14 fechas, ninguna en España, pero al fin, 19 años después de su última visita a nuestro continente, ¡¡John Mellencamp, en Europa!! No better than this: ni un título del Real Madrid esta temporada puede ser mejor que esto!
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, 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 Friday 18th March at 9AM viawww.gigtsandtours.com and 24 hr cc hotline 0844 811 0051.
The tour will feature both classic material associated with the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee’s 35+ 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. The album has garnered great critical acclaim with Q stating, «Veteran blue-collar songsmith goes back to basics… with Mellencamp relishing his role as grizzled troubadour steeped in Rootsy traditions of America’s rural south.»
It was recorded in three historic locations in the American South: Savannah’s First African Baptist Church, Sun Studio in Memphis and Room 414 of San Antonio’s Gunter Hotel where Robert Johnson recorded in 1936. The sessions were documented on a 55-year-old mono tape recorder using just one vintage microphone at each location. Rolling Stone’s review of the album noted, «Mellencamp has never sounded looser or easier on a record,» suggesting the artist was «channeling spirits and stepping into period styles. They fit him perfectly.» The Americana Music Association recently honored Mellencamp with its Lifetime Achievement Award for Songwriting, presented by Rosanne Cash.
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 percussion) 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.
John Mellencamp No Better Than This Tour,
24th Copenhagen, DEN – Vega
25th Berlin, GER – TempoDrom
26th The Hague, NLD – Forum Theatre
28th Dublin, IRL – Canal Theatre
1st Manchester GBR, – O2 Apollo
2nd London, GBR – HMV Hammersmith Apollo
5th Paris, FRA – Olympia
6th Munich, GER – Circus Krone
7th Stuttgart, GER – Beethovensall
9th Vigevano, ITL – Castello Sforzesco
10th Rome, ITL – The Cavea
12th Udine, ITL – Castello
13th Zurich, CHE – Live at Sunset