John Mellencamp is at the start of a busy concert season, as he splits his time between supporting a fellow American music legend and...

John Mellencamp is at the start of a busy concert season, as he splits his time between supporting a fellow American music legend and launching a new headlining tour of his own. The first leg of the No Better Than This Tour will kick off October 29 at Indiana University Auditorium in Bloomington, IN, and continues through a November 26-27 stand at Chicago Theatre in Chicago, IL.

The 16-date Midwestern itinerary includes shows on November 3 at Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN; November 8 at Clowes Memorial Hall in Indianapolis, IN; and November 19 at Fox Theatre in Detroit, MI. More national dates will be announced in the near future, with the tour expected to extend through spring 2011.

Public ticket sales for the fall leg begin August 14 in all markets except two. Pittsburgh onsales start August 20, while the box office opens in Chicago later on August 27. Promoter AEG Live has not announced ticket prices for most dates of the tour, though concerts in Kansas City and Detroit are both set in the $42 to $125 range.

The tour promotes Mellencamp’s latest studio album, “No Better Than This,” scheduled for release on August 17.

Mellencamp recently joined Bob Dylan’s summer tour, with a total of 11 appearances slated. His next date with Dylan is August 11 at Dehler Park in Billings, MT, and the two will part ways after a September 3 concert at Yakima County Stadium in Yakima, WA.

Following the stint with Dylan and before kicking off his own tour, Mellencamp will be back on stage for an October 2 appearance at Farm Aid 25, which he co-founded in 1985 with Willie Nelson and Neil Young. The benefit concert for American farm families will be held this year at Miller Park in Milwaukee, WI.

John Mellencamp itinerary:
(Dates are subject to change.)

October 29Bloomington, INIndiana University Auditorium
November 1Cincinnati, OHMusic Hall
November 3Nashville, TNRyman Auditorium
November 5Kansas City, MOThe Midland by AMC
November 6St. Louis, MOFabulous Fox Theatre
November 8Indianapolis, INClowes Memorial Hall
November 11Indianapolis, INHinkle Fieldhouse
November 13South Bend, INMorris Performing Arts Center
November 16Fort Wayne, INEmbassy Theatre
November 17Cleveland, OHPalace Theatre
November 19Detroit, MIFox Theatre
November 20Pittsburgh, PAHeinz Hall
November 22 – 23Minneapolis, MNOrpheum Theatre
November 26 – 27Chicago, ILChicago Theatre