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John Mellencamp Reviews

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Average customer review: 3.5 star rating (3.3 Stars)

Number of reviews: 96



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

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.

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