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John Mellencamp Reviews

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Average customer review: 3.5 star rating (3.3 Stars)

Number of reviews: 102



1.0 star rating Dirk D from Charlotte NC


How could Mellencamp be a bad concert? Let me tell you. Too cheap to have an opening band? Have to watch 30 min of movies from the 50s before he starts anything. Seriously only played 4 songs that were previous hits. Not sure what was going on. Of the 4 songs that were popular , he had the crowd song all of it. Been to a lot of concerts, this was hands down the absolute worst. You could not PAY ME to go to another Mellencamp concert. Buy a ticket you will see. Definition of washed up trash loop

1.0 star rating F. Barely from Fort Lauderdale


Terrible concert! They showed 45 minutes of old movies to start the concert? The guy is over the hill, not worth the time to see.

1.0 star rating Richard L from Sugar Land, TX


Mellencamp's show started out OK, but then after his fourth song he lectured the audience to stop screaming so loudly, "You're not at a bar, " he said. You could feel the excitement leave the venue. His storytelling left a lot to be desired and he came across as a sanctimonious d**k. Sure, he sang his big hits, but he's lucky his band carried him, otherwise they'd have been a bust. If you do go, and need to get a drink, do it right before "Eyes of Portland", unless you like hearing disturbingly judgmental (and likely made up) stories about the homeless and mentally ill. If you need another, do it during his acoustic "Jack & Diane" and listen to the much better radio version on the way home. That way you'll also miss the other lecture about the audience not knowing about verse and chorus. Lastly, I'm willing to chalk up his forgetting his own lyrics several times to his age, but I also can't rule out his being liquored up as a contributing factor. Oh, the acoustics also sucked.

1.0 star rating CW from Seattle, Washington


If there was a choice of ZERO stars, that would be my rating. Weird black and white movies opener, then music that was not nostalgic and stories that put people to sleep. Did not expect such a poor quality show. We left early...could not take anymore.

1.0 star rating Diane from Seattle, Washington


It seemed like his agenda was his causes rather than entertaining us with his music. 30 minutes of old movies to start off the concert was extremely painful to have to sit through. The audience was moaning every time a new one started. His vocals weren't the best and he seems like he didn't want to be there. I believe playing more of his older music would have been positively received by this crowd, I know that's what I was hoping to hear.

1.0 star rating Robert from Fresno, California


The Mellencamp show had to rank in the bottom 3 of all concerts I’ve seen (and I’ve seen a lot)! He talked more than he sang, told (bad) stories more than played music, and when he did play, he did mostly obscure songs and only a few of his hits. Worst than all he was rude to the crowd. Told the audience if we didn’t like it to “leave and get your money back.” Which would’ve been fine if he had the power to reimburse money, but he doesn’t. One women yelled, “Play something we know,” and he told her to “get the eff out!” He was condescending and self-righteous. Maybe someone should remind him that it was those hit songs and his fans that made him. Not his political views and boring tales.

1.0 star rating from Fresno, California


I must say this was the worst concert ever and the dumb lady behind us yapped the whole time. Started out with old movies because Turner movies is sponsoring him I believe. Weird, negative and depressing vibe. YouTube does him justice. Sound was very poor. Also he talked too much he could have used 30 minutes of storytelling and bs to entertain his audience. Sad event! He actually should be ashamed!

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