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John Mellencamp in Concert

John Mellencamp has been bringing his brand of American heartland rock to fans since the late '70s, when his raw, rootsy sound set him apart from the arena rockers in vogue at the time. The Midwestern twang that adds to his signature vocal style also informs his songs, as he details the ups and downs of the everyday working folks he grew up among. The rough-and-ready roots-rock sound he perfected on milestone '80s albums like ‘American Fool’ and ‘Scarecrow’ has remained a crucial touchstone for Mellencamp's concerts, regardless of where he falls in the roots–rock spectrum at any given phase. And when he delivers classics like "Jack & Diane," "Pink Houses," "Small Town," or "Hurts So Good," he digs deep for a gritty, from-the-gut delivery that connects with his audiences in an immediate, visceral way. From his 2017 Sad Clowns and Hillbillies tour with guests Emmylou Harris and Carlene Carter to his 2018 Other People's Stuff tour, Mellencamp's latter-day outings have shown that the veteran road dog only gets tougher and more determined.

John Mellencamp Background

John Mellencamp was born in Indiana in 1951, and worked with a series of bands throughout his teens, but in the mid '70s he managed to hook up with David Bowie manager Tony DeFries, which led to his first record deal, under the name Johnny Cougar. He scored his first hit, the rocking "I Need a Lover," in 1979, but it was his 1982 album ‘American Fool’ that really broke him through to the big time. The massive hits "Jack & Diane" and "Hurts So Good" made him a bona fide rock star. On subsequent '80s albums like ‘Uh-huh’ and ‘Scarecrow,’ Mellencamp (finally working under his own surname) developed the sharp, sociopolitical side of his lyrical sensibilities. On songs like "Pink Houses," "Small Town," and "Scarecrow," he sang of and for the working people who are the heart and soul of America, and Mellencamp became an American icon in the process. But despite his Grammy award, his mega-Platinum record sales, and his Rock and Roll Hall of Fame membership, Mellencamp has never lost sight of the people who put him where he is, and they're still the focus of his music.


Rating: 4.2 out of 5 based on 3713 reviews
  • Rating: 1 out of 5

    Don't even bother

    by cdpcaca on 12/12/23

    Saw this show in Memphis. Worst concert I've ever seen. Apparently, they didn't get there in time for the sound check because it was 20 minutes into the show before the sound was correct. 1st 20 minutes was a black and white movie where he compares himself to the film noir heros of the past and tells you what an artist he is. People were booing before the show actually started. Plus, I'm guessing he has a piece of nicotine gum in his mouth the the entire show. Listen to your old albums and avoid this money grab

  • Rating: 1 out of 5

    Walked Out

    by Mark on 11/8/23

    Only show I ever walked out on. After fans started booing at his 20 minute black and white movie clip intro, he finally came out said i guess you should have went to a bar instead. Multiple other examples where he seems to enjoy ticking off the crowd. Haven’t listened to him since. Did some research, he does this often. I’m mad I gave him my money, save yours.

  • Rating: 5 out of 5

    Top Notch Performer

    by nymellenhead on 10/13/23Beacon Theatre - New York

    John Mellencamp brings it every time! For 45 years I have been going to shows and he leaves it all on the stage...every time!

  • Rating: 5 out of 5

    What a show!

    by C on 6/28/23

    I've always valued John Mellencamp's commitment to his vision, art, and humanity. I view criticism of artists, bands, and films as "herd ignorance" of art in general. Just because you're a fan of something, doesn't mean you own it. If you go to hear "just the hits" don't expect to be catered to, no matter what your ticket cost. If you don't understand it or don't like it, you aren't required to. Artists don't work for you. Some don't even work for themselves. They work for their art, and it can be a cruel master. Yes, Artists become successful because people connect to their art, but all that Musicians really owe people is: Genuine commitment to their craft and their best effort at live gigs. My favorite J.M. album is one most never heard of, so I know I won't hear all I want. Unfortunately for me, I didn't hear any of what I wanted because the SOLD-OUT Albany show was cancelled ONE day before. Of course I'm very disappointed, and it should have been re-scheduled. Crowded House re-scheduled for a year later, and are from a different hemisphere... I also lost $ on a hotel room I booked for the Albany show, due to the late cancellation. If it was for health or unavoidable, ok. If it was ego based with no re-schedule, that's just poor. An explanation should have been given at the very least. If you read this far and you're laughing at my misfortune, then back to the herd moron...

  • Rating: 5 out of 5


    by Dschoenb on 6/24/23DPAC - Durham Performing Arts Center - Durham

    Incredible performance, we had been to DPAC many times, but never for a concert. The venue was great. He was amazing!

  • Rating: 5 out of 5

    Exactly as I remembered

    by S_Ellison on 6/23/23Shea's Performing Arts Center - Buffalo

    Mellencamp was fantastic! Venue was amazing. A great performance. Thank you, John, for sharing your favourite movies and how they influenced you and your music.

  • Rating: 1 out of 5

    Horrible venue…sound was so distorted!

    by KR on 6/22/23Landmark Theatre - Syracuse

    The sound system was horrible…the show consisted of a “movie” for the first 30 minutes!!!!! Never again!!!!

  • Rating: 3 out of 5

    It was ok

    by Scarecrow Fan on 6/21/23Shea's Performing Arts Center - Buffalo

    First of all, i just want to say that I love John Mellencamp and he put on a great show! My complaints were that the music was just way too loud for such a small venue, which totally drown out his singing, which was very disappointing and my other complaint is that the seats were so close together that my knees were smashed up against the seat in front of me, which was really uncomfortable. Other than that, it was a great show. I loved that he did a couple songs acoustically and had the crowd sing along too.

  • Rating: 2 out of 5


    by Mick1215 on 6/21/23Shea's Performing Arts Center - Buffalo

    Concert started 45 minutes late due to unrelenting clips of old movies. The sound system was too loud for the venue, therefore the music sounded terrible.

  • Rating: 5 out of 5

    Fantastic Show

    by Southbound on 6/21/23Boch Center Wang Theatre - Boston

    The Wang Theatre is absolutely beautiful, the staff was very helpful and friendly, and the seats were very comfortable for the few time that I sat down during the show. John Mellencamp gave a fantastic performance. He skillfully interwove both his old and new material allowing me to enjoy my favorite songs and also teaching me important lessons about the world I live in and how I can make it better. He has the energy of a man half his age and he shows no signs of slowing down. I have seen him live many times and this show was one of the best ones yet. It was an absolutely magical evening.