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John Mellencamp announces first UK dates in 19 years

John Mellencamp

Story by Jack Foley

FOR the first time in 19 years, John Mellencamp is set to tour the UK and Europe with dates set for late June and July 2011.

The No Better Than This tour is designed as a uniquely formatted ‘evening with’, and brings Mellencamp’s music to theatre-sized venues, thereby offering a rare opportunity to experience one of America’s most iconic songwriters and performers in an intimate setting, highlighting all phases of his artistry.

The new No Better Than This Tour dates will take in Denmark, Germany, Netherlands, Ireland, UK, France, Italy, Switzerland and tickets for the UK dates go on sale on Friday, March 18 at 9am.

The tour will feature both classic material associated with the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee’s 35-plus year long career as well as new music from No Better Than This, released last year by Rounder Records and produced by T Bone Burnett.

As a reflection of the diversity of styles and material that have been a hallmark of Mellencamp’s eclectic career, the concerts are formatted into three segments.

These showcase John Mellencamp in an acoustic context, fronting a small combo recalling blues/country and rockabilly roots and with his full rock band.

Musicians backing Mellencamp include Michael Wanchic (guitar), Andy York (guitar), Miriam Sturm (violin), John Gunnell (electric and upright bass), Dane Clark (drums) and Troye Kinnett (accordion/keyboards).

Of special note is the fact that the tour’s ‘opening act’, is a documentary film by Kurt Markus entitled It’s About You.

Shot on Super8 film over the course of 2009’s Bob Dylan-John Mellencamp-Willie Nelson tour of minor league baseball stadiums, it chronicles the creation of No Better Than This while serving as a cinematic ‘think piece’ on the state of the country at the end of the first decade of the 21st Century. The film had its theatrical premiere at this year’s SXSW® Film Festival in Austin, Texas.

Mellencamp noted: “I’m very excited to have the opportunity at this time in my life to go on tour and present these songs in this manner.”

Fans should to log on to www.mellencamp.com for the most up-to-date concert and ticket on-sale information.

The European tour dates are (all June and July 2011):

June
24 – Copenhagen
25 – Berlin
26 – The Hague
28 – Dublin

July
1 – Manchester O2 Apollo
2 – London HMV Hammersmith Apollo
3 – TBC
5 – Paris
6 – Munich
7 – Stuttgart
9 – Vigevano
10 – Rome
12 – Udine
13 – Zurich