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John Mellencamp’s Teenage Sons Face Battery Charges in Bloomington

Rocker John Mellencamp’s two teenage sons face battery charges for allegedly punching and kicking a man during a fight that left the victim with serious facial injuries.

Monroe County prosecutors on Thursday charged 19-year-old Hud Mellencamp of Nashville, Ind., and 18-year-old Speck Mellencamp, of Bloomington, with one count each of battery resulting in serious bodily injury.

Ty A. Smith, 19, of Bloomington, faces the same charge in the early morning July 29 attack. Smith is the son of Indiana University baseball coach Tracy Smith and is a walk-on for IU’s football team.

Bloomington Police said in a statement late Thursday afternoon that investigators were trying to contact the Mellencamp brothers and Smith to make arrangements for them to surrender.

A probable cause affidavit states that Speck Mellencamp punched 19-year-old Alexander Bucy in the face on the porch of Bucy’s Bloomington home because he thought Bucy had hit him earlier that evening at Bucy’s house party. Hud Mellencamp and Smith joined in, and the trio allegedly “punched, kicked and stomped” Bucy, the document states.

When Bucy was able to get to his feet, Speck Mellencamp allegedly knocked him backward off the porch onto a sidewalk two to three feet below, where Speck Mellencamp punched Bucy until someone pulled him away. The Mellencamp brothers and Smith then allegedly ran from the scene.

Bucy suffered facial fractures and received stitches at a local hospital, according to the affidavit. It also says Bucy was referred to a plastic surgeon.

Speck Mellencamp told officers he had been at a party at Bucy’s home earlier when two girls began fighting over him, and that a white male punched him as he tried to halt the girls’ fight. Mellencamp said his assailant ran into the house.

He said he “was very upset about being punched” but soon left and went home, where he, his brother and Smith decided to return.

Hud and Speck Mellencamp are the sons of John Mellencamp — whose hits include “Hurts So Good” and “Pink Houses” — and his third wife, model Elaine Irwin. The couple divorced in 2011 after 19 years of marriage.

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The Mac Wire Special Report— Adrian Niles: A True Blues Survivor

Special To The Mac Wire… Blues Musician Adrian Niles

Somewhere in the blues nexus – between Dave Matthews, John Mellancamp, Eric Clapton and Bob Dylan- resides a secret weapon named Adrian Niles. With his eponymous band, Miles has been churning out riveting music for the past several years, most recently with this summer’s Roll & Move; his sixth release. Niles writes like a true survivor (especially on the track “Skylark”) and, having opened for Dave Mason and Los Lonely Boys, his take on the American landscape is stunningly real and on the money. His midwest-honesty immediately brings to mind Dylan. Says Niles, “I was actually around 15 when I first heard his ‘Bringin’ It All Back Home’; it was a definitive turning point for me; everything changed. I started writing my first songs when I heard that track. I got a true feeling of where he came from and how he lives … I can’t find that in a lot of other artists I’ve heard.” Niles signed with NY-based manager David Salidor (who also runs his praisery, the dis COMPANY), and is poised to be here in person come December. “When I first heard his music, I immediately knew it was something real and special. Everyone that’s heard has felt the same way.”

John Mellencamp European Tour Announced

For the first time in 19 years, John Mellencamp is set to tour the UK and Europe with dates set for late June and July 2011. The No Better Than This tour is designed as a uniquely formatted “evening with,” and brings Mellencamp’s music to theatre-sized venues, a rare opportunity to experience one of America’s most iconic songwriters and performers in an intimate setting, highlighting all phases of his artistry.

The new No Better Than This Tour dates will take in Denmark, Germany, Netherlands, Ireland, UK, France, Italy, Switzerland.

The tour will feature both classic material associated with the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee’s 35+ year long career as well as new music from No Better Than This, released last year by Rounder Records and produced by T Bone Burnett. The album has garnered great critical acclaim with Q stating, “Veteran blue-collar songsmith goes back to basics… with Mellencamp relishing his role as grizzled troubadour steeped in Rootsy traditions of America’s rural south.”

As a reflection of the diversity of styles and material that have been a hallmark of Mellencamp’s eclectic career, the concerts are formatted into three segments. These showcase John Mellencamp in an acoustic context, fronting a small combo recalling blues/country and rockabilly roots and with his full rock band. 

Of special note is the fact that the tour’s “opening act,” is a documentary film by Kurt Markus entitled It’s About You. Shot on Super8 film over the course of 2009’s Bob Dylan-John Mellencamp-Willie Nelson tour of minor league baseball stadiums, it chronicles the creation of No Better Than This.
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John Mellencamp Files For Divorce

John Mellencamp has made his marriage split official by filing for divorce from his wife of 18 years.
The veteran musician announced last month (Dec10) that he had separated from his supermodel partner Elaine, who he married in 1992.

Mellencamp filed papers at a court in his home state of Indiana on Friday (Jan 14) as he moves to officially end the union, according to the New York Post’s gossip column Page Six.
The rocker, who has two children with Elaine, has been married twice before and is now rumoured to be dating Hollywood actress Meg Ryan.
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Ke$ha Speaks Out About Freedom of Speech

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You wouldn’t normally think of the words Ke$ha and “First Amendment” together, but the singer is the latest celebrity to join a public education campaign designed to remind Americans about the freedoms that the Constitution grants us. 

The campaign, called 1 for All, launched this summer and was created in response to a survey that found that only one in 20 Americans can name all five freedoms guaranteed by the First Amendment: freedom of religion, freedom of the press, freedom to peacefully assemble and protest, freedom to petition the government, and, of course, freedom of speech.  Ke$ha said in a statement, “Freedom of speech is the only reason I have a career in music. I exercise that right every day, at every song and in every song. It is an invaluable right I feel every human is worthy of.”  She and others appear in a print ad campaign in support of the campaign that declares, “Free. To Sing To Speak To Write To Protest. Thanks to the First Amendment, you can be whoever and whatever you want to be.”  Visit for more info.
Other stars who’ve joined the 1 for All campaign include Ellen DeGeneres, rocker John Mellencamp and David Gregory of NBC’s Meet the Press.
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No Better Than This– John Mellencamp Official Music Video

John Mellencamp’s new album, No Better Than This, is the rocker’s 10th top 10 album – it debuts at #10 on next weeks Billboard album chart! On top of its lofty arrival on the album chart, the album is #1 for the third week on the Americana Radio chart!
The video for the title track from John’s No Better Than This album has been released! The video was filmed and directed by Ian and Kurt Markus and culled from their Summer 2009 footage. The video serves as a preview of the documentary It’s About You which was filmed during the making of the album and John’s tour with Bob Dylan and Willie Nelson.
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