John Mellencamp will kick off a tour July 31 at San Diego State University that is expected to run through next spring, Billboard reports in its April 28 issue. Setlists will include old songs he has

John Mellencamp will kick off a tour July 31 at San Diego State University that is expected to run through next spring, Billboard reports in its April 28 issue. Setlists will include old songs he has never performed live, as well as material from the Colu mbia album "Cuttin' Heads," which is expected in September.

"We've got the show narrowed down to 67 songs," Mellencamp says with a throaty laugh. "We're going to rehearse for two-and-a-half months. Normally it's only a month because we're playing songs w e know, but the band hasn't played some of these songs since we recorded them. I don't even know the chords to these songs."

In addition to the alternate route down memory lane, concertgoers will get a taste of Mellencamp's future. He plans to play at least two songs, "Peaceful World" and "Crazy Island," from the new album, which describes as "a little bit of rock, a little bit of soul, and a little bit of country. Two or three songs are about race."

Before the summer trek, Mellencamp will perform next Saturday (April 28) at Las Vegas' Mandalay Bay for Tiger Jam IV, the fourth annual benefit for pro golfer Tiger Woods' charitable foundation. As previously reported, the artist will join Farm Aid co-founders Neil Young and Willie Nelson for the 16th annua l Farm Aid benefit concert Sept. 29 in Indianapolis.

For more information on Mellencamp's summer tour, visit his official Web site.

Here are John Mellencamp's tour dates:
April 28: Las Vegas (Mandalay Bay / Tiger Jam IV)
July 31: San Diego (San Diego St ate Univ.)
Aug. 1: Paso Robles, Calif. (California Mid-State Fair)
Aug. 11: George, Wash. (the Gorge)
Aug. 18: Tinley Park, Ill. (Tweeter Center / with the Wallflowers)
Aug. 31: Burgettstown, Pa. (Post-Gazette Pavilion / with the Wallflowers)
Sept. 2: Columbus, Ohio (Polaris Amphitheater / with the Wallflowers)
Sept. 21-22: Noblesville, Ind. (Verizon Wireless Music Center / with the Wallflowers)
Sept. 29: Noblesville, Ind. (Verizon Wireless Music Center / Farm Aid)

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