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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



3.0 star rating Gerald johnson from Baltimore, Maryland


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


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


"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 might just enjoy what is otherwise a good show.

3.0 star rating Lynn from Buffalo, New York


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. .

3.0 star rating Gthom from Omaha, Nebraska

EH ...

Movie intro was weird and over everyone's head. We had the movie projector light glaring in our eyes, some sort of reflection, I'm sure. And his dumpy mechanic's jumpsuit did not improve his appearance of being pretty old. Sorry, John, because we are fans and of a similar age.

2.0 star rating Leann from Houston, Texas


I was so excited to hear the oldies but goodies, but he spent the first 2 hours playing his new material…. very disappointed

2.0 star rating Drew from austin, tx


actually just saw him in Austin. I came away disapointed and much to my not suprised googled reviews and found this. Sounds like his banter and crowd admonishment is the same at every venue. The warmup act is old movies so wait about 40 minutes after his start time to miss that bullshit. could have started with i need a lover which is a great riff with electrifying guitar solo, btw he never played it, started with i have no friends, should change the words to i hate my fans. He missed a great opportunity to storytell go through the albums and years. He has a great catalog and i didnt need to hear all the hits but some familiar bside hits would have been cool. No encore. Im more mad at myself than him for overpaying for these tickets and concert. It hurt, but not so good.

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