The Piece Of Advice John Mellencamp Still Follows From Hix Ex-Wife
John Mellencamp has been a rocker for 40 years, but there's one bit of advice he follows that is not very rock star of him.
Johnny Cougar, Johnny Cougar Mellencamp, whatever you want to call him. John Mellencamp has been rocking and rolling for nearly 40 years.
The rock star-turned folk hero is known for his approachable lyrics and genre-blending style. But since 1991, he has cut out a particular part of the rock-n-roll lifestyle from backstage while on tour.
He doesn’t allow groupies or “hangers on” backstage for him or anyone in his crew. He says it’s a move that was good advice.
John Mellencamp Says He Hasn’t Had ‘Girls’ Backstage Since Ex Elaine Irw…https://t.co/9KUVEjNbhX
— John Mellencamp (@johnmellencamp) January 20, 2022
Who can we thank for this? His wife at the time, model Elaine Irwin. She wanted to keep things more family friendly since they had kids with them on the road.
“She goes, ‘This is not going to go on anymore. No more [random] people backstage.’ I said to her, ‘Why? I thought we were having fun.’”
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Even though Mellencamp and Elaine divorced in 2010 after 18 years of marriage, he still follows her advice.
They couple have two sons – Hud, 27, and Speck, 26. He also a daughter, Michelle 51, from his former wife Priscilla Esterline and two daughters from ex-wife Victoria Granucci – Teddi, 40, and Justice, 36.
The 70-year-old rocker’s album ‘Strictly a One-Eyed Jack’ hits shelves today.
"If I make it to 80, I only have 10 summers left,” rocker John Mellencamp says. https://t.co/PWmPzlOKzR
— AP Entertainment (@APEntertainment) January 21, 2022
Elaine Irwin Sounds “Fun”
That is sarcasm. Here’s what Irwin had to say about Mellencamp (or anyone for that matter) having people backstage.
“You’re married to me, so there’s nobody backstage.’ I said, ‘You go tell the band,’ and she did. There’s not been anybody — no girls or hangers-on — backstage at my shows since then. Her advice was good.”
Now for Mellencamp, I get it. Sure, you’re his wife, why would you want people backstage?
— Music Beat (@MusicBeat5) September 5, 2021
But why are you messing with the band? Isn’t that half the reason that you join a rock band and go on tour for months on end is so you can meet girls?
Groupies Are The Reason You Become A Rock Star
If I was in a band and I was living the band life, but someone said, “Hey, you can’t bring girls” backstage. I would quit. Not because I would constantly bring girls back, I wouldn’t.
80’s rock groupies had the strongest aesthetic of all time.
I am not joking. It’s the best look ever. https://t.co/CXSmZ76efv
— Charles Solomon (@RedSteel92) October 20, 2021
But if I am playing the same four bass chords every single night while sleeping on a bus, at the very least, I should be allowed to make out with a cute single mom in Tampa. But not if I am touring with Johnny Cougar.
Enjoying 80s – 90s rock. Oh to be a groupie on Sunset Boulevard. pic.twitter.com/h6ywQkQe87
— Xhosa Lannister (@0TheSpunkyKid0) January 18, 2022
Is John Mellencamp OK?
He was on the Marc Maron podcast this week, and hoo boy, does this guy need a wellness check.
John Mellencamp: “What I’ve discovered at my ancient age is that we are all in solitary confinement inside our own skins.” Says we all lie to each other and hide who we really are. We’ll still try to connect with him as we hear his new music Friday on @NPR @MorningEdition.
— Steve Inskeep (@NPRinskeep) January 20, 2022
John Mellencamp: I’m not for everybody.
Marc Maron: I’m barely for me.
— Alex Steed (@alexsteed) January 20, 2022
Am I OK?
What do you think? Am I overreacting here about the lack of groupies thing?
Here’s one of John’s songs that still “hurts so good.”
Anyway, share your thoughts in the comments below.