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    Thu, 17 Apr 2008 10:39:42

    John Mellencamp Readies New Record, Tour - And a Stephen King musical

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    As if getting inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame last month wasn't exciting enough, John Mellencamp has announced a month-long tour in support of Life, Death, Love and Freedom. While it's still without a label, the record is expected to drop on July 15, a week before Mellencamp launches his tour at Philadelphia's Mann Music Center. Lucinda Williams will open most dates. Interested? Tickets will be available in late April and early May, depending on where you live. Find out more at http://www2.mellencamp.com, including details about Mellencamp's fan club and how you can grab premium tickets before the general public.

    As for the sound of Life, Death, Love and Freedom, Mellencamp's longtime guitarist, Mike Wanchic, told Billboard.com that it's "very, very, very organic—upright basses, cocktail (drum) kits, lots of acoustic guitars, really very atmospheric, absolutely one of the coolest sounding records that I've heard, of ours or anybody else's."

    If that's not enough to appease Mellencamp fans, Billboard also revealed this tidbit: Ghost Brothers of Darkland County, a musical by Mellencamp and scriptwriter Stephen King, is finally opening in April 2009 at Atlanta's Alliance Theatre.

    For now, the tour:

    7/8 Philadelphia, PA - Mann Music Center
    7/10 Wantagh, NY - Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
    7/11 Holmdel, NJ - PNC Bank Arts Center
    7/14-15 Boston, MA - Bank of America Pavilion
    7/18 Clarkston, MI - DTE Energy Music Theatre 7/22 Chicago, IL - Charter One Pavilion at Northerly Island
    7/23 Cincinnati, OH - Riverbend Music Center
    7/25 Oklahoma City, OK - Ford Center
    7/27 Morrison, CO - Red Rocks Amphitheatre
    7/30 Santa Barbara, CA - Santa Barbara Bowl
    7/31 Los Angeles, CA - Greek Theatre
    8/2 Berkeley, CA - Greek Theatre

    —The ARTISTdirect Staff
    04.17.08



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