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While obviously Hoosiers have a special dedication to John Mellencamp, as a Chicagoan who went to University of Illinois and thus attended the first Farm Aid concert (wish I had kept the t shirt!), I'd say all Midwesterners have a place in their heart for JM. I'm now in Minnesota and saw Mellencamp on Saturday night at the State Theater. He's still in fine form, when the audience messed up the lyrics to 'Jack and Diane' by eagerly skipping to the chorus, he stopped and explained what songwriting structure is and how we (not me, of course) were wrong and started over.

My son is in the Marching 100 at IU and I get a kick every time I see the Mellencamp Pavillion.

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