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 21 
 on: June 12, 2018, 04:31:15 am 
Started by edhead - Last post by Swell67
It seems you and I are travelling around the world to see him. Some of you first timers like me. How many shows are you going to? Did you know October 7 is his birthday and there is a show on that day?

Syl

 22 
 on: June 10, 2018, 11:34:04 pm 
Started by MrSickboy50 - Last post by MrSickboy50
I'm flipping out!!!! Today marks 3 years since I've seen the legendary John Mellencamp live. It was June 10th, 2015 and it was my first EVER Mellencamp show. I was only 15! Now I'm turning 19, I already feel so ancient as if time passed in the blink of an eye... LOL. But I know I'm going to be a fan until I'm a 100 years old, or at least 77 with God as my witness... Wink
But nothing is more important to me than my life's experiences and precious memories. I adore to look back and reflect upon some of the amazing things that I have accomplished seeing this man live 3 times. I am so proud to say that at all 3 shows, I have landed in the front row! There were amazing wishes that came true at each show. Just the first night alone, John spoke to me and I touched his hand 3 times! Now I must've shaken his hand at least 10 times, which to me is just MIND BLOWING. Like, how much more lucky can a person get? Well, I tell you how!
The last time I saw him live, I had a rose for him, and I was anticipating the following moment for years. I mustered the courage to step forward and hand it to him, which to my surprise, he leaped right in and took it gracefully from my hand. A part of my heart exploded after that, lmao! But then he was so kind enough to wink at me, and the moments later, he pointed at me and blew me a kiss! As a girl who's never even been kissed before, that was the closest thing I've ever experienced and I started to fall backwards from feeling in love! Shocked It was ASTONISHING. The people behind me gasped and held me up because my knees were giving out before me. But I didn't care, I just had the best thing happen to me right then and there.

The fact that this is my 3 year anniversary since the best days of my life occurred, this is a very special day for me. Forgive me if I've already mentioned this here (I don't go on here much), but several months ago I was in the hospital because I tried to kill myself. There was something very wrong with me and I just didn't know what. My emotions were all over the place, and I was throwing myself on the floor, hitting and inflicting severe pain on myself because I was so depressed. There was no reason for me to be depressed, because so many incredible things have happened to me, as expressed above. I didn't understand why I felt like I should die, and tried to successfully reach that point.
I went to a mental hospital for a week, where they evaluated me and controlled my every move. Since I was 18, I was amongst many other adults, but it was still uncomfortable because I was so young in relation to their ages. I was so scared, nobody was there to comfort me or love me. There were no cellphones, no comfy beds or recliners, you could only wear up to 3 outfits, you couldn't be alone in one room, you had to sleep with the lights on, you could only eat the meals they provided, you HAD to take your medication or they'd force you with injections, and the list goes on and on. It was so horrible for me because I was always cold all the time, and they wouldn't let me have my own blanket!! I also have an eating disorder and when I tried to tell them that I needed someone else to bring me my own food because I was unable to eat the food they had there, they thought I was LYING and forced me to sit down in their cafeteria. I didn't eat more than one meal a day, I was so scared and defeated.
One of the nights there, I found a room where nobody was watching one of the TVs. I asked the nurses if I could have the remote, and then I changed it to the music channel. I put on classic rock. And I waited, and waited. I just wanted to feel something inside other than pain and fear. I was so lonely, so afraid, I can't even express it in words here. All of a sudden, Jack and Diane came on the TV, and I never felt so emotional in my life. Let's be honest here, most "diehard" Mellencamp fans are sick of hearing that song and most of his other hits on and on. We want the deep tracks, the side of John that nobody else really knows. I was no different, I never really played this song and I didn't have much of a care for it. But when you're quite literally here dying at a hospital, and your chance to listen to music is highly limited, you start to realize how much you've taken things for grated. I never realized how much I loved John and his music until that song came on. No doubt I bawled my eyes out, just sobbing and sobbing so far down into the chair so nobody would see my face. But I was so in tuned to the music, it became a part of my body, my mind, and my soul. At that moment in time, all I could think about was love, what it meant, and what it has done for me. Love made me a Mellencamp fan, love brought me to his shows, love created John his career and love is what he gives to his fans... and as I was sitting there on that cold and lonely hospital chair, love is exactly what I needed most of all.
When I look back at that moment, I can't help but feel shivers down my spine. The hospital frightens me. People concern me. Death haunts me. But I still move on, even after such a tragic time. I am Bipolar, which now explains my random, severe depression, and I'm making progress now with treatment. Though I can't help but go back and ponder what life means to me. I always wondered what I was going to do with myself. But now, it is very apparent to me, and clearer than daylight. I have learned something very crucial from John in my weakest moments. To give love and share it with all is why I'm here, and is what I'll always do here and on out. I never, ever want to see another person go through the same thing I did. Nobody would need to go though such pain if all they felt was a little bit of love. Whether is love as deep as the hospital walls, or love as sweet as a kiss at a concert, love is all we need.

And to think how this all started 3 years ago is unimaginable.

