InRolling Stone magazine called this version of Mellencamp's band "one of the most powerful and versatile live bands ever assembled. Since college, Mellencamp has, with the exception of his continuing addiction to nicotine, lived a drug and alcohol-free lifestyle. Inwhen asked about his views on drugs, he told Bill Holdship of Creem magazine, "If you want to stick needles in your arms, go ahead and fucking do it.
You're the one that's going to pay the consequences. I don't think it's a good idea, and I sure don't advocate it, but I'm not going to judge people.
Hell, if that was the case, you wouldn't like anyone in the music business because everyone's blowing cocaine. InMellencamp released Scarecrowwhich peaked at No. A Salute to '60s Rock " No. According to the February edition of Creem MagazineMellencamp wanted to incorporate the sound of classic '60s rock into Scarecrowand he gave his band close to a hundred old singles to learn "almost mathematically verbatim" prior to recording the album.
Take an old Rascals song for example — there's everything from marching band beats to soul music to country sounds in one song. Learning those opened the band's vision to try new things on my songs. It wasn't let's go back and try to make this part fit into my song, but I wanted to capture the same feeling — the way those songs used to make you feel. After a while, we didn't even have to talk about it anymore. If you listen to the lead Larry [Crane] plays on 'Face The Nation', he never would have played that 'cause he didn't really know who the Animals were.
He's young, and he grew up on Grand Funk Railroad. You hear it, and it's like 'where did that come from? Scarecrow was the first album Mellencamp recorded at his own Rooty Toot Toot - John Cougar Mellencamp - The Lonesome Jubilee (Cassette studio, "Belmont Mall," located in Belmont, Indiana and built in Prior to the —86 Scarecrow Tour, during which he covered some of the same s rock and soul songs he and his band rehearsed prior to the recording of ScarecrowMellencamp added fiddle player Lisa Germano to his band.
Germano would remain in Mellencamp's band untilwhen she left to pursue a solo career. We had a very distinct vision of what should be happening here. At one point, The Lonesome Jubilee was supposed to be a double album, but at least 10 of the songs I'd written just didn't stick together with the idea and the sound we had in mind. So I just put those songs on a shelf, and cut it back down to a single record.
Now, in the past, it was always 'Let's make it up as we go along' — and we did make some of The Lonesome Jubilee up as we went along. But we had a very clear idea of what we wanted it to sound like, even before it was written, right through to the day it was mastered.
As Frank DiGiacomo of Vanity Fair wrote in" The Lonesome Jubilee was the album in which Mellencamp defined his now signature sound: a rousing, crystalline mix of acoustic and electric guitars, Appalachian fiddle, and gospel-style backing vocals, anchored by a crisp, Rooty Toot Toot - John Cougar Mellencamp - The Lonesome Jubilee (Cassette drumbeat and completed by his own velveteen rasp.
During the Lonesome Jubilee Tour, Mellencamp was joined onstage by surprise guest Bruce Springsteen at the end of his May 26, gig in Irvine, California, for a duet of Bob Dylan 's "Like a Rolling Stone," which Mellencamp performed as the penultimate song during each show on that tour.
Mellencamp was heavily involved in painting at this time in his life and decided not to tour behind Big Daddystating: "What's the point? This other step that people keep wanting me to take to become another level of recording artist - to be Madonna?
To sell out? To bend over? To kiss somebody's ass? I ain't gonna do it. Mellencamp's album, Whenever We Wantedwas the first with a cover billed to John Mellencamp—the Cougar was now gone forever. Inhe released Human Wheelsand the title track peaked at No. We explored what a lot of these current bands are doing — these young black bands that are doing more than just sampling. The album also contained two protest songs in "L. Others have just one guitar, bass, and drums, which I haven't done since American Fool.
