John Mellencamp likes playing the hits.

And he has a lot of them: “Small Town,” “Jack & Diane,” “Pink Houses,” “Hurts So Good” and many, many, many more.

When Mellencamp and his band come to the Orpheum Theater on Monday, they’ll have a good time playing those songs.

“We even like to play them,” Mellencamp’s longtime guitarist, Mike Wanchic, told The World-Herald, calling them a “treasure trove.” “You find how important those songs are to people. Maybe they were pivotal moments in people’s lives.”

Wanchic has played with Mellencamp for more than 40 years, playing guitar on every one of Mellencamp’s records since 1976 and even producing several of the albums.

“When you have as many albums as we do over 40 years, you have to look back through your treasure trove. There’s several things we want to satisfy. You want to satisfy the memories of your fans,” Wanchic said. “Then, from there, we’re looking at 150 other songs. Why don’t we, at the same time, satisfy ourselves? Let’s find songs that we particularly love.”

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Kevin Coffey is the entertainment editor and critic, covering music, movies, video games, comic books and lots more. Follow him on Twitter @owhmusicguy. Phone: 402-444-1557.

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