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 on: August 05, 2017, 11:48:12 pm 
Started by keefergl - Last post by keefergl
Is there any impetus into reproducing some of the old vinyl?  CDs and MP3s are okay but music is analog and not digital... Content is lost in the digitization process.

 on: August 05, 2017, 06:18:43 pm 
Started by MrSickboy50 - Last post by MrSickboy50
I'm helping out a fellow friend and fan who lives in Switzerland. He wants to watch the movie "It's About You" but can't because the DVD coding and whatnot is not compatible with the devices there. To my knowledge, there are no other versions of "It's About You" that can play over in Switzerland, or are there? If there aren't, how would somebody be able to watch the movie in other such countries?  They shouldn't have to miss out! Is there a way the movie can be streamed online or anything of that sort so somebody in a situation like him could watch it? Thank you.

 on: August 02, 2017, 10:34:24 am 
Started by sharonc - Last post by sharonc

Following the highly-successful first leg of the Sad Clowns & Hillbillies 2017 Tour, Mellencamp returns for a second round of Summer dates and will be joined by Special Guest Carlene Carter. Tickets are currently on sale for the last 12 shows, details onthe TOUR page.  Check out some of the fantastic show reviews from the first leg of the summer tour on the home and news page of the site:

JOHN MELLENCAMP SAD CLOWNS & HILLBILLIES 2017 SUMMER TOUR DATES August 04 - West Allis, WI - Wisconsin State Fair  August 05 - Davenport, IA - Mississippi Valley Fair  August 13 - Uncasville, CT - Mohegan Sun Arena  August 14 - Boston, MA - Blue Hills Bank Pavilion  August 19 - Des Moines, IA - Iowa State Fair   August 20 - Springfield, IL - Illinois State Fair  August 26 - Highland Park, IL - Ravinia Festival August 27 - Highland Park, IL - Ravinia Festival  August 29 - St Paul, MN - Minnesota State Fair  August 31 - Allentown, PA - The Great Allentown Fair  September 01 - Essex Junction, VT - Champlain Valley Fair  September 03 - Canfield, OH - Canfield Fair

JOHN'S ROCK & ROLL HALL OF FAME EXHIBIT EXTENDED THROUGH EARLY 2018   The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, located in Cleveland, OH, presents a special exhibit on the life, art and music of 2008 Inductee John Mellencamp. The exhibit, which opened November 10, 2016 in the Ahmet Ertegun Main Exhibition Hall, features over 100 items, including handwritten lyrics, guitars and paintings. “In working closely with John Mellencamp to create this exhibit, it was very clear that he embodies what rock and roll is all about – rebellion, being true to yourself, and, of course, making great music,” says Karen Herman, Vice President of Collections & Curatorial Affairs at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

“I would like this exhibit to let people know, or discover, that I really have spent my entire life living the way that I want to live, and doing what I want to do,” Mellencamp says. “And, that I consider myself the luckiest guy in the world for being able to do that.” Read the complete press release on, which  includes a list of some of the artifacts from John's personal collection contained in the exhibit. Learn more about the exhibit at Watch the preview below.

The exhibit has received rave reviews from Mellencamp fans, put it on your list of must do's before the exhibit ends!

HAVE YOU CHECKED OUT JOHN'S NEWEST VIDEOS? "EASY TARGET & "GRANDVIEW" "Easy Target" is the first song released on John's new record Sad Clowns & Hillbillies and is his reflection on the state of our country. An outspoken artist, Mellencamp continues his journey to convey the truth through this passionate and plain-spoken song.

"Grandview," is a black-and-white video that showcases Mellencamp’s slick delivery with McBride’s powerhouse vocals — both dripping in heartland coolness. “Just an old country boy, wearing my Osh-Kosh boots / Walked by the trailer factory, every day on my way to school / Early on in life the only thing I wanted to do / Was to buy me a trailer and move it down to Grandview,” Mellencamp sings in the opening verse.  Download or stream "Easy Target" & "Grandview"  on all music services now, including iTunes and Spotify. 

