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AEG Live Announces John Mellencamp Extends Critically Acclaimed Plain Spoken Tour

ASCAP Founders Award Recipient Announces Final Leg of National Tour Having

Played Over 100 Sold-Out Shows To Date

Tuesday, October 18 at Hershey Theatre

Tickets on Sale Friday, April 29 at 12 PM

New York, NY – John Mellencamp's Plain Spoken Tour has been called "a triumphant, career-spanning show" (Hollywood Reporter) and a "superb performance...still full of fiery defiance" (Boston Globe). The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer launched the tour in early 2015 to support his critically-acclaimed 22nd studio album 'Plain Spoken' and extended with dates through Spring 2016 due to overwhelming fan demand. Following a run of more than 100 sold-out shows, Mellencamp announced today the seventh and final leg of the Plain Spoken Tour, with support artist Carlene Carter, kicking off October 11 at the Hanover Theater in Worcester, MA.

Tickets for this show are $49.50, $89.50, and $122.50 (processing fees apply and there is an eight-ticket limit). They are available at Hershey Theatre. They can be charged by phone at 717-534-3405 or 800-745-3000, and online at www.HersheyEntertainment.com or www.TicketMaster.com.

The tour will see The GRAMMY winner travel to 13 intimate venues across the country performing songs from his 22-studio album catalogue. Praised as "arguably the most important roots rocker of his generation," Mellencamp's illustrious career has spanned more than four decades and continues to endure. The performance at legendary The Chicago Theatre on Tuesday, October 25 will mark the return to Chicago where he performed two previous sold-out shows, and this concert will be filmed to capture Mellencamp's spectacular showmanship on-stage.

ASCAP is set to honor MELLENCAMP with the prestigious Founders Award at the Annual ASCAP Pop Music Awards on April 27. The award recognizes pioneering ASCAP songwriters who have made exceptional contributions to music by inspiring and influencing their fellow music creators. Past recipients have included Bob Dylan, Billy Joel, Paul McCartney, Annie Lennox and others. The very same evening, Mellencamp will appear on Jimmy Kimmel Live.

Produced by AEG Live, the Fall 2016 leg of the Plain Spoken Tour will go on sale Fri., April. 29 and VIP tickets will be available at mellencamp.com and aeglive.com .

Praise for Plain Spoken Tour:
"The bluesy rock and roll voice that made him a Hall of Famer has a bit of extra gravel these days. But one thing that hasn't changed about John Mellencamp, as he proved Jan. 27 on the first of a two-night stand at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium, is that he puts on one of the most electrifying rock shows in the business." - AXS

"Friday night at a sold-out Louisville Palace, the 63-year-old Mellencamp had his share of fun — he's always been a consummate showman — but there was an underlying richness to his set that was far more impressive."- Louisville Courier Journal

JOHN MELLENCAMP Mellencamp's career in music, spanning more than 35 years, has seen him transition from pop star to one of the most highly regarded songwriters of a generation. The Voice of The Heartland continued to evolve artistically with Plain Spoken, John's 22nd full length album. Mellencamp is incredibly acclaimed. He is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, a Grammy winner, a recipient of the John Steinbeck Award, ASCAP Foundation's Champion Award, The Woody Guthrie Award, and Americana Music Association's Lifetime Achievement Award. Also, will John receives the prestigious ASCAP Founders Award - another milestone in his brilliant career? He also is one of the most successful live concert performers in the world. The social activism reflected in his songs helped catalyze Farm Aid, the concert series and organization that has addressed the struggle of American family farmers for more than 25 years. The unique instrumentation of his band and his poignant songs about everyday life in the American heartland, are widely credited with being the forbearer of the Americana/No Depression genre of rural-inflected music. The Ghost Brothers of Darkland County is a musical with music and lyrics by John Mellencamp, a libretto by author Stephen King and production by T Bone Burnett. The musical completed two successful tours in North America and is currently in workshop in London. John Mellencamp completed an 80-city tour in North American in 2015, and is continuing the journey for more lucky fans in 2016.

The wristband policy will be in effect for this concert. Fans are permitted on the Hersheypark Entertainment Complex property beginning at 7 AM on Friday, April 29. Two hours prior to the on-sale, fans will be directed in front of Hershey Theatre Box Office, where they will be issued a numbered wristband. Wristbands are available for one hour, and at the conclusion of that hour, a selected fan will randomly choose a wristband that will determine the line order. For example: If 1,000 wristbands are issued during that hour and the number 500 is selected, the person wearing wristband 500 will be the first person in line. Numbers 501 to 1,000 will proceed in line behind, followed by numbers 1 through 499. Once the line is in place, fans arriving after the wristbands were issued will be escorted to the end of the numbered line.


Kathy Burrows