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Review: John Mellencamp brings heartland heat to Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater




John Mellencamp got a little experimental during his concert Friday night at Ruth Eckerd Hall, reinventing hits like Jack and Diane and Small Town. But all in all, writes Sean Daly, his show was an action-packed, no-holds-barred romp through the career of an iconoclastic rock star: 

With a celeb-packed crowd of 2,183 (including new gal pal Meg Ryan) robustly cheering him on — especially when he uncorked slick James Brown dance moves — the Hall of Famer and his six-piece band slugged tirelessly for more than two hours, unloading rarities, songs from new album No Better Than This and a smattering of hits, many of which were retooled to wild, imaginative degrees. (Jack & Diane as a frisky barn dance? Sure, why not.)

Click here for Sean's full review.

-- Photo: Douglas R. Clifford, tbt*

[Last modified: Saturday, March 5, 2011 1:26am]


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