Longtime friends John Mellencamp and Bruce Springsteen will finally appear on the same album, according to Ultimate Classic Rock. During the second installment of Clive Davis' virtual 2021 Grammy gala, Mellencamp revealed, “Bruce is singing on the new record and is playing guitar. I finished the record a week ago today.” In April, Springsteen had been spotted out to dinner with Mellencamp in his hometown of Bloomington, Indiana.
Back in 2018, John Mellencamp appeared on SiriusXM's The Howard Stern Show and spoke about the supposed competition between him and Springsteen over the years: “It was always incorrect. We're two different artists, and he's a better songwriter than me — I, y'know, I give (laughs) — y'know, so. . . I think Bruce Springsteen could've been the greatest pop songwriter (laughs) of our generation if he had wanted to be. But, he didn't want to be. Everybody talks about his lyrical content; his melodies sometimes, my. . . are jaw-dropping. It's like 'How can a guy make such beautiful melodies out of three chords?'”