June 5th–September 3rd
It took some convincing to get Mellencamp on board for his first outdoor amphitheater tour since 2005. "I don't like playing for people drinking, fighting, trying to pick up girls," he says. To make it more tolerable, he has invited Emmylou Harris, Jewel and Carlene Carter to open and join him onstage. Expect lots of new material and Dylanesque re-imaginings of old songs. "I always play 'Jack and Diane,' but not in the way people know," he says. "I'm not a fucking jukebox."