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Mellencamp Changes His Tune

A more sedate John Mellencamp is touring this summer, playing many of the Clear Channel Entertainment (formerly SFX) amphitheaters that he has chastised in the past. On his last tour, he said he wouldn't play such venues again. But the times they-are-a-changing.

"This is a changing world," he told "A lot of the stuff that I believed in the '80s and early '90s just didn't seem to matter to anybody. Nobody gives a f–k, you know? And if this is the way it is, well then, you know, this is the way it is. I've made the decision I'm not gonna sit there and do what Pearl Jam tried to do. It's stupid, 'cause — you know, OK, noble cause, guys — at the end of the f–kin' day, it ruined their career."