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.
John Mellencamp Tickets and US Dates
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."
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.
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.
John Mellencamp No Better Than This European 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