With guitarist Andy York now on board as Larry Crane's full-time replacement, Mellencamp launched his Dance Naked Tour in the summer ofbut a minor heart attack suffered after a show at Jones Beach in New York on August 8 of that year eventually forced him to cancel the last few weeks of the tour. It was just a terrible lifestyle. He returned to the concert stage in early by playing a series of dates in small Midwestern clubs under the pseudonym Pearl Doggy.
In Septemberthe experimental album Mr. Happy Go Luckywhich was produced by Junior Vasquezwas released to critical acclaim. The arrangements are more ambitious, with programs and loops going right along with real drums and guitars. Happy Go Lucky spawned the No. After the release of Mr.
Happy Go Lucky and a subsequent four-month tour from March—July to promote it, Mellencamp signed a four-album deal with Album) Recordsalthough he wound up making only three albums for the label.
The switch in labels coincided with Dane Clark replacing Aronoff on drums. Donovan made a record inSunshine Supermanand I wanted to start with that same kind of vibe—Eastern, very grand stories, fairy tales. He released a book of his early paintings, titled Paintings and Reflectionsin InMellencamp covered his own songs as well as those by Bob Dylan and the Drifters for his album Rough Harvest recorded inone of two albums he owed Mercury Records to fulfill his contract the other was The Best That I Could Doa best-of collection.
In Mayhe gave the Indiana University commencement address, in which he advised graduates to "play it like you feel it! In AugustMellencamp played a series of unannounced free concerts in major cities on the East Coast and in the Midwest as a way of giving back to fans who had supported him the previous 24 years.
With a lo-fi setup that included portable amps and a battery-powered P. To anybody who's said thank you to me, I say, 'You're very nice, but, really, thank you. The early 21st century also found Mellencamp teaming up with artists such as Chuck D and India. Mellencamp embarked on the Cuttin' Heads Tour in the summer ofbefore the album was even released. He opened each show on this tour with a cover of the Rolling Stones ' " Gimme Shelter " and also played a solo acoustic version of the Cuttin' Heads track "Women Seem" at each show.
The album was also dedicated to Mellencamp's friend, Billboard magazine editor-in-chief Timothy Whitewho died from a heart attack in Columbia Records executives, who were in attendance at the benefit shows, were so impressed with Mellencamp's live renditions of "Stones in My Passway" that they convinced him to record an album of vintage American songs, which ultimately became Trouble No More. Mellencamp participated in the Vote for Change tour in October leading up to the U.
Presidential election. InMellencamp toured with Donovan and John Fogerty. The first leg of what was called the Words and Music Tour in the spring of '05 featured Donovan playing in the middle of Mellencamp's set. Mellencamp would play a handful of songs before introducing Donovan and then duetting with him on the hit "Sunshine Superman". Mellencamp would leave the stage as Donovan played seven or eight of his songs backed by Mellencamp's band and then return to finish off his own set after Donovan Rooty Toot Toot - John Cougar Mellencamp - The Lonesome Jubilee (Cassette.
On the second leg of the tour in the summer of '05, Fogerty co-headlined with Mellencamp at outdoor amphitheaters across the United States. Mellencamp released Freedom's Roadhis first album of original material in over five years, on January 23, He intended for Freedom's Road to have a s rock sound while still remaining contemporary, and he feels that goal was achieved. I think we came up with a pretty timeless sounding album," Mellencamp told his online radio station in late Although Mellencamp had always been outspoken and adamant about not selling any of his songs to corporations to use in commercials, he changed his stance and let Chevrolet use "Our Country" in Chevy Silverado TV commercials that began airing in late September I'm taking heat because no one's ever done this before.
People have licensed songs that have already been hits, but nobody's licensed a brand-new song to a major company, and people don't know how to react. Freedom's Road peaked at No. On August 13,Mellencamp began recording his 18th album of original material, titled Life, Death, Love and Freedom.
