John Mellencamp nails his hits, plays some other songs, at the Louisville Palace [Music]

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John Mellencamp at the Louisville Palace

He followed the opener with "No One Cares About Me," which could have used a little subtlety in its title (and chorus). Mellencamp broke out a Tom Waits-like voice in this number too, a pitch that came in and out throughout the show. Five songs in, "Crumbling Down" got the still-standing audience to sing along with a vigor that Mellencamp was unable to elicit when he tried with the previous number ("John Cockers").

The momentum carried over to "Check It Out," two songs later:

(For the number of people recording the show with their cameras and cell phones, it's surprising only one video has made it to YouTube).

After a solo performance on the acoustic guitar of "Save Some Time To Dream," Mellencamp rewarded the fans who hadn't gone to the bathroom or beer line with a similarly styled rendition of "Jack & Diane." Mellencamp sang the first verse a cappella, letting the audience take over for the choruses, the result being a mass requieum for a time that'd passed by the largely middle-aged audience. "Small Town" received a similar treatment five songs later.

Mellencamp, typically an outspoken liberal, made no mention of politics last night. The banter was sparse but witty, notably when he shared an anecdote in which while praying together, his grandmother informed God that she and Mellencamp were ready to come home. The rocker, however, piped up that he still had some sinning to do.

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