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John Mellencamp took to the road to promote his first album in two years, No Better Than This. He started his headlining tour on October 29, 2010 after co-headlining 11 concerts this summer with Bob Dylan. John Mellencamp tickets will be on sale for the tour as it carries on until April 2011.


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Throughout his career, John Mellencamp has had to fight, whether it was for the right to record under his own name or for respect as an artist. Of course, he never made it easily on himself. Mellencamp began his career in the late '70s as a Bruce Springsteen clone called Johnny Cougar. As his career progressed, his music became more distinctive, developing into a Stonesy blend of hard-rock and folk-rock. His musical development coincided with his growth in popularity — by the time "Hurts So Good" and "Jack and Diane" became hits in 1982, Mellencamp had created his own variation of the heartland rock of Springsteen, Tom Petty, and Bob Seger. While he had the record sales, it took several years before rock critics took him seriously. For some artists, this would be easy to ignore, but Mellencamp had the desire to be a serious social commentator, chronicling the times and trials of Midwestern baby boomers. Scarecrow, released in 1985, fulfilled his wish of being taken serious, and every record he released after it was greeted warmly by critics. Furthermore, he sustained his popularity into the late '90s, only occasionally experiencing dips in record sales.

John Mellencamp (born October 7, 1951 in Seymour, Indiana) is an American singer and songwriter, known for a series of 1980s hits, including "Jack and Diane". As a child, Mellencamp suffered from spina bifida and he had a troubled childhood marked by several brushes with the law. He began performing with a band at eighteen, and eloped with his pregnant girlfriend at seventeen.

At age 24, Mellencamp, determined to break into the music business, moved to New York City and signed on with agent Tony DeFries (at the time well-known for representing David Bowie). DeFries insisted that Mellencamp's first album, Chestnut Street Incident, a collection of covers and derivative originals, be released under the stage name Johnny Cougar, a move Mellencamp claims was made without his knowledge and against his will. The album was a failure, and Mellencamp lost his contract with MCA Records.

He signed to the tiny Riva Records label and recorded 1978's A Biography, unreleased in the US, but which yielded a hit in Australia ("I Need A Lover"). Riva added this song to the next album, John Cougar (1979) to minor success. Female rocker Pat Benatar recorded "I Need a Lover" and released the song as a single from her debut album "In the Heat of the Night." After one more album with Riva, Mellencamp signed with Mercury Records and released his breakthrough album, American Fool, in 1982 (see 1982 in music). The songs "Hurt So Good" and "Jack and Diane" sent the album to the top of the charts.

With a major hit under his belt, Mellencamp insisted on changing his billing to John Cougar Mellencamp (compromising by keeping the stage name as well as his true last name) for the 1983 follow-up, Uh-Huh, which was another top-10 hit and spawned several hit singles. Despite his popular success, Mellencamp fared less well with critics who tended to view him as a derivative heartland rocker in the mold of Bob Seger. He rectified this in some quarters with the release of Scarecrow in (1985). The album's lyrics were socially aware, with several songs focusing on the plight of the American family farmer, and Mellencamp soon helped organize Farm Aid with Willie Nelson. Mellencamp, now fully asserting his power as a hit maker, changed his billing to simply John Mellencamp and made waves by refusing to allow alcohol or tobacco companies to sponsor his tours.

His following LP,1987's The Lonesome Jubilee was departure from his earlier material; it incorporated country and folk influences (see 1987 in music). It generated several more singles, including "Paper in Fire" and "Cherry Bomb". By 1993's (1993 in music) Human Wheels, Mellencamp's critical reception was solid and Dance Naked (1994 in music) spawned his biggest hit in years, "Wild Night" (a cover of Van Morrison's song, in the form of a duet with Me'Shell NdegeOcello).

After a 1994 heart attack, Mellencamp returned with Mr. Happy Go Lucky which blended heavier dance rhythms with his now signature folk-rock style with the aid of dance producer Junior Vasquez.

Mellencamp left Mercury after the 1994 disc. Issued a day before his 47th birthday in 1998, his self-titled debut for Columbia Records included the songs "Your Life is Now" and "I'm Not Running Anymore".

In 1999 Mellencamp covered his own tunes as well as those by Bob Dylan and the Drifters for his album "Rough Harvest," one of two albums he owed Mercury Records to fulfill his contract (the other was "The Best That I Could Do", a best-of collection) (1999 in music).

The early 21st century (e.g. 2001 in music) found Mellencamp teaming up with artists such Chuck D and India. Arie to deliver a more laid back record with "Cuttin' Heads", spawning the single "Peaceful World". "Trouble No More" followed in mid-2003 (2003 in music), a quickly-recorded collection of rootsy bluesy covers of artists such as Robert Johnson and Lucinda Williams.

Mellencamp's growth since has been amply displayed on such albums as Big Daddy (1989), Whenever We Wanted (1991), Human Wheels (1993), Dance Naked (1994), Mr. Happy Go Lucky (1996) and John Mellencamp (1998). Human Wheels, a top 10 album, might've been the singer's finest album ever; it was certainly the most forward-looking--perhaps due to the touch of co-producer Malcolm Burn, whose prior work with associate Daniel Lanois cast a distinctive sheen on much of the '90s finest pop and alternative rock music. You'd never have suspected it from 1976's Chestnut Street Incident, but at the rate John Mellencamp undergoes stylistic shifts with each new album, he could prove to be the next David Bowie. Think he'd enjoy the comparison? Certainly, his fans enjoy purchasing John Mellencamp tickets to listen to each new version of the man once called Cougar.

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