Music came early to John Mellencamp. By the age of 14, the Indiana native was not only gigging in the bar scene, but serving as frontman for a soul group. His career didn't blow up until 1979, though, with "I Need a Lover." By then, the 28-year-old was known as Johnny Cougar—according to his manager, the name "Mellencamp" on a record cover would have guaranteed its place in the bargain bin.
After a string of hits, Mellencamp convinced industry bigwigs his birth name was money and, as we all know, he was right.
The man with one of the most recognizable names in the music biz is coming to the Idaho Botanical Garden in Boise for an Outlaw Field Summer Concert appearance on Wednesday, June 7, as part of his Sad Clown & Hillbillies Tour. Boise is only the second stop on the tour, which kicks off June 5 in Colorado, so color us lucky.
Catch this show, and you'll be a happy clown (but you might still be a hillbilly).