John Mellencamp Announces 2023 Tour, Expanded ‘Scarecrow’

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John Mellencamp on Sept. 29, 2022 (Photo: Janet Macoska for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame; used with permission)

John Mellencamp has announced a massive North American tour, “Live and In Person 2023.” The celebrated musician shared the news on Sept. 29, 2022, live from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame where he opened his new permanent exhibition, Legends of Rock. He’s also releasing an expanded edition of his 1985 classic, Scarecrow.

The tour of 76 concerts is being produced by AEG Presents and sponsored by Turner Classic Movies, beginning and ending in his home state of Indiana, with two nights in Bloomington, on Feb. 5-6 and concluding with two nights in South Bend, on June 23-24.

Tickets are available here.

Mellencamp’s artifacts at the Rock Hall include the suit worn in promotional photos for his 2003 album Trouble No More, his 1976 Fender Telecaster Custom guitar played onstage extensively and the studio tracking chart for “Jack and Diane” from 1981, as well as an oil painting by Mellencamp himself, Backbone (2022), reworked from a 1993 self-portrait. He was inducted into the Hall in 2008.

Watch Mellencamp perform a favorite at Farm Aid in 2021

A reissue of Mellencamp’s beloved eighth studio album, Scarecrow, featuring the classic rock favorites “Small Town” and “R.O.C.K. in the U.S.A.,” is set for release on Nov. 4 via Mercury/UME. The box set will include two CDs of newly remixed and remastered songs plus previously unreleased bonus tracks and alternate versions, a booklet full of rare photographs and all new liner notes by acclaimed author and music critic Anthony DeCurtis.

Listen to a demo of “Small Town” from the new edition of Scarecrow

On his birthday, Mellencamp shared another bonus track from the expanded edition of Scarecrow, the lyrics video for “Carolina Shag.”

Mellencamp, born Oct. 7, 1951, is a member of the Songwriters Halls of Fame, a recipient of the John Steinbeck Award, ASCAP Foundation’s Champion Award, The Woody Guthrie Award, the Americana Music Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award, and most recently, the Founders Award, the top honor assigned by the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers.

John Mellencamp—Live and In Person 2023 Tour (Tickets are available here and here)
Feb 05—Indiana University Auditorium—Bloomington, IN
Feb 06— Indiana University Auditorium—Bloomington, IN
Feb 08—Ovens Auditorium—Charlotte, NC
Feb 10—Fox Theatre—Atlanta, GA
Feb 11—Jacksonville Center for the Arts | Moran Theater—Jacksonville, FL
Feb 13—Ruth Eckerd Hall—Clearwater, FL
Feb 14—Ruth Eckerd Hall—Clearwater, FL
Feb 15—Ruth Eckerd Hall—Clearwater, FL
Feb 18—Walt Disney Theater at Dr. Phillips Center for the Perf. Arts—Orlando, FL
Feb 19—Walt Disney Theater at Dr. Phillips Center for the Perf. Arts—Orlando, FL
Feb 21—Broward Center for the Performing Arts—Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Feb 22—Broward Center for the Performing Arts—Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Feb 24—Saenger Theatre—New Orleans, LA
Feb 25—Smart Financial Centre—Sugar Land, TX
Feb 26—Majestic Theatre—San Antonio, TX
Feb 28—Bass Concert Hall—Austin, TX
Mar 01—Texas Trust CU Theatre at Grand Prairie—Dallas, TX
Mar 11—Keller Auditorium—Portland, OR
Mar 13—Orpheum—Vancouver, BC
Mar 14—Orpheum—Vancouver, BC
Mar 15—Paramount Theatre—Seattle, WA
Mar 17—Golden Gate Theatre—San Francisco, CA
Mar 18—Golden Gate Theatre—San Francisco, CA
Mar 19—Saroyan Theatre—Fresno, CA
Mar 21—SAFE Credit Union Performing Arts Center—Sacramento, CA
Mar 22—Dolby Theatre—Los Angeles, CA
Mar 24—Encore Theater at Wynn Las Vegas—Las Vegas, NV
Mar 25—Encore Theater at Wynn Las Vegas —Las Vegas, NV
Mar 27—Ellie Caulkins Opera House—Denver, CO
Apr 03—The Midland Theatre—Kansas City, MO
Apr 04—The Midland Theatre—Kansas City, MO
Apr 06—State Theatre—Minneapolis, MN
Apr 07—State Theatre—Minneapolis, MN
Apr 08—State Theatre—Minneapolis, MN
Apr 10—The Riverside Theater—Milwaukee, WI
Apr 11—The Riverside Theater—Milwaukee, WI
Apr 13—Chicago Theatre—Chicago, IL
Apr 14—Chicago Theatre—Chicago, IL
Apr 17—The Kentucky Center—Louisville, KY
Apr 18—The Kentucky Center—Louisville, KY
Apr 19—Peoria Civic Center Theater—Peoria, IL
Apr 21—Stifel Theatre—St. Louis, MO
Apr 22—Stifel Theatre—St. Louis, MO
Apr 24—Orpheum Theatre—Memphis, TN
Apr 25—Orpheum Theatre—Memphis, TN
May 05—Old National Events Plaza—Evansville, IN
May 06—Old National Events Plaza—Evansville, IN
May 08—Ryman Auditorium—Nashville, TN
May 09—Ryman Auditorium—Nashville, TN
May 10—Ryman Auditorium—Nashville, TN
May 12—Aronoff Center—Cincinnati, OH
May 13—Aronoff Center—Cincinnati, OH
May 15—Embassy Theatre—Ft. Wayne, IN
May 16—Embassy Theatre—Ft. Wayne, IN
May 17—Palace Theatre—Columbus, OH
May 19—Peace Center—Greenville, SC
May 20—DPAC —Durham, NC
May 22—Benedum Center—Pittsburgh, PA
May 23—Benedum Center—Pittsburgh, PA
May 25—Playhouse Square—Cleveland, OH
May 26—Playhouse Square—Cleveland, OH
Jun 02—The Lyric—Baltimore, MD
Jun 3—Kimmel Cultural Campus—Philadelphia, PA
Jun 5—Beacon Theatre—New York, NY
Jun 6—Beacon Theatre—New York, NY
Jun 7—Beacon Theatre—New York, NY
Jun 10—Boch Center – Wang Theatre—Boston, MA
Jun 11—Providence Performing Arts Center—Providence, RI
Jun 13—Palace Theatre—Albany, NY
Jun 14—Landmark Theatre—Syracuse, NY
Jun 16—Shea’s Performing Arts Center—Buffalo, NY
Jun 17—Masonic Temple Theatre—Detroit, MI
Jun 19—Massey Hall—Toronto, ON
Jun 21—DeVos Performance Hall—Grand Rapids, MI
Jun 23—Morris Performing Arts Center—South Bend, IN
Jun 24—Morris Performing Arts Center—South Bend, IN

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