It hurts so good. That’s for Jack and Diane and all the other John Mellencamp fans. His “Plain Spoken Tour” has been called “a triumphant, career-spanning show” (“The Hollywood Reporter”) and a “superb performance…still full of fiery defiance” (“The Boston Globe”). The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer launched the tour in early 2015 to support his critically-acclaimed 22nd studio album “Plain Spoken” and extended with dates through Spring 2016 because of overwhelming fan demand. Following a run of more than 100 sold-out shows, Mellencamp has announced the seventh and final leg of the “Plain Spoken Tour”, with support artist Carlene Carter, kicking off October 11 at the Hanover Theater in Worcester, Massachusetts.
The tour will see the Grammy winner travel to 13 intimate venues across the country performing songs from his 22-studio album catalog. Praised as “arguably the most important roots rocker of his generation”, Mellencamp’s illustrious career has spanned more than four decades and continues to endure. The performance at the legendary The Chicago Theatre on Tuesday, October 25 will mark the return to Chicago where he performed two previous sold-out shows, and this concert will be filmed to capture Mellencamp’s spectacular showmanship on-stage.
ASCAP is set to honor Mellencamp with the prestigious Founders Award at the Annual ASCAP Pop Music Awards on April 27. The award recognizes pioneering ASCAP songwriters who have made exceptional contributions to music by inspiring and influencing their fellow music creators. Past recipients have included Bob Dylan, Billy Joel, Paul McCartney, Annie Lennox and others. The very same evening, Mellencamp will appear on “Jimmy Kimmel Live”.
Produced by AEG Live, the Fall 2016 leg of the Plain Spoken Tour will go on sale Friday, April 29 (unless noted) and VIP tickets will be available at mellencamp.com and aeglive.com.
Tuesday, October 11, Worcester, Massachusetts @ The Hanover Theatre (tickets on sale Friday, May 6 at 10 a.m. local time)
Wednesday, October 12, Utica, New York @ The Stanley Theatre
Friday, October 14, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania @ FM Kirby Center
Tuesday, October 18, Hershey, Pennsylvania @ Hershey Theatre (tickets on sale Friday, April 29 at 12 p.m. local time)
Wednesday, October 19, Akron, Ohio @ Akron Civic Theatre
Friday, October 21, Toledo, Ohio @ Stranahan Theatre
Tuesday, October 25, Chicago, Illinois @ The Chicago Theatre (tickets on sale Friday, May 6 at 10 a.m. local time)
Wednesday, October 26, Richmond, Kentucky @ EKU Center for the Arts
Friday, October 28, Columbia, Missouri @ Jesse Auditorium
Sunday, October 30, Ames, Iowa @ Stephens Auditorium
Tuesday, November 1, Lincoln, Nebraska @Lied Center for the Performing Arts (tickets on sale Friday, April 29 at 12 p.m. local time)
Wednesday, November 2, Sioux Falls, South Dakota @ Washington Pavilion
Friday, November 4, Grand Forks, North Dakota @ Chester Fritz Auditorium