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

John Mellencamp at the Louisville Palace

The Hoosier closed out the show with what his website describes as a "full rock set." The six songs were heavy on the hits, including the last three: Pink Houses, ROCK In The USA and Cherry Bomb, which closed out the show in rapid-fire succession.

The one-set concert clocked in at 1 hour 55 minutes, making it the first rock show I remember attending that was shorter than two hours. It's also the first one I can recall (booze, age) where the performer gave no semblance of an encore. Tickets cost $55 to $143 (disclosure: not for me, I had media access).

"It's About You," a 79-minute documentary filmed in Super 8 on Mellencamp's 2009 tour that included footage from his Louisville Slugger Field concert drew a good crowd before the show.

The setlist (with groupings via

Rockabilly/Rootsy Set
1. Authority Song
2. No One Cares About Me
3. Death Letter
4. John Cockers
5. Crumblin' Down
6. Walk Tall
7. Check It Out

Acoustic/Folk Set
8. Save Some Time To Dream
9. Jack and Diane
10. A Ride Back Home (Hey Jesus)
11. Easter Eve
12. Jackie Brown
13. Longest Days
14. Small Town with fiddle/accordion hymn

Full Rock Set:
15. Rain On The Scarecrow
16. Paper In Fire
17. Circling Around The Moon
18. If I Die Sudden
19. What If I Come Knocking
20. Pink Houses
21. ROCK In The USA
22. Cherry Bomb

Mellencamp's band included Michael Wanchic (guitar), Andy York (guitar), Miriam Sturm (violin), John Gunnell (electric and upright bass), Dane Clark (drums and percussion) and Troye Kinnett (accordion/keyboards).

Photo: Zach Everson

About Zach Everson
I'm the travel news/travel buzz editor at MapQuest. Previously, I was a freelance writer, contributing to The Wall Street Journal, Air Canada's enRoute, USA Today, Condé Nast Traveller, BlackBook, Curbed, Gridskipper, Deadspin, and Fox News. I also was the founding editor of Eater Louisville and the director of content and editorial strategy for
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