I'm not sure what I originally had against John Mellencamp? Maybe it was his original stage name...John Cougar? Maybe it was the song Jack & Diane? Whatever it was, it was a narrow minded stance that started to change when I started hearing songs from his Scarecrow album.
Actually I'm sure it was the fact that I was hearing politically charged songs from him and realized that he had more to offer than Jack and Diane. Rain On The Scarecrow was probably the song that changed my mind, and even though Pink Houses was "popular" which in my mind back in the day meant it was "too commercial", I liked it. And when John Mellencamp: Lonesome Jubilee came out I really loved the song Paper and Fire. I didn't buy any of his music yet, but I had respect for his music.
Well that's a long explanation to set up this concert I went to back in 1992. Once again I was fortunate enough to work at a place where I was offered free tickets to shows and I was glad that I had the opportunity to check out John Mellencamp. This was the second of 2 nights at the Forum and he put on a great show and his band was tight. I couldn't find a setlist but a few nights before in Sacramento it showed that he didn't play Jack and Diane. ; )