Oh oh oh you HAVE TO GO
you will NOT be disappointed!!!!! I will give you the lowdown!
So I saw John live for the first time last year in Detroit, Michigan (I'm only 16). The show is INCREDIBLY intimate
. He's playing in little theaters and auditoriums so it's smaller and more personal. That's what makes it better! I was in the 4th row but I was fortunate enough to sneak into the CENTER of the FRONT row. Right in front of John's microphone. He is so kind and fun to his fans- he touches hands with nearly everyone in the front row (he touched my hands 3 times, dance with me, and even spoke to me). So if you're a diehard fan like me, you literally cannot resist
his shows. It doesn't even seem like Mellencamp is 64. The only thing that gives it away is his looks, but he still looks good!
As for his voice and the music- it's still really, really catchy. His voice is a lot raspier now so if you're expecting the John Cougar days you won't exactly get it. Just look up videos of recent shows to get the jist of it. He's older, more mature, but it's far from worse. It's a rock show for crying out loud, how bad can it be?
You won't be able to stop dancing
once the music starts.
I have a copy of the setlist he did last year. He did a lot of new songs on his new album, and a lot of old ones too. He even remixed a few but they sound way, way better (after 30+ years of playing the same song, it's time for a change lol!)
1.) Lawless Times (opener song)
2.) Troubled Man
3.) Minutes to Memories
4.) Small Town
5.) Stones in My Passway (Robert Johnson cover)
6.) Human Wheels
7.) The Isolation of Mister
8.) Check It Out
9.) Longest Days
10.) Jack and Diane
11.) The Full Catastrophe (remixed with just piano)
12.) Away From This World (Ghost Brothers of Darkland County)
13.) Tear This Cabin Down (Ghost Brothers of Darkland County)
14.) Overture (just the band, a break for John lol)
15.) Rain On The Scarecrow
16.) Paper In Fire
17.) If I Die Sudden
18.) Crumblin' Down
19.) Authority Song
20.) Pink Houses
(Band introduction squeezed in here)
21.) Cherry Bomb (last song)