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Don McLean

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Singer-songwriter best known for his hugely popular 70s hit, American Pie

Few songwriters can boast a song that has endured quite like Don McLean’s American Pie. On the face of it, the New York musician’s opus should never have become a hit. For one, it’s an almost nine-minute-long fever dream, running through the death of innocence, American nostalgia, the tragedy of Buddy Holly and McLean’s grief for his own father in a wild stream of consciousness.

It’s no exaggeration to call it one of the most famous songs of all time and its legacy isn’t about to dwindle, even as new generations come along with little frame of reference for the events or people namechecked in its numerous verses. In 2015, McLean’s handwritten original lyrics sold at auction for $1.5m, making them the third most valuable American manuscript in existence.

Not that McLean can be discounted as a one-hit wonder, although what a singular hit to be defined by. His story began in the coffee houses of New York through the mid- to late-60s, falling in with luminaries including Pete Seeger before releasing his debut Tapestry in 1970.

It was the follow-up, American Pie, that would define both McLean’s career and sound. Its grounding was in 60s folk, but McLean's downbeat introspection was that of a 70s singer-songwriter, while his hummable melodies were custom-made for pop radio. The title track was No.1 for four weeks and the album yielded another hit in Vincent, which found McLean empathising with Vincent Van Gogh’s suicide as the last reasonable act in an unreasonable world.

While it’s impossible to top one of the most widely beloved songs of all time, McLean didn’t just coast or disappear afterwards. His output may have become more sporadic, but hits followed, particularly his cover of Roy Orbison’s Crying and a re-recorded version of his own song Castles In The Air.

Except for a quiet period in the 80s, McLean continued recording and touring right through the rest of the 20th Century and into the 21st, with Addicted To Black arriving in 2009 and Botanical Gardens following in 2018.

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of American Pie, McLean announced a UK tour for September 2022.

Don McLean's 2022 UK tour dates

11 Sep 2022 ­– St David’s Hall, Cardiff
13 Sep 2022 ­– Regent Theatre, Ipswich
14 Sep 2022 ­– Birmingham Symphony Hall, Birmingham
16 Sep 2022 ­– Forum, Bath
17 Sep 2022 ­– Princess Theatre, Torquay
18 Sep 2022 ­– Pavilion Theatre, Bournemouth
20 Sep 2022 ­– Brighton Dome, Brighton
21 Sep 2022 ­– Cliffs Pavilion, Southend
23 Sep 2022 ­– Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
24 Sep 2022 ­– Sage, Gateshead
25 Sep 2022 ­– Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow
27 Sep 2022 ­– Usher Hall, Edinburgh
28 Sep 2022 ­– Barbican, York
30 Sep 2022 ­– De Montfort Hall, Leicester
01 Oct 2022 – City Hall, Sheffield
02 Oct 2022 – Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool
04 Oct 2022 – Palladium, London

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Don McLean will play the UK in September and October 2022 as part of the 50th anniversary of his timeless hit American Pie.

Don McLean will play the following dates:

11 Sep 2022 ­– St David’s Hall, Cardiff
13 Sep 2022 ­– Regent Theatre, Ipswich
14 Sep 2022 ­– Birmingham Symphony Hall, Birmingham
16 Sep 2022 ­– Forum, Bath
17 Sep 2022 ­– Princess Theatre, Torquay
18 Sep 2022 ­– Pavilion Theatre, Bournemouth
20 Sep 2022 ­– Brighton Dome, Brighton
21 Sep 2022 ­– Cliffs Pavilion, Southend
23 Sep 2022 ­– Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
24 Sep 2022 ­– Sage, Gateshead
25 Sep 2022 ­– Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow
27 Sep 2022 ­– Usher Hall, Edinburgh
28 Sep 2022 ­– Barbican, York
30 Sep 2022 ­– De Montfort Hall, Leicester
01 Oct 2022 – City Hall, Sheffield
02 Oct 2022 – Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool
04 Oct 2022 – Palladium, London

Tickets for Don McLean's UK tour go on sale at 10:00 on 24 September 2021.