By Bob Grossweiner and Jane Cohen

John Mellencamp’s fall tour, which begins Oct. 26, has been augmented with an additional series of concert dates that resume after Thanksgiving weekend and continue through Dec. 15. In all, the tour will find Mellencamp performing in 18 states at 24 different venues.

As with the tour’s first leg, Los Lobos, the East Los Angeles rock band that has crossed cultural and generational boundaries for more than 30 years, will join Mellencamp on the bill for the new dates. Collaborations between Los Lobos — Cesar Rosas, Louie Pérez, Steve Berlin, Conrad Lozano and David Hidalgo – and Mellencamp are anticipated.

“These shows are all about the music and the songs,” said Mellencamp in a statement. “That’s the essence of what we’ll be bringing.”

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Mellencamp is currently in Bloomington, IN at Belmont Mall Studios in intensive rehearsals with his band — Mike Wanchic, (guitar), Andy York (guitar), Dane Clark (drums), John Gunnell (bass), Miriam Sturm (violin) and Troye Kinnett (keyboards) — who have been working together almost continually since early August when they participated in recording sessions for the new album, as yet untitled. One of the songs recorded for the album is “Jena,” that has been released this week as a streaming video, which focuses on the the current Louisiana court case that has drawn a lot of attention.

In keeping with a policy that started more than 10 years ago, members of the official John Mellencamp fan club will have first crack at premium tickets.

John Mellencamp / LosLobos itinarary:

Oct. 26 Terre Haute, IN – Hulman Center
27 Champaign, IL – Assembly Center
28 Louisville, KY – Freedom Hall
30 Grand Rapids, MI – Van Andel Area

Nov. 1 Ft. Wayne, IN – Memorial Coliseum
2 Toledo, OH – Seagate Convention Centre
3 Indianapolis, IN – Conseco Field House
6 Madison, WI – Alliant Energy Center
7 Mankato, MN – Alltel Center
9 Des Moines, IA – Wells Fargo Arena
10 Sioux City, IA – Tyson Events Center
11 Omaha, NE — Qwest Center
14 Rockford, IL – Metrocentre
15 St. Louis, MO – Scottrade Center
29 Erie, PA – Louis J. Tullio Arena
30 State College, PA – Bryce Jordan Center

Dec. 1 Wilkes Barre, PA – Wachovia Center
4 Rochester, NY – Blue Cross Arena
6 Manchester, NH – Verizon Wireless Arena
7 Uncasville, CT – Mohegan Sun Arena
8 Albany, NY – Times Union Center
11 Portland, ME – Cumberland Country Civic Center
13 Providence, RI – Dunkin Donuts Arena
15 Atlantic City, NJ – Borgata Events Center