Thursday, June 14, 2012 at 7:30 p.m.
The South Okanagan Events Centre is pleased to welcome rock icon JOHN MELLENCAMP with special guest Cowboy Junkies Thursday June 14th 2012 at 7:30 P.M.
John Mellencamp, named "the poet laureate of the interstate" by Cam Fuller writing for The Saskatoon Star Phoenix, brings his No Better Than This Tour for a cross Canada trek, from west to east, over the course of five weeks starting mid-June. The tour starts in British Columbia and continues east, including concert performances in Alberta, Saskatchewan, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland. Mellencamp will be joined by Canada’s own Cowboy Junkies who are his special guests for this run of dates.
Over the course of the past two years, the tour has crisscrossed the United States, played dates in Ireland, England, Germany, France, Netherlands, Denmark, Switzerland and Italy. Last year the tour played twelve Canadian dates that trek notable for both enthusiastic audience response and capacity crowds. The new dates are a reflection of the success of that earlier leg of the tour. His long-time touring band including
Michael Wanchic (guitar), Andy York (guitar), Miriam Sturm (violin), John Gunnell (electric and upright bass), Dane Clark (drums and percussion) and Troye Kinnett (accordion/keyboards) will be on hand for the upcoming NBTT Canada dates.
The show Mellencamp is bringing to Canada in June and July will include repertoire reflective of his entire career as well as music from No Better Than This, his recent critically acclaimed album that was produced by T Bone Burnett and recorded at Savannah, Georgia’s historic First African Baptist Church, a stop on the “underground railroad” for runaway slaves, at Sun Studio in Memphis where Elvis Presley, Howlin’ Wolf, Johnny Cash and many others originally recorded as well as in Room 414 of San Antonio's Gunter Hotel where Robert Johnson recorded in 1936. All of the sessions were documented on a 55-year-old mono tape recorder using just one vintage microphone at each location