John Mellencamp Warns Audience “Shut The F**k Up” Or He’ll Leave

John Mellencamp Warns Audience “Shut The F**k Up” Or He’ll Leave | Society Of Rock Videos

John Mellencamp, known for his unwavering position in classic rock, has dedicated many years to establishing himself as a prominent figure in the genre. He has shown a willingness to embrace a fully confrontational attitude when necessary.

This was evident in his recent concert in Cleveland on May 25, where he sternly cautioned the audience that he would curtail the show if they failed to maintain silence.

The musician visited Playhouse Square during his ongoing Live and in Person tour, expressing his expectations for the crowd even before his performance began. As reported by Cleveland Scene, the theater displayed signs in the lobby cautioning attendees to adhere to proper theater etiquette.

After starting the show with a 30-minute montage of classic movies, Mellencamp promptly conveyed his dislike for audience members screaming, emphasizing:

“I don’t like people screaming from the fucking audience.”

However, despite the incident where Mellencamp seemingly criticized the United States, a bold attendee couldn’t resist shouting at him to “play the fucking music.” This sparked a heated response from Mellencamp. He told the audience:

“Listen, hey, you guys, if these people don’t shut the fuck up I’m just going to leave, OK?

“Because I’m not used to this crap. Look, guys, if I wanted to play in this type of drunken environment, I’d play outside or I’d play in an arena.”

During a concert in Grand Prairie, Texas, the artist who sang “Pink Houses” gave a comparable cautionary message. According to the Dallas Observer, before the acoustic section of the show, the singer instructed the audience, saying:

“This is the quiet part, so keep your fucking mouth shut.”

However, a woman in the crowd disobeyed and called out the singer’s name. In response, Mellencamp angrily answered back:

“What did I just fucking say? But thank you.”

Mellencamp initiated the Live and in Person tour in the beginning of February. The extensive journey consists of 76 dates and is set to wrap up on June 24 in South Bend, Indiana. On June 2, he will unveil his 25th album, titled Orpheus Descending. In the lead single, “Hey God,” the 71-year-old songwriter earnestly appealed for an end to gun violence, while his subsequent single, “The Eyes of Portland,” expressed sorrow over the homelessness crisis.

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