John Mellencamp fans take note — the man himself will be on hand tomorrow (September 29th) at Cleveland’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for “John Mellencamp Fan Day.”
The Legends Of Rock: John Mellencamp exhibit features induction footage from the Rock Hall vault, a career defining Mellencamp playlist played throughout the Museum, with Mellencamp playing a special performance set to air live on iHeartMedia stations where he’ll be talking about the Rock Hall exhibit and making a tour announcement.
With well over 45 years in business, we asked John Mellencamp how he sees himself and the state of his career in the present day: “Fortunate — but unlucky. Unlucky enough to be a rock star. Y’know, you turn on the radio and you hear ‘Pink Houses’ for the 9,000th time, and you assume that’s all that John Mellencamp does. Led Zeppelin was a lot more than ‘Stairway To Heaven,’ but, y’know, that’s what you hear. Y’know, it’s not just me — y’know, the Rolling Stones are always more than ‘Honky Tonk Women.’ Bob Seger was always more than, y’know, ‘Night Moves,’ but sorry — that’s all you hear all the time. Of course you and I know that rock is over. We’ve had our 40 years. And so now, it’s just total freedom to me. I don’t have to listen to anybody (laughs), I don’t do — y’know, do exactly what I wanna do.”