For my birthday my dearest got us tickets to see John Mellencamp in concert. There were a couple of reasons we really wanted to see him preform. First off, John Mellencamp hasn't visited the Bluegrass since 1988 so this is the first time we have been able to see him in a very long time. Second, not to sound too grim, we want to see John Mellencamp preform before he dies. Really with the year we have been having with performers, it is time to see this artist.
I always loved John Cougar Mellencamp, as he was known then. I remember how huge the album Uh Huh was when I was in Jr High, the artistry in Scarecrow for my High School years and the insights of Lonesome Juliblee for my College years. The great things about John Mellencamp's songs is that he revels in the rebelliousness of youth but with the tone of enjoy it now cause it will be gone. What makes him a great artist is that you can enjoy and see yourself in his songs in anytime of life.
As for the concert, John Mellencamp showed that he has been preforming for over 40 years. He commanded the stage with an ease that only comes with time. He preformed all his major hits with a touching treatment of Jack and Diane. The song was just him and his guitar with the audience doing most of the singing. I was surprised he closed with Cherry Bomb, not Pink Houses, but it was a great closer.
If you get a chance, don't miss this great artist preform. With the year 2016 has been it might be your last chance.
Till next time, listen to the best - your ears deserve it.