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John Mellencamp Reviews

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Average customer review: 3.5 star rating (3.3 Stars)

Number of reviews: 101



2.0 star rating Sandy from Los Angeles, California


We were looking forward to this show for months. A surprise show for my BF who loves Mellencamp. It was such a let down. Hung on for the hits, then Jack and Diane was a joke. What was with the movie classics and dummys on stage??? Then the homeless woman blow job story? Did you have to go into detail like that? Then in true douchebag fashion, JCM insulted his fans by saying, "if you're one of the people who screams when it's quite, go outside and yell". My BF had just yelled, I love you John! Thanks for making him feel bad. WE bought tickets to your show Cougar. Let us experience it the way we want to. Its all because his EGO needs him to be heard. It's unfortunate really. Now when I hear his songs on the radio, they'll be tainted by that shithole show. Never again. I only gave 1 star for the last song, Hurt So Good was good but we were already so bummed. So that was kudos to ME for making the best of it.

2.0 star rating Allan Keller from Chicago, Illinois


Disappointing show. Saw john in carbondale in 1986 and was excited for saturday night. I had a heads-up on the 30 minutes if old movie clips prior to the show starting. His opening songs were either newer or super obscure and had the audience puzzled. Once he was rocking for 2 or 3 songs, he would bring the show to a crashing hault with a story or belief. I was hoping for stories about "how he and Willie Nelson were organizing Farm Aid and stoned off their asses." Or something of the iike from his almost 50 years in the industry. Definitely could have done without the "performance art" for the Joanne Woodward poetry corner. It was awful and not what the audience came for. The 25ish minutes of blabbing could have been replaced by more of his catalog. Good but could have been great!

2.0 star rating Gary S from Cleveland, Ohio


The music was great. Starting with a 30 minute infomercial for TCM was deplorable. Following that by f-bombing the audience for heckling, class-less. Weaving in criticism of corporations (after starting with the TCM pitch, hypocritical. I spent a good buck, waited months and was more aggravated than entertained.

2.0 star rating Scott Arnold from New York, New York


Mellencamp did not need to torture the crowd with 30 minutes of old movie clips of his favorite characters or actors. That was a complete waste of time and the New York audience was "done with it" after just the first movie clip. Audience members were actually groaning every time another movie clip began. Most fans wanted an old-fashioned rock and roll show with Mellencamp's greatest hits from the 80's and 90's. That didn't happen until the last half hour of the show when John decided to be John. Overall, I'd say the audio at the Beacon Theater was horrible, and oftentimes Mellencamp's voice was completely overshadowed by drums, bass, and intstumentation. With his big hits, Mellencamp didn't even sing half of them. He let a very excited audience do most of the heavy lifting and singing. He did a lot of "mike holding" when the audience took over Jack and Diane and Pink Houses. I grew up in the 80's loving Mellencamp, Springsteen, and Bryan Adams, but this is the last time for JCM!

2.0 star rating Darlene from Toledo, Ohio


2 stars because the band was simply rock solid, & they put up with a LOT. Voice was as expected for a man in his 70's who's smoked the majority of his life. Not bad, just not what it used to be. The show started with 25 minutes of various b&w movie clips from the 40's-60's, which made people impatient - there were hecklers. Then the real show started. It was ok. He reached the acoustic portion of the set & was telling stories. Heckling grew worse; John lost his patience, storming off the stage, declaring the show to be over. Security finally got rid of the hecklers & the show went on, but you could tell he was just ANGRY for the rest of the show. He also cut 2 songs out of the performance, including Jack & Diane. After years in the biz, he needs thicker skin. If he's that sensitive, don't schedule a show for St. Patrick's Day (or any drinking holiday). It doesn't bring out the best in anyone. A lot of disappointed people last night. He allowed a few to ruin it for the many.

1.0 star rating Glenn f from Orlando, Florida


The venue was great as for John s show he was horrible. First we had to watch a intro for 25 min which was a waste of time. His voice sounds like he smokes 12 packs of cigarettes a day hard to sit through. Then he hits us with his political views my wife and i came to get away from all the bullshit for a few hours. We weren t only ones who felt that way alot of people booed and walked out early as we did. Save your time and money if he heads your way.

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

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