John Mellencamp Powering Up 'Rural Electrification' Tour

Heartland rocker will perform in 40 cities over two months, starting May 5 in Woodlands, Texas.

Heartland rocker John Mellencamp will launch his first major concert tour in more than two years May 5 with a show at the Woodlands Pavilion in Woodlands, Texas.

Mellencamp has scheduled 40 dates at various outdoor amphitheaters and arenas in support of his self-titled 1998 album, which features the song

"Your Life is Now"

(RealAudio excerpt).

The two-month string of shows, dubbed the "Rural Electrification" tour, will bring the singer/songwriter to California in early May, then he'll trek across the Midwest, up the East Coast and back through Texas. The tour will wind up July 16 at the Coca-Cola Starplex Amphitheatre in Dallas.

Roots-rockers Son Volt are set as the opening act.

According to Indiana native Mellencamp, the name of the tour is derived from his eagerness to bring the music from his most recent album to his fans.

"In the '30s, rural electrification brought electricity to farmers and other rural dwellers for the first time in their lives," Mellencamp stated in a press release announcing the tour. "And along with that electricity came radios and record players: Music!

"We're lucky enough that, for the last 20 years, we've had the opportunity to play our own small part in bringing music to people; to entertain them and have a lot of fun in the process."

John Mellencamp Tour Dates:

May 5; Woodlands, Texas; Woodlands Pavilion

May 7; Phoenix, Ariz.; Blockbuster Desert Sky Pavilion

May 8; Los Angeles, Calif.; Hollywood Bowl

May 9; Chula Vista, Calif.; Coors Amphitheater

May 11; Mountain View, Calif.; Shoreline Amphitheater

May 12; Concord, Calif.; Concord Pavilion

May 14; George, Wash.; The Gorge

May 17; West Valley, Utah; E Center

May 19; Morrison, Colo.; Red Rocks Amphitheater

May 21; Bonner Springs, Mo.; Sandstone

May 22; Maryland Heights, Mo.; Riverport Amphitheater

May 23; Antioch, Tenn.; First American Music Center

May 26; Minneapolis, Minn.; Target Center

May 27; Madison, Wis.; Kohl Center

May 28; Tinley Park, Ill.; The New World Music Theatre

June 11; Hartford, Conn.; The Meadows Amphitheater

June 12; Mansfield, Mass.; Great Woods Center

June 13; Saratoga Springs, N.Y.; Saratoga Performing Arts Center

June 15; Hershey, Pa.; Star Pavilion

June 16; Holmdel, N.J.; PNC Bank/Garden State Arts Center

June 19; Philadelphia, Pa.; First Union Center

June 20; Burgettstown, Pa.; Coca-Cola Star Lake Amphitheater

June 22; Cincinnati, Ohio; Riverbend Music Center

June 23; Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio; Blossom Music Center, Stadium

June 29; Columbus, Ohio; Polaris Amphitheater

June 30; Detroit, Mich.; Pine Knob Music Theatre

July 2; Milwaukee, Wis.; Milwaukee Summerfest

July 3-4; Indianapolis, Ind.; Deer Creek Music Center

July 6; Vienna, Va.; Barns At Wolf Trap

July 7; Raleigh, N.C.; Walnut Creek

July 9; West Palm Beach, Fla.; Coral Sky Amphitheater

July 11; Atlanta, Ga.; Chastain Park Amphitheater

July 13; Charlotte, N.C.; Blockbuster Pavilion

July 14; Louisville, Ky.; Freedom Hall

July 16; Dallas, Texas; Coca-Cola Starplex Amphitheater