John Mellencamp Sets Out On Plain Spoken Tour – First Leg of Tour Kicks Off

New York, NY (January 28, 2015) – 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 makings 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 DATES

January 30           Columbus, OH                       Mershon Auditorium
January 31            Cleveland, OH                        Playhouse Square – Palace Theatre
February 3-4        Bloomington, IN                    Indiana University Auditorium
February 9            Green Bay, WI                        Weidner Center
February 11-12     Minneapolis, MN                   Northrop Auditorium
February 14          Kansas City, MO                     Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland
February 15          Des Moines, IA                        Des Moines Civic Center
February 17-18     Chicago, IL                              Chicago Theatre
March 5                 San Antonio, TX                     Tobin Center For The Performing Arts
March 7                 Dallas, TX                                McFarlin Memorial Auditorium
March 8                 Austin, TX                               Bass Concert Hall
March  10              New Orleans, LA                    Saenger Theatre
March 12               Birmingham, AL                     BJCC Concert Hall
March 13               Atlanta, GA                              Fox Theatre
March 15               Jacksonville, FL                      Moran Theater
March 17                Ft. Lauderdale, FL                 Broward Center for the Performing Arts
March 19-20         Clearwater, FL                        Ruth Eckerd Hall
March 22               Orlando, FL                            Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts
March 24               Columbia, SC                          The Township Auditorium
March 26               North Charleston, SC            North Charleston PAC
March 27               Charlotte, NC                          Ovens Auditorium
March 29               Norfolk, VA                             Norfolk Scope Arena – Chrysler Hall
March 31               Durham, NC                            Durham PAC
April 15                  Boston, MA                             Citi PAC Wang Theatre
April 16                  Providence, RI                       Providence PAC
April 18                  Red Bank, NJ                         Count Basie Theatre
April 20-21             New York, NY                        Carnegie Hall
April 23-24             New York, NY                        Apollo Theatre
April 26                  Washington, DC                    DAR Constitution Hall
April 29                  Hamilton, ON                        Hamilton Place Theatre
May 1-2                  Toronto, ON                           Sony Centre for the Performing Arts
May 5                     Quebec City, QC                    Grand Theatre
May 6                     Montreal, QC                         St. Denis Theatre
May 8                     Syracuse, NY                          Landmark Theatre
May 9                     Buffalo, NY                             Shea’s PAC
May 12                   Pittsburgh, PA                        Benedum Center
May 27                   Evansville, IN                         Old National Events Plaza
May 29                   St. Louis, MO                         Peabody Opera House
May 30                   Rockford, IL                           Coronado PAC
June 2                    Madison, WI                            Overture Center for the Arts
June 3                    Peoria, IL                                 Peoria Civic Center Theatre
June 5                    Milwaukee, WI                        Milwaukee Riverside Theater
June 6                    Fort Wayne, IN                      Embassy Theatre
June 9                    Grand Rapids, MI                  DeVos Performance Hall
June 10                  Detroit, MI                              Detroit Opera House
June 12                  Baltimore, MD                        Modell PAC at The Lyric
June 13                  Richmond, VA                         Altria Theater
June 16                  Philadelphia, PA                     Merriam Theatre
June 17                  Roanoke, VA                            Roanoke Civic Center Theatre
June 19                  Savannah, GA                          Johnny Mercer Theatre
June 20                  Augusta, GA                             William B. Bell Auditorium
June 23                  Memphis, TN                           Orpheum Theatre
July 8                      Winnipeg, MB                         Centennial Concert Hall
July 10-11               Regina, SK                                Conexus Arts Centre
July 13                    Saskatoon, SK                          TCU Place
July 15                    Calgary, AB                              Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
July 18                    Vancouver, BC                        Queen Elizabeth Theatre
July 19                    Seattle, WA                              Benaroya Hall
July 21                    Portland, OR                           Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
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
July 29                    Phoenix, AZ                             Comerica Theater
July 31                    Denver, CO                               Ellie Caulkins Opera House
August 2                 Omaha, NE                               Orpheum Theatre
August 4                 Indianapolis, IN                      Bankers Life Fieldhouse

JOHN MELLENCAMP  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 ThisPlain 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.

Tour Publicist:
Kristen Foster
PMK BNC
Kristen.foster@pmkbnc.com