John Mellencamp Sets Out On Plain Spoken Tour First Leg of Tour Kicks Off
After kicking off his Plain Spoken Tour with sold out shows in South Bend, IN, Louisville, Cincinnati and two nights at Nashville’s historic Ryman Theatre, John Mellencamp will crisscross North America for a total of 80 shows, hitting his hometown of Bloomington, as well as Chicago, Los Angeles, four nights in New York, and multiple dates across Canada. The tour, produced by AEG Live, will continue through August and features special guest Carlene Carter. Tickets and VIP packages for the “Voice of the Heartland’s” 2015 tour are selling out quick – fans can purchase available tickets for the Plain Spoken Tour at JohnMellencamp.com.
Accolades for the tour’s opening night are already pouring in: “For this opening-night performance, both Mellencamp and Carter came out confident and purposeful, ready for the 79 dates ahead to mine the roots of American music and investigate what it means to live and die.” South Bend Tribune
“Friday night at a sold-out Louisville Palace, the 63-year-old Mellencamp had his share of fun — he’s always been a consummate showman — but there was an underlying richness to his set that was far more impressive.” Louisville Courier-Journal
“John Mellencamp’s sold-out Plain Spoken Tour stop at the Aronoff Center for the Arts in Cincinnati felt more like 3,300 old friends getting back together rather than 3,300 strangers meeting for a night of music–that’s the effect of Mellencamp’s music. It feels good and familiar, like going back home after being away for years; and Saturday night, it felt damn good to all that attended.” Out of the Blue
The Rock And Roll Hall of Famer and Grammy Award winner released Plain Spoken September 23, one of the most lauded records of his career, to rave reviews. Fans will receive a digital download of Plain Spoken with their ticket purchase.
Praise for Plain Spoken:
“Folk-rock and philosophy are the making’s of John Mellencamp’s new album, Plain Spoken. The music looks back towards Bob Dylan’s “Blood On The Tracks, with strummed guitars, and brushes on the drums and neck-rack harmonica, and the words ponder trouble, power, love, God, freedom, and mortality – the concerns of a songwriter acting his age.” New York Times
“Rugged, rural and packed with an aging rocker’s gimmick-free reflections on life and hope Plain Spoken is the first album in Mellencamp’s “lifetime contract” with Republic. The stark, soul- baring lead single, “Troubled Man” like the rest of the album, follows the acoustic path of Mellencamp’s last two project’s 2010’s No Better Than This and 2008’s Life, Death Love and Freedom.” BILLBOARD
“Hemingway-esque” Philadelphia Inquirer
PLAIN SPOKEN TOUR CALIFORNIA DATES
- July 23 Fresno, CA: William Saroyan Theatre
- July 25 Oakland, CA: Oakland Paramount Theatre of the Arts
- July 26 Sacramento, CA: Sacramento Community Theatre
- July 28 Los Angeles, CA Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE
Mellencamp’s career in music, spanning more than 35 years, has seen him transition from pop star to one of the most highly regarded songwriters of a generation. The Voice of The Heartland continues to evolve artistically with Plain Spoken—the first new music from the artist since 2010’s critically acclaimed No Better Than This. Plain Spoken is John’s 22nd full length album. Mellencamp is incredibly acclaimed. He is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, a Grammy winner, a recipient of the John Steinbeck Award, ASCAP Foundation’s Champion Award, The Woody Guthrie Award, and Americana Music Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award. He is also one of the most successful live concert performers in the world. The social activism reflected in his songs helped catalyze Farm Aid, the concert series and organization that has addressed the struggle of American family farmers for more than 25 years. The unique instrumentation of his band and his poignant songs about everyday life in the American heartland, are widely credited with being the forbearer of the Americana/No Depression genre of rural-inflected music. The Ghost Brothers of Darkland County is a musical with music and lyrics by John Mellencamp, a libretto by author Stephen King and production by T Bone Burnett. This extraordinary collaboration 16 years in the making is a haunting tale of fraternal love, lust, jealousy and revenge, performed by an ensemble cast of 15 actors and a four-piece live band, comprised of members of John Mellencamp’s band. The Musical is currently on tour in North America. An 80-city tour in North American and Canada begins in January 2015. His final performance held in Indianapolis at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse on August 4th will benefit the Riley Children’s Foundation, which supports Riley Hospital for Children (rileykids.org). Also an accomplished painter, his one-man show The Paintings of John Mellencamp is currently on view at Morris Museum of Art in Augusta, GA from January 17 to April 12, 2015.