John Mellencamp Announces New Album, Tour

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Mellencamp will hit the road with Emmylou Harris as his support act

Midwestern rocker John Mellencamp will release his 23rd album, Sad Clowns & Hillbillies, on Republic Records on April 21. In addition, he will head out on a five-week North American tour bearing the same name as the album.

The tour will kick off on June 5th in Denver, Colorado, then continue throughout the United States with stops at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles before concluding in Essex Junction, Vermont, at the Champlain Valley Fair. Mellencamp will be joined by special guest singer-songwriter Emmylou Harris, as well as his Plain Spoken Tour mate Carlene Carter, and folk-pop sister duo Lily & Madeleine. Jewel will also step in for the tour’s two Oregon dates, substituting for Harris as the special guest opener.

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Tickets for the tour will be available to the general public beginning Friday, February 24th, at 10:00 a.m. Mellencamp.com and VIP pre-sale tickets will be available beginning Wednesday, February 22 at 10:00am until Thursday, February 23 at 10:00pm. For more information and all ticketing information please visit Mellencamp.com and AEGLive.com.

Every online ticket comes with one physical CD of Sad Clowns & Hillbillies.

Last month, Mellencamp released a song called “Easy Target,” which he called a “reflection on the state of our country.” Scroll down to view the video.

John Mellencamp ‘Sad Clowns & Hillbillies’ 2017 Tour Dates
June 5 — Greenwood Village, CO — Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre
June 7 — Boise, ID — Outlaw Field at the Idaho Botanical Garden
June 8 — Redmond, WA — Marymoor Park
June 10 — Troutdale, OR — McMenamins Edgefield
June 11 — Bend, OR — Les Schwab Amphitheater
June 13 — Saratoga, CA — The Mountain Winery
June 14 — Saratoga, CA — The Mountain Winery
June 17 — Murphys, CA — Ironstone Amphitheatre
June 18 — Los Angeles, CA — Greek Theatre
June 21 — Grand Prairie, TX — Verizon Theatre
June 22 — Sugar Land, TX — Smart Financial Centre at Sugar Land
June 24 — Saint Augustine, FL — Saint Augustine Amphitheatre
June 25 — Boca Raton, FL — Mizner Park Amphitheatre
June 27 — Atlanta, GA — Chastain Park Amphitheatre
June 28 — Cary, NC — Cary’s Koka Booth Amphitheatre
June 30 — Gilford, NH — Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion
July 1 — Lenox, MA — Tanglewood
July 3 — Vienna, VA — Wolf Trap
July 6 — Philadelphia, PA — The Mann Music Center
July 7 — Bethel, NY — Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
July 8 — Canandaigua, NY — CMAC
July 11 — New York, NY — Forest Hills Stadium
Aug. 4 — West Allis, WI — Wisconsin State Fair
Aug. 5 — Davenport, IA — Mississippi Valley Fair
Aug. 29 — St Paul, MN — Minnesota State Fair
Aug. 31 — Allentown, PA — The Great Allentown Fair
Sept. 1 — Essex Junction, VT — Champlain Valley Fair

Watch the video for “Easy Target”

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