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
Rep. Terry Goodin, D-Austin, said he sponsored the proposal to honor Mellencamp, who grew up in Seymour and found inspiration there for many of his songs, including “Jack and Diane” and “Small Town.”
“John Mellencamp’s music resonates with so many people, regardless of culture or background,” Goodin said. “His loyalty to the state of Indiana is undeniable. Not only is his band predominantly made up of Hoosier musicians, but his music reflects the heart and soul of this state.”
In addition to his music, Mellencamp helped organize the first Farm Aid concert to raise money and awareness to help family farmers stay on their land. He also has supported Indiana University and lives in Bloomington.
“His body of work and his actions on behalf of mankind has brought positive attention to Indiana,” Goodin said. “I believe that naming a portion of the highway in his honor is a fitting tribute for his many successes.”
The newly named portion of interstate would stretch from Exit 34 to Exit 50.
The House Roads and Transportation Committee approved the resolution 13-0. It now moves to the full House.
If approved, Mellencamp should take the inaugural spin on his namesake highway in a “Rumble Seat.”
Get on to booking your Albury accommodation..…don’t leave it too late.
See you there!
We’re heading across the border into NSW…
Your night’s sorted seeing Scarecrow – The Mellencamp Show at the SS&A Club, but check out the Albury-Wodonga Visitors website to see what else you can get up to, on both sides of the border & make it a great weekend getaway!
Catch our live show and relive those heady days when songs like “Hurt So Good”, “Cherry Bomb” “Pink Houses” and “Lonely O’l Night” were the anthems of a generation and now the Classic hits of today.
Looking forward to rocking Albury town!