For the first time in 15 years, John Mellencamp will tour Australia and New Zealand with special guest Sheryl Crow, who will be returning...

For the first time in 15 years, John Mellencamp will tour Australia and New Zealand with special guest Sheryl Crow, who will be returning to Australia for the first time since 1997. The 10-day trek starts on November 15 in Sandalford, AUS and winds down on December 7 in Christchurch, NZ.

Mellencamp has sold nearly 2 million units in Australia over his career; he will perform his hits as well as debuting material from his brand new album “Life, Death, Love & Freedom” to be released on July 12. He will bring with him his touring band; Mike Wancic – his veteran guitarist of 30 years, keyboardist Troye Kinnet, violinist Miriam Sturm, drummer Dane Clark, guitarist Andy York and bassist John Gunnell.

Mellencamp was inducted earlier this year into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and this past December received the ASCAP Foundation’s Champion Award in recognition of the his outstanding use of music in the service of humanity. He continues to headline the annual Farm Aid event in the USA that he co-founded with Willie Nelson.

Crow will also perform her hits; “All I Wanna Do,” ‘If It Makes You Happy” plus feature material from her album “Detours” released earlier this year. There will also be a Sheryl Crow Live DVD released to coincide with the tour.

Shane Nicholson will be the special guest at the Australian indoor shows. He first came to prominence with Brisbane band Pretty Violet Stain and then released two solo albums: “It’s a Movie” in 2003 and “Faith & Science” in 2006. Most recently he co-wrote, performed and co-produced the number one Australian album “Rattlin Bones” with his wife and music partner Kasey Chambers.

Tickets will go on sale for all events on July 7.

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John Mellencamp/Sheryl Crow itinerary:
(Dates subject to change)

November 15An Evening On The GreenSandalford, WA (special guest: Toby)
November 19Adelaide Entertainment CentreHindmarsh, SA (special guest: Shane Nicholson)
November 21Rod Laver ArenaMelbourne, VIC (special guest: Shane Nicholson)
November 22A Day On The GreenRochford Wines, Yarra Valley, ViC (special guest: The Vandas)
November 25Brisbane Entertainment CentreBrisbane, QLD (special guest: Shane Nicholson)
November 28Acer ArenaSydney, NSW (special guest: Shane Nicholson)
November 29A Day On The GreenBimbadgen Estate, Hunter Valley, NSW (special guest: Felicity Urquhart)
December 3Vector ArenaAuckland, NZ (special guest: Gin Wigmore)
December 6A Day On The GreenAlana Estate Winery, Wellington NZ (special guest: Gin Wigmore)
December 7A Day On The GreenMudhouse Winery, Christchurch NZ (special guest: Gin Wigmore)

Last Updated on June 29, 2008 by By Bob Grossweiner & Jane Cohen