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Concert response mixed

Mary Kate Malone | Monday, February 20, 2006

For the Jacks and Dianes of Notre Dame, no price is too high to see John Mellencamp live.

But for many fans, the $36 to $46 dent his upcoming concert at Notre Dame will leave in their pockets will hurt just a little too good.

“I was planning on going, and then I saw the price,” freshman David Patterson said. “I think if it was $10 or $15 I’d probably go … I would have gone if it was more reasonable.”

Mellencamp, a Seymour, Ind. native, will perform at the Joyce Center Arena on Tuesday, April 18 at 8 p.m., it was announced Friday.

Notre Dame is the last stop on Mellencamp’s 13-city “Words and Music 2006” tour. Mellencamp will perform in La Crosse, Wisc. before coming to South Bend. Other cities on his tour include Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Youngstown, Oh., and Atlantic City, New Jersey.

The concert is presented by VH-1 and VH-1 Classic music channels. Tickets go on sale at Notre Dame Feb. 25 – and sophomore Ashley Ceniceros can hardly wait.

“I was pretty stoked [when I found out he was coming] … I was jumping up and down screaming a little. [The ticket price] is a little high, but that’s what I would pay outside of campus so it’s not that big of a deal.”

Tickets for the concert can be purchased online, by telephone or in person at Gate 10 of the JACC.

Freshman Amanda Dosch is also planning to attend.

“I like him a lot. I was really surprised,” she said. “I think it’s a little expensive, but John Mellencamp is pretty great so I think it’s worth it.”

Despite his affinity for “classic rock,” junior Nicholas Hamilton-Cotter can’t justify spending up to $46 for a chance to see John Mellencamp.

“I was excited a big name was coming to campus … [my friends and I] all kind of enjoy that genre of music but I don’t think anyone is going because the price is too steep,” he said. “If it was a little cheaper I would have gone for the experience of seeing him live, but it’s a little out of my price range right now.”

He said he would have considered going if the tickets had been sold “in the $20 range.”