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John Mellencamp Reviews

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Average customer review: 3.5 star rating (3.3 Stars)

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3.0 star rating EAO from Chicago, Illinois

SURPRISED

So, I bought these tickets for a friend & I months ago & paid over $200 each because I was afraid of missing the chance to see him in concert before he kicks the bucket. Had a whirlwind of a day & got to the theater in time to have one more drink before the show started & we were totally revved up for a great night when the lights went down & the concert started. At first, we loved the movie clips that showed the actors & movies that influenced his life & made him the rocker he is, but then they kept coming & after 30 minutes, my wine buzz was fading & I actually wished I had a blanket so I could take a nap! I appreciate that as an artist, he shares what is important to him, but there should be an obligation felt to make sure the fans have a great experience too… When he sang & danced, it was great & I wish we had seats on the dance floor (do not buy tickets in a booth at the Chicago theater if you like to stand & dance at a concert. I didn’t know what booth meant, but will never buy tickets like that again)! I don’t regret buying these tickets even though I paid way too much, but there has to be a better way for John to share about the movies & actors that influenced him because starting off the concert that way totally zapped the electric vibe that was in the theater when we thought the concert/music was actually starting. Aside from that, he still has great rhythm & energy & I love that he’s still a rebel & has no worries about saying what he thinks!

3.0 star rating A True Fan from Chicago, Illinois

AVERAGE AT BEST - HATE TO SAY IT - A TRUE FAN

Saw you first John in the early 80’s, Ames Iowa, you killed it. This time around, mother time and your lifestyle has take its toll big fella, your still the man, you’ve got some great songs and memories I’m sure and gave me some of my own (thank you) but the voice is gone, the attitude of being a angry old man, per your words, after all you have been blessed with ( why ) doesn’t fit your potential, its never to late by the way and the use of the F word hundreds of times displays how out of touch things have gone for the once dominating man who was born in a Small town….respectully a true fan our the Mellencamp era.

3.0 star rating Alison Hanover from Corydon Indiana

NOT WHAT I EXPECTED

Saw Mellencamp last night in Louisville. the whole concert seemed a trifile self indulgent. 30 minutes of black and white film clips,, then 5 songs I had never heard of. At one point he told the audience, not to yell out and if they wanted to then go outside!! Kind of bizarre. Told a story about a homeless person in Portland, again kind of bizarre. Said he was bored with doing concerts and wanted this to be a show. right before playing a tape of Joanne Woodward reciting one of his songs. The best part of the concert was the last 15 minutes when he actually sang, Pink Houses, Cherry Bomb and Hurts So Good. Not really what I was expecting. I came away saying to my husband, I am not sure if he is just a total dick. Upon googling that phrase I did indeed find out that he is in fact a total dick. Still like the old hits though.

3.0 star rating Gerald johnson from Baltimore, Maryland

LONG TIME MELLENCAMP FAN

Long time mellencamp fan I have seen him 21 times in 11 different states I remember when he would do two sets but this is a 67 year old man who has smoked and gotten older with us all over the years seen him the last time in Clearwater the old movie clip thing could had done with out the songs he choose though some great there is a ton of his catalog he dismissed. Average show at best not one on my top list but it's John fucking mellencamp a legend in music in my life thanks John walk tall in this peaceful world you dream about keep R.O.C.K in the USA we all want love and happiness thanks for the memories.

3.0 star rating LizR from Baltimore, Maryland

JOHN MELLENCAMP AT LYRIC

The music by Mellencamp and his band was great, but audio was not. At 8 pm, it was very odd to have to sit through 30 minutes of old movie clips from the 1940’s through the 1960’s for no apparent reason. (I didn’t pay $150 to see movie clips!) Also strange were a number of mannequins present on the stage throughout the show, for no clear reason. I found them VERY creepy and was eager to leave the venue as soon as he stopped playing. Female violinist was fabulous.

3.0 star rating DGOK from New York, New York

THE "MAVERICK" SELLS OUT

"Sponsored by TCM." Aside from the TCM contractual obligation, apparently John's ego saw this as an opportunity to inform us of all his 1950's inspirational movie heroes in a 30+ minute self absorbed docu-clunker. Cat calls grew with each new "who-cares" clip. Hopefully, this sort of brazen sponsorship affliction will not catch on. If you can get by the constant "F-bombs," spitting lung fish on the stage, aimless stories, tough guy persona and political preaching...you might just enjoy what is otherwise a good show.

3.0 star rating Lynn from Buffalo, New York

WANTED TO LOVE IT

So disappointed in this performance at Sheas in Buffalo.. First off, it’s NOT a concert as he will tell you. The 30 minutes of mixed old black and white movies at the beginning was a complete buzz kill and I almost fell asleep. Had he started the show at 8:30 and just ran the movies while people were settling in, I think it would have been much better. Audience members were booing after 15-20 minutes of these movies as it made no sense and us old folks were falling asleep. It was agony to sit through especially since the lights were off and everyone was patiently waiting for the live music we paid for. Once he began performing, I did enjoy the concert but it took me a while to get back into concert mode. Jack and Diane was pretty much all sung by the audience and uneventful. He didn’t play many of his classics which made me sad. Overall, I left feeling confused on what I just experienced. The weird creepy mannequins on all 4 sides of the stage are still smiling at me! Strange and weird vibe for sure! On a positive note, I really loved the violin player!! I have been to Sheas many times and everything is always great but this show was just not for me. .

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