently, 2,800 John Mellencamp fans don't even know how his biggest hit goes (review)
By Chris Baker

Apparently, even 2,800 of John Mellencamp's most loyal fans don't know how his biggest hit goes.

As the Heartland rocker strummed the opening chords to "Jack & Diane," early in his two-hour set Friday night, the sold-out crowd at the Landmark Theatre roared along, eagerly singing every word. After his first verse, they collectively belted, "Oh yeah, life goes on, long after the thrill of living is gone!"

Mellencamp stopped the song and chuckled.

"Songs generally have two verses then a chorus," Mellencamp explained, patiently. "You guys are jumping ahead and singing the chorus. So we'll do the second verse then I'll cue you."

The crowd loved it. Clearly it wasn't the first time an audience had jumped the gun. Mellencamp played on, seemingly amused and wholly unfazed.

So went the evening, with Mellencamp playing a bit, then giving the crowd advice or sharing stories and words of wisdom. He outlined his set early on: "We're going to do some songs you know, some you don't know. Some you can sing along to and some you can dance to."

The crowd echoed Mellencamp's crispy folk-rock voice on old favorites like "Small Town" and "Pink Houses." They sat listening while he played newer tunes like "Longest Days." They boomed during an energetic fiddle/accordion duet. And they danced when it came time for "Crumblin' Down."

The evening provided a melting pot of rock, folk, country, patriotism and protest you'd be hard-pressed to find in a younger generation of rock 'n roll. A guest appearance by opener Carlene Carter (daughter of June) sprinkled in some angelic female vocals.

Mellencamp's band wore matching black and white suits. The guitarists played red, over-sized hollow bodies. A handful of yellow and blue lights shrouded the minimalist set in subdued light. At first glance, you might have thought it was a scene from the Enchantment Under the Sea dance.
But that seemed to be the vibe Mellencamp was going for -- a middle-America barn dance from a bygone era of good ol' rock 'n roll. You know, when a sport was a sport and groovin' was groovin'. The tour, after all, is dubbed "Plain Spoken" after an upcoming album of the same name.

And that's exactly what it was. John Mellencamp: Plain-spoken and simple, like good ol' rock 'n roll.

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