Thursday, July 28, 2011

Mellencamp's rock and doc come to the PAC

Tickets go on sale this week for veteran rocker John Mellencamp's show

Posted by T. Ballard Lesemann on Thu, Jul 28, 2011 at 4:29 PM


John Mellencamp

The North Charleston Performing Arts Center announced another big fall concert. Veteran Americana rocker John Mellencamp (formerly known as John Cougar) and his band will bring their No Better Than This tour the PAC on Wed. Nov. 9 at 7 p.m.

The singer/songwriter scored a series of radio hits in in early and mid '80s, including “I Need a Lover,” “Ain’t Even Done With the Night,” “Hurts So Good,” “Jack & Diane,” “Crumblin’ Down,” “Pink Houses,” “Small Town,” and “Rain on the Scarecrow,” among many others.

Mellencamp worked with producer T Bone Burnett at Sun Studio in Memphis on his critically acclaimed No Better Than This album. The tour began last year in Indiana. It just returned home from a run in the U.K. and Europe, and it’s currently winding across the U.S. and Canada — including a stop in Savannah, Ga., at the Johnny Mercer Theater on Nov. 11.

The concerts are formatted into three segments, including an acoustic set, a set with a small combo, and a full-on rock band set. Before the singer and his band hit the stage, they’ll present a screening of It’s About You, a new documentary by filmmakers Kurt and Ian Markus. Shot on super-8 film over the course of 2009’s Bob Dylan-John Mellencamp-Willie Nelson tour of minor league baseball stadiums, the hour-long film “chronicles the creation of the No Better Than This album that was recorded on that tour’s off days."

Reserved seats for the Mellencamp show go on sale on Fri. Aug. 5 at 10 a.m. for $125, $90, $70, and $40 at the box office, Ticketmaster outlets (including select Publix stores), by phone at (800) 745-3000, and online at Visit and for more info.

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