A dream came true tonight for fans of what they used to called heartland-rock, as arguably the two leading icons of the genre, Bruce Springsteen and John Mellencamp, sang Springsteen’s “Glory Days” and Mellencamp’s “Pink Houses” together at the Beacon Theatre in New York. You can watch video of the songs, below.
The numbers were part of a benefit concert for the Rainforest Fund organized by Sting. The theme of the evening was hits from the ’80s and ’90s.
Other numbers included Robert Palmer’s “Addicted to Love” (sung by Robert Downey Jr.), the Elvis Costello hit “What’s So Funny (‘Bout Peace, Love and Understanding)” (performed by Bob Geldof) and Peter Gabriel’s “Sledgehammer” (performed by Sting). Springsteen also performed “Dancing in the Dark” and took part in the ensemble finale, “Don’t Stop Believing.”
Other performers included Eurythmics, James Taylor, Deborah Harry and Shaggy.
Springsteen and Mellencamp have been linked in many ways through the years.
Sting has been presenting all-star Rainforest Fund benefits in New York — always, before this year, at Carnegie Hall — since 1989. It’s not an annual event but he has done 18 of them over those 30 years.
Trudie Styler — Sting’s wife, Rainforest Fund co-founder and the producer of the concert — said in a statement: “With the Amazon blighted by fire this summer, and a real and growing awareness of climate change, there has never been a more important or more opportune moment to fight to protect our forests. All life on earth depends on their survival.”
Thanks to Spring-Nuts for posting this video to YouTube. It starts with Mellencamp performing “Jack & Diane” by himself, and then “Pink Houses” with Springsteen
We had a sensational night at Mulwala Ski Club last night, thanks to everyone who travelled both near & far to join us. We’re thrilled to be returning next January for our first Mellencamp Show for 2020. It’ll be during the busy holiday season, so best get on to booking accommodation if you’re gonna be with us…in the ‘Small Town’ of Mulwala. Mulwala Water Ski Club
156 Melbourne St, Mulwala, NSW
We’re excited to be performing the Ultimate American Rock Show & ringin’ in the New Year with John, Tom, Bruce, Bob, Stevie, Linda, the Doobies & many more; you gonna join in the celebrations? Jump online to grab your tickets, as they’ll go quickly! We’ve got a couple of sets of amazing US hits lined up, then an extra set of party favourites to see in 2020. Hope you’ll join us at the Bright Brewery, in the gorgeous town of Bright.Bright Brewery
121 Great Alpine Road, Bright, Vic
Join us at ‘Club Sandbelt‘ Saturday 23rd November, to relive those days ‘when a sport was a sport’ and groovin’ was groovin’, and dancin’ meant everything. ‘We were young and we were improvin’, ‘Laughin’ laughin’ with our friends and ‘Holding hands meant somethin’ baby’….let’s do it at The Sandbelt in just a couple of weeks!
SEYMOUR, Ind. (WTHR) — He was raised in a small town and now Seymour, Indiana, America’s small town, is fully embracing that.
The town is honoring John Mellencamp, the hometown boy who made it to the big time, with a bigger than life tribute.
“We love it. It’s great,” passerbys said referring to a 35-foot-tall mural of Mellencamp painted by Pamela Bliss.
“I feel like they should have done something like this a long time ago,” Bliss said. “It’s not everyday you get a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee from your town. And the influence he has had on American culture.”
The mural is painted on the side of the This Old Guitar Music Store at the corner of 2nd Street and Indianapolis Avenue, and it’s already turning into quite the attraction.
In the right hand corner of the building the mural has a depiction of a young Mellencamp wearing his FFA jacket. The left side of the mural is a large painting of Mellencamp holding a guitar.
The owner of This Old Guitar Music Store, Larry McDonald, said Mellencamp approved everything included in the mural.
McDonald started pushing this idea five years ago. The city finally approved it this year.
“He is in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. It’s a big big deal. It’s a big deal to me,” McDonald said.
And now it’s a big deal to everyone.
“I worked on his face for four days and everyday it looked like him, but it wasn’t John and finally the last day it was John,” Bliss said.
She started painting the mural a little over a month ago and she says she will be done sometime this weekend.
To see more of Bliss’s work visit www.pamelabliss.gallery.
Check out the video of John visiting the site here: https://www.wthr.com/article/city-seymour-honors-john-mellencamp-larger-life-tribute?fbclid=IwAR2e5jsNQ-SmEWJGjw2jVEsYYsXOS_guV2NkUIORCZKZTClw0vm_rcZ7bNo
Scarecrow return to Mulwala for the ‘Cod Classic’ weekend this December, this time with the Ultimate American Rock Show…never before has there been as much excitement in the lead up to a fishing competition as that shown in the lead up to this year’s “20th Anniversary Yamaha Cod Classic”. The Cod Classic celebrates the opening to Cod season and is an iconic event on the Australian fishing calendar, one not to be missed. December 6th, 7th & 8th will see the twin towns of Yarrawonga & Mulwala come alive with 3000+ fisho’s expected to descend on Lake Mulwala – “The home of the Murray Cod!” Join us for a night of Americana classic hits at the Mulwala Water Ski Club.
Mulwala Water Ski Club
156 Melbourne Street, Mulwala, NSW
Musically authentic, visually electrifying and on a scale of one to ten, the energy meter is off the charts, if that sounds like your kind of night, then Scarecrow is absolutely right for you! High energy and great music is exactly what Scarecrow – The Mellencamp Show deliver & they’ll be doing just that next month at The Sandbelt Hotel. Put a call out to your fellow Mellencamp fans & head on down…
Not sure what to do this year for New Years Eve?
Join us in the gorgeous town of Bright, to ring in the New Year, in North Eastern Victoria. We’re excited to be performing the Ultimate American Rock Show; those US iconic hits you know & love at the Bright Brewery New Year’s Eve, Tuesday 31st December.
Better jump online quickly to book your accommodation, as it all goes pretty quickly at that time of year! Hope to see your gorgeous faces…Bright Brewery
121 Great Alpine Road, Bright, Vic