John Mellencamp 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 smaller-town tour starts in four British Columbia small towns and continues east, including concert performances in Alberta, Saskatchewan, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland. With the exception of Calgary, all the tour stops are in smaller communities like Abbotsford, Moose Jaw and Dartmouth.
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.
Mellencamp will be joined by Canada’s own Cowboy Junkies who are his special guests for this run of dates. The band, since its formation in Toronto in 1985, has been a leading light on the indie scene and brings its signature introspective, quiet intensity to the No Better Than This Tour for the first time this summer.
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 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 and in Savannah, Georgia’s historic First African Baptist Church, a stop on the “underground railroad” for runaway slaves. All of the sessions were documented on a 55-year-old mono tape recorder using just one vintage microphone at each location. Similarly, The Cowboy Junkies debut album, The Trinity Sessions, was recorded using a single microphone at Toronto’s Church of the Holy Trinity.
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John Mellencamp No Better Than This Canada 2012 Tour
Tickets on sale Friday, March 30 at 10 AM except as indicated
June 14 – Penticton, BC – South Okanagan Event Centre
16 – Dawson Creek, BC – EnCana Events Centre
17 – Prince George, BC – CN Centre
19 – Abbotsford, BC – Abbotsford Entertainment and Sports Centre
21 – Calgary, AB – Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
22 – Calgary, AB – Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
24 – Moose Jaw, SK – Mosaic Place
26 – Thunder Bay, ON – Fort William Gardens*
27 – Sudbury, ON – Sudbury Arena**
30 – Summerside, PEI – Credit Union Place
July 3 – Moncton, NB – Moncton Coliseum
4 – Sydney, NS – Centre 200
7 – St John’s, NL – Mile One Centre
9 – Dartmouth, NS – Dartmouth Sportsplex
13 – Sarnia, ON – Sarnia Bayfest Festival***
15 – Oshawa, ON – General Motors Centre
* Tickets on sale Saturday, March 31 at 10 AM
**Tickets on sale Friday, March 30 at 12 Noon
***Tickets on sale Saturday, April 7 at 10 AM