Mellencamp Defends Higher Ticket Prices

March 3 [Updated 10:00 EST] -- John Mellencamp told the Associated Press that fans who think a $75 ticket is too steep for the singer's current theater tour should just stay home.

"I've got one thing to say to them... Don't come," Mellencamp told the AP.

Mellencamp, who kicks off his theater tour March 10 in Detroit, reportedly said that despite the smaller size of the venues, fans would still be getting the full-blown Mellencamp experience.

"It's not like I'm one guy standing out there under a couple of spotlights. This is the whole band, the whole production," Mellencamp told the AP.

And, with production costs still high, fewer tickets mean higher prices. Mellencamp reportedly noted that the larger price tags do not mean a big payday for him. "I'm making less money, rest assured," Mellencamp told reporters.

If you don't mind paying more, you can check out Mellencamp at the following venues:

  • 3/10 - Detroit, MI @ Fox Theatre
  • 3/12

    - Detroit, MI @ Fox Theatre

  • 3/13 - Detroit, MI @ Fox Theatre
  • 3/16 - Wallingford, CT @ Oakdale Theatre
  • 3/17 - Wallingford, CT @ Oakdale Theatre
  • 3/18 - Wallingford, CT @ Oakdale Theatre
  • 3/21 - Boston, MA @ Orpheum Theatre
  • 3/22 - Boston, MA @ Orpheum Theatre
  • 3/23 - Boston, MA @ Orpheum Theatre
  • 3/24 - Boston, MA @ Orpheum Theatre
  • 3/25 - Boston, MA @ Orpheum Theatre
  • 3/28 - Indianapolis, IN @ Murat Theatre
  • 3/29 - Indianapolis, IN @ Murat Theatre
  • 3/30 - Indianapolis, IN @ Murat Theatre
  • 4/1 - Indianapolis, IN @ Murat Theatre
  • 4/2 - Indianapolis, IN @ Murat Theatre
  • 4/6 - Minneapolis, MN @ Northrop Auditorium
  • 4/7 - Minneapolis, MN @ Northrop Auditorium
  • 4/8 - Minneapolis, MN @ Northrop Auditorium
  • 4/12 - New York, NY @ Paramount Theatre
  • 4/13 - New York, NY @ Paramount Theatre
  • 4/14 - New York, NY @ Paramount Theatre
  • 4/15 - New York, NY @ Paramount Theatre
  • 4/22 - Rosemont, IL @ Rosemont Theatre
  • 4/23 - Rosemont,

    IL @ Rosemont Theatre

  • 4/24 - Rosemont, IL @ Rosemont Theatre
  • 4/27 - Rosemont, IL @ Rosemont Theatre
  • 4/28 - Rosemont, IL @ Rosemont Theatre