Thank you for your continued support!! TonyB & SharonC - The Web Team -

 on: July 28, 2017, 01:34:53 pm 
Started by Rocko - Last post by Rocko

This is a long shot but If anyone who knows John please ask him if he would give a happy birthday shout out to my gf Linda at the Uncasville, CT show on 8/13? She is a lifelong fan of his and his concert is her birthday gift. I love her very much and it would mean alot to her.

Thank you

 on: July 27, 2017, 06:03:53 pm 
Started by hotrod2011 - Last post by hotrod2011
To who it may concern me and my family and pet's r going to be homeless in about 3 day's. So I was hoping if John could help us in this situation we have we live on disability moth to month our current landlord is going to set us out Monday. If we don't have a house I have a young son who is disabled and my mother who is 80 years old and my husband is also disability. Please we r in a 2 hundred years old house with asbestosis and old pilling paint on the inside the house posbily mold and mildew also the crawl space is muddy and nasty. Please John if you can help us we r in 52ELAKEVEIW DRIVE Rossville ga. I have been your rep before a long time ago and friend we don't want to get sick off this stuff and don't want to be homeless.I hope you read this. Your help would be greatly appreciated.

 on: July 27, 2017, 08:03:32 am 
Started by Aeroplane2 - Last post by Aeroplane2
John has sung about Gary, IN in Minutes to Memories ad East Chicago, IN in the song, It All Comes True.  It makes me wonder how he knows about these places to reference them in songs living as he does in southern Indiana.  He's yet to mention Hammond, IN, next to either of those cities. 

It's nice to have any place mentioned in this area of the state that gets so little notice from its capital except to tax it more.

 on: July 27, 2017, 07:53:08 am 
Started by jszfunk - Last post by Aeroplane2
This link is found on Google about John's "Sad Clowns and Hillbillies" tour setlist

 on: July 26, 2017, 08:22:08 pm 
Started by MrSickboy50 - Last post by MrSickboy50
Fuuuuuuck I'm back after like a year or two long hiatus! I already feel quite nostalgic. I can't remember if I had friends here but if I did then did anybody miss me!? *giggling* I left because I was on board in a different forum for a lad from England named Elton John, who stole my heart from John for awhile. Shame on me!

A lot has happened to me since I last posted here; whenever that was! First off, I went to my 3rd John Mellencamp show last October! (Some theater I can't remember the name of LOL) on October 21st, 2016 in Toledo, Ohio. It was INCREDIBLE. For those of you who either don't remember me or don't know me, I'm only 18 so that's why it's only my 3rd show. Believe me, my little tush would've been to at least 50 of John's shows right now had I been born earlier.
Anyways, this concert must've topped all the ones that I attended! First off, I got a brilliant idea from a friend to give John a rose. I had bought VIP tickets and got in the 4th row so I knew he would see me and all. Plus John's shows are very relaxed and chill, so I knew I'd have no issue getting up to the front of the stage. Hell, I'd been front row at all the other Mellencamp shows I saw lol!
I did in fact make it to the front sometime when 75% of the show was completed, and I waited for John to walk over to my side of the stage when he didn't have is guitar in his hands anymore. I think he remembered me. I'm quite often the youngest at his shows and sometimes the most enthusiastic, except for my friend who goes to the shows with me and is also obsessed like I am. I don't know though. But I made it up there and John came up to me and blew me a kiss with a wink!! I felt quite special after that; you know that feeling when you're all-time idol talks to you and you're ready to swoon and fall over? It was like that for me, but a million times more intense. I dare to ask: Who here on this entire forum can actually say they've gotten a kiss blew to them by John Mellencamp!? Ask any of the hundreds of people there. It happened. And I'm glad to say I wasn't dreaming!
And I did give him that rose that I spoke of earlier. I was shy but gave him a weak smile as I handed it to him, and he gave me the cheesiest grin I've ever seen come out of that man's face as he took the rose very kindly from my trembling hands and walked off with it! He put it it in Mike Wanchic's mouth first, then he put it in his suit pocket for the rest of the show! I cried! It was incredible and they made me feel so wonderful. His shows are so personal, it's like having him play in your own living room, I swear.