The album, which was released on July 15,was produced by acclaimed roots producer T-Bone Burnett. The first song with video, "Jena", was introduced on Mellencamp's website in October A video for the song was filmed in Savannah, GA on June 9, Karen Fairchild of Little Big Town is featured in the video. She harmonizes with Mellencamp on "My Sweet Love" and provides background vocals to three other songs on Life, Death, Love and Freedomwhich became the ninth Top 10 album of Mellencamp's career when it debuted at No.
It sold 56, copies in its first week on the market. On September 3,Mellencamp made available on his website a home-video recording of his solo acoustic cover of Bob Dylan's " The Times They Are A-Changin' " as a sign that the Presidential Election is going to bring about change in America. The show features performers returning to small venues they Rooty Toot Toot - John Cougar Mellencamp - The Lonesome Jubilee (Cassette at during the early stages of their careers.
Mellencamp had last played at the Crump Theatre on October 4, The program aired on December 11, and also featured an in-depth documentary tracing Mellencamp's roots.
McCain's campaign responded by pulling the songs from their playlist. Mellencamp's publicist, Bob Merlis, noted to the Associated Press:. If [McCain is] such a true conservative, why [is he] playing songs that have a very populist pro-labor message written by a guy who would find no argument if you characterized him as an ardent leftist?
Merlis also noted that the same songs had been used, with Mellencamp's approval, by John Edwards's campaign ; in response, the McCain campaign ceased using the songs. Mellencamp also performed "Our Country" at a rally for Hillary Clinton in IndianapolisIndiana, on May 3,although he never came out in support of either Obama or Clinton during the primaries. InMellencamp's music was used by the National Organization for Marriage at events opposing same-sex marriage.
Mellencamp's views on same sex marriage and equal rights for people of all sexual orientations are at odds with NOM's stated agenda" and requesting that NOM "find music from a source more in harmony with your views than Mr. Mellencamp in the future. Mellencamp supported Michael Bloomberg in his presidential campaign by taping a Bloomberg campaign ad that featured Mellencamp singing " Small Town ".
Mellencamp's version featured new lyrics that reflected the racial conflicts in the U. The video, which included a warning that it might be seen as "inappropriate for some viewers", featured footage of protesters and police clashing violently in and YouTube eventually removed the video claiming it violated their community guidelines.
Along with the song and video Mellencamp released the statement that read "For my entire life I have seen the mistreatment of minorities in our country. We have gone too far with the shameful killing and genocide In my own way I have tried to address these issues in song.
Mellencamp lives five miles outside of Bloomington, Indianaon the shores of Lake Monroe but he also has a vacation home on Daufuskie Island, South Carolina. Mellencamp was married to Priscilla Esterline from until and to Victoria Granucci from until He married fashion model Elaine Irwin on September 5, On December 30,Mellencamp announced that he and Irwin had separated after 18 years of marriage.
Mellencamp has five children from his three marriages: daughter Michelle from his marriage to Esterline; daughters Teddi Jo and Justice from his marriage to Granucci; and sons Hud and Speck from his marriage to Irwin. After his divorce from Irwin, Mellencamp began dating actress Meg Ryan.
In SeptemberMellencamp reportedly started dating former supermodel Christie Brinkley. In Julyit was reported that Mellencamp and Ryan had reunited and were dating again.
In Aprilit was reported that Mellencamp has been dating skincare expert Jamie Sherrill since the beginning of the year. Since college, Mellencamp with the exception of a continuing addiction to nicotine has lived a drug and alcohol-free lifestyle. Inwhen asked about his views on drugs, he told Bill Holdship of Creem magazine, "If you want to stick needles in your arms, go ahead and fucking do it.
You're the one that's going to pay the consequences. I don't think it's a good idea, and I sure don't advocate it, but I'm not going to judge people. Hell, if that was the case, you wouldn't like anyone in the music business because everyone's blowing cocaine. Mellencamp suffered a minor heart attack after a show at Jones Beach in New York on August 8,that eventually forced him to cancel the last few weeks of his Dance Naked tour. It was just a terrible lifestyle.
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