CHAMPAIGN – John Mellencamp will not be coming to the University of Illinois Assembly Hall – at least not this fall.
The Assembly Hall and Chicago-based JAM Productions, which was putting on the show, announced the Mellencamp concert featuring Los Lobos, set for the UI homecoming on Oct. 27, has been canceled. No reason was given. The show will not be rescheduled. Refunds will be available starting Tuesday and will be given at the point of purchase.
"We did not cancel the show. The tour management canceled it – there were several dates that were canceled. That's all I know," said Jennifer Larson, the Hall's assistant director of marketing.
A call and e-mail to Mike Lynskey at JAM Productions was not immediately returned.
Mellencamp is the third Hall show this semester to be canceled or postponed. Country singer Travis Tritt canceled his Oct. 11 show but later rescheduled it for April 17. Then rapper T.I.'s concert Monday was canceled after he was arrested and jailed on weapons charges.
"We hope to have more information in the next few days on whether the T.I. and T-Pain show will be rescheduled," Larson said. "There's very rarely a time that we've canceled a show since I've been here.
"All of these were beyond our control, which people don't always understand. I know a lot of people were looking forward to John Mellencamp coming here."
Larson was uncertain of getting additional shows before the end of semester.
"I know (Assembly Hall director) Kevin (Ullestad) is working all hours trying to come up with some things, but it's very difficult. A lot of the big tours have been scheduled by now," she said. "But that doesn't mean we couldn't book anything for late November or early December."