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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

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4.0 star rating Eng Headson from Baltimore, Maryland

MELLENCAMP @ BALTIMORE

Music was good. Venue and mix acoustics left something to be desired. 25 min biopic was a waste of time.

4.0 star rating from Providence, Rhode Island

GREAT SHOW AT A GREAT VENUE

Overall great show. A mixture of old and new. Only negative was no encore. Don’t bands do that anymore? PPAC is always awesome to see an event, there are no bad seats. I would definitely see Mellencamp again.

4.0 star rating Lee Hagwood from Charlotte, North Carolina

MELLENCAMP IN CHARLOTTE

I have loved John Mellencamp since I was a teenager and still love his music. At 68 it’s impressive that he is still touring. With that being said, it will be the last time I spend mo eh to see him. Why? Let me put it this way....one week before seeing Mellencamp, I went to see Eric Church....there is a huge difference in the feeling I got between the two shows. Eric Church looks as if he is having fun performing and interacts with fans and is just down right enjoyable to watch. Mellencamp? Not so much. To me, it seems as if it’s a job, Yes I k ownit really is his job and that’s fine but I just didn’t like the feeling I got. We were in the 6th row somI was able to watch him closely. I’m glad he didn’t discuss politics as he and I are on different ends of the spectrum in that regard. I didnt appreciate that after his song about injustice, he kneeled. It’s his prerogative and I get it, Injust didn’t appreciate it. Do I love his music? Absolutely! Good show not a great show.

4.0 star rating Emelia from Portland, Oregon

46 YR OLD

Great show! Crowd was annoying, glad he shut them up. We paid good money to hear him play, not the loud clapper (off beat) in front of us. Respect is elementary. Respect the artist & respect the fact everyone paid to see him perform. Leave your gas/ farting to the lobby/ restroom. He is 71 doing what most of you can’t at 50. Flew from MSP to PDX to see a living legend and we are grateful for the opp. he has a heart and cares about his talent & ppl. So nice to see from someone who makes so much $$$ Tickets were a gift to my Mom who also grew up in a small town♥️🙏🏾

4.0 star rating Jay Cee from Chicago, Illinois

DON'T EXPECT A HIT PARADE, BUT GOOD THOUGHTFUL SHOW

It's Mellencamp's show, and if you don't like it, you can leave. I (and most of the audience) could have done without the 30 minute video intro filled with black and white movie clips, but it does provide a setting of who Mellencamp wanted to be. Mellencamp arrives with a cigarette in his mouth and a raspy voice under a backdrop of a 20's speakeasy. He warns you that the show might get political, will not be a hit parade concert, and might have some slow songs. The band was (of course) top notch, esp the drummer. Mellencamp skipped the arena bombast sound of R.O.C.K. and "I need a lover". He had his trademark fiddle/accordion sound, churning slightly reworked versions of many of his hits designed for mid-sized venues. He delivered a few new songs with semi-rambling stories and irascible social commentary. Dancing? Well, he's like 73, so not much. His voice was relatively capable and in tune but a bit age-slurred. The high notes were ably covered by the band members.

4.0 star rating Will from St. Louis, MO

CLEARLY, APPRECIATION FOR CREATIVITY IS DYING

I don’t know what show people here watched, but I thought it was a refreshing change. Lots of classics, some new stuff, a really interesting stage setup, and he started the show with older films which contributed to his song writing and concepts. It was really cool seeing where some of the lyrics of his songs come from. Mellencamp is more of an icon than I gave him credit for, and he is definitely not afraid to try something new. I’m surprised by how much I enjoyed the show. My only criticism is that sometimes the arrangements adjusted the song’s tempo a bit, and kind of changed the song. But honestly, that’s a minor quibble.

4.0 star rating Tammy Leigh from Cincinnati, Ohio

JOHN GAVE US WHAT WE CAME FOR

I agree the film intro was too long, even though the clips gave you insight into John's inspiration and were pretty cool on their own. However - Once he started playing we heard hit after hit after hit. Two of my favorites were Paper and Fire and Crumblin' Down. He did not disappoint. I was on my feet dancing for all but 3 of the slower tunes. So much fun to revisit so much music from my generation! Hearing Joann Woodward read one of his songs added another dimension to the show. I thought it was great. Thank you, John! (And the band was fantastic too.)

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