After that concert, I went to a record store in Toledo. I can't recall what I bought. I think I bought some Elton John LPs and a Warren Zevon CD. But I do remember buying couple of John Mellencamp cassettes. They had them at 50 cents, I'm thinking, "Well fuck, at this low of a price, I might as well buy them all" so I bought every cassette of his there LOL.
Later on a few months later I was able to go to some more record stores. I actually finally made my first trip ever to Indiana! Sadly, I was too far north of Bloomington or Seymour. Either way, I was still in Indiana and I ADORED my trip there. I fell in love with the state instantly- I loved the people there and the whole friendly Hoosier atmosphere. They have great icecream there, by the way. I felt so comfortable and happy and now I understand competently why John wants to live there for the rest of his life. It was happiness like I never experienced it before.
I also went to several record stores while I was there. I was sporting my Mellencamp sweatshirt although sadly nobody seemed to say a word (must be sick of all the outsiders thinking every person living in Indiana is a Mellencamp fan! LMFAO!) But I freaked out at the prices of his records. His is very, very expensive there! They had nearly all of his LPs there for outrageous prices like $35! Now granted, they were new/mint condition but please, I'm poor, I don't have money to spend like that, haha. So I got some of the cheapest things there, but I was still happy to have it because it's the real deal.
I have all of John's music on CDs but it's something very different when you hold an actual record. I come from a time when records and cassettes didn't "exist" so to speak, so it was awfully new and incredible for me to experience his music on a record. It sounded very different, but very pleasant on vinyl! I enjoyed all those crackles and pops, it made me feel like I was going back in time to the 80s when John was very huge and still so young. I only have his music and a couple of pictures/videos to help me picture what those times were like! I was like a kid in a candy store when I picked out those records and brought them home. They can be happy knowing that they won't be tossed out ever again as their new owner will always love them- there's always a Mellencamp tune playing in my room!

Before I conclude this, I also want to mention that last month I went to another record store and came across some John Mellencamp tour books there! Decent prices too, all $13! I can't remember which tour books there were. I know one of them was from 1999, the Rural Electrification Tour. I should've flippin' gotten it since 1999 is my birth year but I don't know why I didn't! Chances are, it's still probably there so next time I go back I'll be sure to get it. I don't know what the other tour book(s) were. I just remember being completely shocked because that stuff is slightly rare, and these were in excellent condition. I couldn't believe my own local record store had them. I'll be back for sure to pick up my babies lol!!

Lastly, I finally took note of all of his music that I bought these past few months to help my collection grow:

Kid Inside
Whenever We Wanted
Dance Naked
Mr. Happy Go Lucky
John Mellencamp

Rain On The Scarecrow/Pretty Ballerina
Crumblin' Down/Golden Gates

John Cougar
Nothin' Matters And What If It Did

 on: July 25, 2017, 10:07:27 am 
Started by jszfunk - Last post by jszfunk
Hello.  New to the community here. I am going next month to see John
at the Illinois State fair and I just have a few questions about
his show and etc.  The last time I saw him was about 20yrs ago.

Does he rotate his set list for the tour or mix in different songs,
or is it all pretty standard show to show?  

Will he have an opening act for all of his shows? I was not sure if
it would depend on the venues like a state fair vs an arena/amphitheater.


 on: July 21, 2017, 10:50:27 am 
Started by MrSickboy50 - Last post by Aeroplane2
Speaking of John's self-titled album, I believe that is probably one of his least recognized but most artistic CD's, all the loops and musical influences are amazing!

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