John Mellencamp hits the road again in June for a Sad Clowns & Hillbillies Tour promoting his new album of the same title.
Mellencamp will be joined on the 22-date trek by Carlene Carter, who's featured throughout the album, Emmylou Harris and the duo Lily & Madeleine. The tour kicks off June 4 in Denver and is scheduled through July 11, with tickets on sale for most shows on February 24.
The trek brings Mellencamp back to outdoor amphitheaters, but he tells us he chooses venues very carefully anymore:
"I can't go out in front of 10,000 drunk people and play. There's just nothing there to do for me with that. I'm a musician. I'm a songwriter. You're here to hear music, if that's what you want to do and you think it's worthy. But I'm not here for your folly and you're throwing up, too. I really have no interest in doing that...It's fine if people want to be drunk and dance to music. That's what those (big) places are for, but that's not what I want to do."
Fans who buy tickets online Mellencamp's tour will receive a physical copy of the Sad Clowns & Hillbillies album, which comes out April 21.
The full tour itinerary includes:
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, 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 01 - Lenox, MA - Tanglewood
July 03 - Vienna, VA - Wolf Trap
July 06 - Philadelphia, PA - The Mann Music Center
July 07 - Bethel, NY - Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
July 08 - Canandaigua, NY - CMAC
July 11 - New York, NY - Forest Hills Stadium
August 4 - West Allis, WI - Wisconsin State Fair
August 5 - Davenport, IA - Mississippi Valley Fair
August 29 - St Paul, MN - Minnesota State Fair
August 31 - Allentown, PA - The Great Allentown Fair
September 1 - Essex Junction, VT - Champlain Valley Fair
Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.