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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



2.0 star rating Diana from Houston, Texas


I was SO disappointed in this concert. He didn't play any of the hits I grew up loving. Then he got all political. I left early and didn't regret it. He only played songs that were unknown.

2.0 star rating C.H. from Portland, Oregon


As an '80s graduate from high school, I was so excited to revisit my youth with John Cougar Mellencamp songs. We had an amazing meal, and walked across the street to Keller Auditorium. The vibe was palpable. Then, it all went straight to shit. The whole movie opening thing got old real fast. The audience was actually booing by about the fourth one. I totally get where Mellencamp was going and that Brando and Newman were his idols etc etc. But it was boring and an absolute buzzkill. Finally, he came out and sang songs that I had no idea about. When he started admonishing the crowd for cheering loudly, it was so unnecessary. Then, he actually shit all over the town I live in, Portland, Oregon. God knows we have our issues, but I just felt ashamed to even be living here. It was sad, it was maddening, and I am just plain pissed. What a total waste of money. He had me, and lost me right at the very beginning for the rest of the show. I know I wasn't the only one. I'm sorry that I went.

2.0 star rating Michael from Portland, Oregon


After sitting through close to 40 minutes of Turner classic movies, he comes out and the mix was so bad you could not understand a single word that he sang. The most entertaining was when he yelled at people in the crowd for yelling. We left early after Jack and Diane and even that was pretty boring. He had to give the crowd instructions on how and when to sing. We left early and we’re happy to beat the crowds out of the auditorium. Luckily we won tickets through a local radio station as I would’ve been really mad had a spend the $150 ticket price per seat for my wife and I to see this concert

2.0 star rating Sandy from Los Angeles, California


We were looking forward to this show for months. A surprise show for my BF who loves Mellencamp. It was such a let down. Hung on for the hits, then Jack and Diane was a joke. What was with the movie classics and dummys on stage??? Then the homeless woman blow job story? Did you have to go into detail like that? Then in true douchebag fashion, JCM insulted his fans by saying, "if you're one of the people who screams when it's quite, go outside and yell". My BF had just yelled, I love you John! Thanks for making him feel bad. WE bought tickets to your show Cougar. Let us experience it the way we want to. Its all because his EGO needs him to be heard. It's unfortunate really. Now when I hear his songs on the radio, they'll be tainted by that shithole show. Never again. I only gave 1 star for the last song, Hurt So Good was good but we were already so bummed. So that was kudos to ME for making the best of it.

2.0 star rating Allan Keller from Chicago, Illinois


Disappointing show. Saw john in carbondale in 1986 and was excited for saturday night. I had a heads-up on the 30 minutes if old movie clips prior to the show starting. His opening songs were either newer or super obscure and had the audience puzzled. Once he was rocking for 2 or 3 songs, he would bring the show to a crashing hault with a story or belief. I was hoping for stories about "how he and Willie Nelson were organizing Farm Aid and stoned off their asses." Or something of the iike from his almost 50 years in the industry. Definitely could have done without the "performance art" for the Joanne Woodward poetry corner. It was awful and not what the audience came for. The 25ish minutes of blabbing could have been replaced by more of his catalog. Good but could have been great!

2.0 star rating Gary S from Cleveland, Ohio


The music was great. Starting with a 30 minute infomercial for TCM was deplorable. Following that by f-bombing the audience for heckling, class-less. Weaving in criticism of corporations (after starting with the TCM pitch, hypocritical. I spent a good buck, waited months and was more aggravated than entertained.

2.0 star rating Scott Arnold from New York, New York


Mellencamp did not need to torture the crowd with 30 minutes of old movie clips of his favorite characters or actors. That was a complete waste of time and the New York audience was "done with it" after just the first movie clip. Audience members were actually groaning every time another movie clip began. Most fans wanted an old-fashioned rock and roll show with Mellencamp's greatest hits from the 80's and 90's. That didn't happen until the last half hour of the show when John decided to be John. Overall, I'd say the audio at the Beacon Theater was horrible, and oftentimes Mellencamp's voice was completely overshadowed by drums, bass, and intstumentation. With his big hits, Mellencamp didn't even sing half of them. He let a very excited audience do most of the heavy lifting and singing. He did a lot of "mike holding" when the audience took over Jack and Diane and Pink Houses. I grew up in the 80's loving Mellencamp, Springsteen, and Bryan Adams, but this is the last time for JCM!

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