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Mellencamp talks, sings

Wednesday, July 14, 2010 – John Mellencamp will do something a little different in August. He will appear Aug. 17 at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles for an onstage interview and performance the same day his new T-Bone Burnett-produced album, "No Better Than This" (Rounder Records), is released.

"Without a doubt, John Mellencamp is one of America's greatest storytellers, so The Grammy Museum is especially honored to welcome him to our stage," said Executive Director Robert Santelli, who will moderate the evening. "A constant innovator and student of musical legacies before him, we are especially excited to offer fans the chance to hear from him in such a personal and profound way."

Before an audience of 200 in the Museum's Clive Davis Theater, Mellencamp will field Santelli's questions about his career, social activism and the circumstances and locations that provided context for the new album. After the interview, Mellencamp will take questions from the audience and perform a few of his songs.

American Express presale tickets are $40 and can be purchased on Ticketmaster.com by American Express Cardmembers starting Thursday, July 15, (limit 4 tickets per person). Ticket purchase also includes a copy of "No Better Than This." All proceeds benefit The GRAMMY Museum.

Mellencamp also is again joining Bob Dylan and his band visiting the Western USA. Tour dates are:
Aug. .8 Lincoln NE - Haymarket Park
Aug. .11 Billings MT - Dehler Park
Aug. .12 Casper WY - Mike Lansing Field
Aug. .18 Las Vegas NV - Caesars Palace
Aug. .19 Ontario CA - Citizens Business Bank Arena
Aug. .27 Bend OR - Les Schwab Amphitheatre
Aug. .28 Troutdale OR - Edgefield
Aug. .29 Troutdale OR - Edgefield
Aug. .31 Missoula MT - Ogren Park @ Allegiance Field
Sept. 1 Post Falls ID - Greyhound Park
Sept. 3 Yakima WA - Yakima County Stadium

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