 23 
 on: June 08, 2018, 09:39:24 pm 
Started by adojamesjess - Last post by skrivel
OBITUARY

Justin Skylar Krivel
JULY 9, 1998 Ė FEBRUARY 14, 2018

Obituary of Justin Skylar KrivelPLAY TRIBUTE MOVIE
Justin Skylar Krivel 19 of Tucson passed away on February 14th 2018. Justin was born in Flagstaff AZ on July 9th 1998. Justin graduated Sahuaro High School in 2016. He was a musical portage, he played the clarinet, oboe, saxophone, and guitar. Justin is survived by his Mother Tawnya I. Freeman Step-father Curtis D. Freeman, Father Spencer B. Krivel, Sister Madeline R. Krivel, Girlfriend Sydney Jones, and numerous family members. Justin had a fond love of animals and was known to try and save every stray dog he found. Hey JM this was my boy. If you could find in your heart to paint him- I would be so grateful. Well then there now.

 24 
 on: June 08, 2018, 07:12:10 pm 
Started by racketeer - Last post by racketeer
I have the right to address the fellow members of the Community. I am as much an "all the time" thorn in the rose of "reality", as it goes, but I do feel a part. of everything. In the years 1978-1981,  I lived in New York City, the hub at the time of advanced human services. I was working full-time as a receptionist for a citywide public policy firm. On my birthday, although everyone else working in that agency had a party held for them, I got a rose in a vase... activist in dance and art as I later was able to script conversations
in lyrics and photography, painting "color by numbers" and "fly by night!"😗
Well...that was the year johncougarmellon hung out at the
Art Students League. So did my roommate at the residential program I attended...
Trailing behind, of course, but apparently semifunked...I was chatty this evening and I do not feel that my post should be conferred and passed over...it is typically my way to communicate and I feel I have an audience in this Community...Club. My postings were deleted by the mistaken reference to my prior site and now I have to start all over again.
Everyone.



 25 
 on: June 08, 2018, 03:50:44 am 
Started by UlfBo - Last post by jacqui
I too would love to see John  in Europe, I have never had the chance to see him yet, as the last time he was in Ireland I was on a business trip that I couldn't get out of. 

 26 
 on: June 07, 2018, 03:10:20 pm 
Started by sharonc - Last post by sharonc
https://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/rock/8459461/john-mellencamp-songwriters-hall-of-fame-induction-interview?utm_source=twitter&

John Mellencamp holds a distinct station among chroniclers of the modern American experience. As has been borne out in nearly four decades of songs, more than 20 of them top 40 hits on the Billboard Hot 100, the lexicon of his story telling is that of the farmer, the small town purveyor, the boundless spaces sprawled between the headlines. But donít expect him to expound much on that ethos, or even take credit for his role in giving voice to topics that have inspired all stripes of social activism, including Farm Aid.

As the Grammy winner, member of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and ASCAP Founders Award honoree prepares to be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame on June 14, he tells Billboard his songs always choose him, and heís more convinced than ever the barometer he continues to hold up on new album Sad Clowns & Hillbillies is misunderstood by the majority of his audience.


John Mellencamp, Jermaine Dupri, Alan Jackson Lead 2018 Songwriters Hall of Fame Class
When you were inducted into the Rock Hall I was taken with your comments about your role as the guy who just keeps pushing the boulder back up the hill.
Yes, I do see myself as Sisyphus.

Youíve said many of your songs are more relevant now than they were when you wrote them. How did you have the insight to write, say, a ďJack and DianeĒ when you were in your early twenties? 
If you write about the smallest common denominators of life, they will always be relevant.

Your songwriting has always shined with vivid storytelling. From where are you drawing current inspiration? 
Starting in 1985, I relinquished listening to myself and what I wanted to write about. I am open and do not try to direct the topic or the spirit of any song I write.

Do you feel your lyrics are truly heard and understood by your audience?
No, I do not feel they are understood by the majority of the audience. You would think with 7.5 billion people in the world, one person would take the time to sit down and listen to the words of my songs and read between the lines. 



For your latest album Sad Clowns & Hillbillies you teamed with Carlene Carter. What was that experience like?
Carlene Carter and I have a wonderful working relationship. Itís like writing with my sister. Itís like performing with my sister.

The new album seems at its core to be about a spectrum of struggles. Can you share the songwriting process this time around?
I do not pick what I write about. It picks me. Iíve never sat down to write a song about struggle, or happiness or love. I only write what is sent to me.

When you guested on The Late Show in February you took a knee during your performance of ďEasy Target.Ē What was the significance of that moment for you?
Iíve never planned anything in my life. Taking a knee felt like nothing. At the time, it felt like part of the performance. After the fact, I hope it made some kind of difference.

 27 
 on: June 05, 2018, 05:22:04 am 
Started by omantle - Last post by Swell67
going to a few shows - very excited! Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy

 28 
 on: June 05, 2018, 05:20:17 am 
Started by Swell67 - Last post by Swell67
Thanks for your rely - I managed to get tickets to all the shows I anted -  so excited. Hope yo see you there! Syl

 29 
 on: June 03, 2018, 08:28:20 am 
Started by Swell67 - Last post by Meert
I bought a ticket for Abbotsford through ticketmaster without any problems,  I am living in Europe.
What problems do you have with ticketmaster?

 30 
 on: June 02, 2018, 10:22:53 pm 
Started by Swell67 - Last post by Swell67
Hi I syl and am based in Australia.
I am coming to Canada to see some of John's shows  - have been able to book 2 that used a different booking site ottowa and oshawa, but was really wanting to go to Kingston or St Catherine's [or both]  -  as i'm coming such a loooong way. Smiley

Is anyone able to help - I have tried the ticketmaster site but it is only allowing Canadian and US bookings

Happy to transfer $$ into bank accounts

Strange ask, but it is worth a shot
thanks for your time Syl

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