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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Mellencamp on 80's reunion, current band

Posted By on Wed, Nov 10, 2010 at 10:57 PM

As he gets set to play to four times as many fans at Hinkle Fieldhouse as he did at the 2,200 seat Clowes Hall earlier in the week, I want to reference a recent interview John Mellencamp did, commenting on info we had in a NUVO story concerning the possibility of his mid 80's band reforming for an album. That info came from a June interview with Mellencamp's former guitar player Larry Crane, as Crane was prepping for a return to Indiana from his Florida home for a series of shows.
(read original interview)

Mellencamp talked to fellow writer David Lindquist of the Indy Star, as the rocker readied for his shows in Indianapolis this week.

“I got no bones with any of those guys anymore,” Mellencamp told Lindquist . “If there’s a tenuous relationship, it’s probably between me and Larry — but I’m sure he’s mature enough and I’m mature enough. I know what would happen if we got into a room. I’d look at him, he’d look at me and I’d say, ‘Let’s go.’ That would be the end of it: ‘Let’s go to work.’”

In the story on his blog, Lindquist wrote that Mellencamp has shelved any reunion because he doesn’t want to give the impression that a tour with Crane, Myers and Aronoff would follow.

“This is the best rock band in America right now,” he said of Wanchic, guitarist Andy York, violin player Miriam Sturm, drummer Dane Clark, bass player Jon Gunnell and keyboard player Troye Kinnett. “Why would I abandon them?”
(read full interview)

Sounds to me like Mellencamp is fully committed to the current project and band, and that we may also get a shot at hearing the old band one more time when this tour concludes, be it early next year or otherwise.

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