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Coliseum lands Mellencamp
Coliseum lands Mellencamp

BLOOMINGTON - Indiana rocker John Mellencamp will make a tour stop at the U.S. Cellular Coliseum in April. Mellencamp is the second big-name act announced to play at the Coliseum in as many days. On Wednesday, Central Illinois Arena Management announced pop singer Sheryl Crow will be the opening act for the $37 million city building.

The April 13 concert date was posted to Mellencamp's Web site Thursday evening in an announcement for his spring 2006 tour for his "Words & Music" album.

Mike Nelson from the arena management group confirmed Mellencamp's concert date.

No ticket prices have been set, and a sale date is pending.

"We are excited that we have another great show to announce," Nelson said. "We are thrilled with promoters' response to our venue."

The 7,000-seat Coliseum, 101 S. Madison St., is under construction but is expected to be completed in time for Crow's concert March 31.

The management company did not specifically seek out Mellencamp, Nelson said, but it worked out with the routing of his tour.

"We will have an outstanding opening month that will prove that we can have first-class shows at a first-class facility," Nelson said. "If we prove ourselves, promoters will come back."

Mellencamp's "Words & Music" album includes his latest single, "Walk Tall." The album also includes 10 of Mellencamp's Top 10 hits.

Mellencamp, under the name John Cougar, first hit the Top 10 in 1979 with his single "I Need a Lover," according to his Web site.

He had a string of hits in the 1980s and 1990s with songs such as "Jack & Diane,â€" "Pink Houses," "Wild Night" and "Key West Intermezzo (I Saw You First)."

Following the release of his album "Scarecrow" in 1985, Mellencamp, a Seymour, Ind. native, became an outspoken advocate of the American farmer, organizing Farm Aid with Willie Nelson and Neil Young, according to his biography posted on the Web site for VH1, a rock music network.

The United Indoor Football team the Bloomington Extreme will play its home opener April 1.

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