The name John Cougar Mellencamp is like music to a Hoosier’s ears. Growing up, I can remember John Cougar’s hits blaring through the stereo.
I was born and raised near Seymour, Mellencamp’s hometown, in Columbus. The Crump Theatre in Columbus is also one of the first places the singer, songwriter and accomplished painter performed. Ever since I can remember, I’ve spent my summers boating on Lake Monroe (Bloomington) where Mellencamp lives. It seems like every boat proudly plays the singer’s songs that echo across the water.
So where am I going with this? Mellencamp kicked off his latest tour, No Better Than This, a few weeks ago. On Monday he rocked Clowes Memorial Hall (on the Butler University campus) and next he will be lighting the stage at Butler’s Hinkle Fieldhouse on Thursday – where I will be! For a lack of better terms, it is such a big deal to me that this Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Famer will be only steps from where I live, work, and play.
The No Better Than This tour is a little different than most concerts. There is no opening act. The concert starts with a documentary, It’s About You, about the making of new album. The concert will continue with two acoustic sets and a full band set. The documentary starts at 6:45 p.m. and John Mellencamp comes on stage around 8:30 p.m. Tickets are still available.
The selected venues on this tour are smaller to allow for a better connection between fan and musician. This isn’t your typical rock concert. The performance is designed to dive into the depths of the legendary music.
So if I don’t see you at the concert on Thursday, no worries! Mellencamp will be moving on to South Bend and Fort Wayne next week. Later in the month you can even catch him rocking in Chicago. For more info on the No Better Than This tour check out johnmellencamp.com.