Sadly the John Mellencamp show was disappointing. The lights go out, the sold out crowd finishes scrambling to their seats, and everyone has this great anticipation of the band walking out on stage… but instead a mini documentary of John’s life begins. Now, if a documentary of john’s life existed, I would gladly watch this, at home on my sofa. I’m at the rock show expecting music and a fun time and this was the ultimate buzz kill. Five minutes in we decided it must be a little intro and the band is on the way, when the screen flashes “1975: Indiana” and we realize this movie is nowhere near the end…
20 plus minutes later, totally annoyed now, after the entire crowd talked through the whole thing, the band finally comes out and goes into song after song that no one knows.
Little gems of 80’s songs everyone came to hear got sprinkled in amongst many quiet songs. It was up and down all night and then the show just ended with the song I wanted to hear most : Cherry Bomb.
I’m glad I got to see him once but this is really not the show I wanted to see, and all 6 in my group agreed. The documentary of his life was very “self-serving” as my friend called it. It put a huge damper on the fun to start off the show. It never really came back from that.
Also, if asked what you thought his biggest song of all time was, would you say Hurt’s So Good? I would. He didn’t play it. I looked back at set lists from this year and he doesn’t ever play it. He also doesn’t do an encore.