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POSTPONED – Welcome To Night Vale

THIS SHOW IS BEING POSTPONED - DATE TBA.

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Wed Apr 1st - 8:00PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$32

CANCELLED – Jim Ross: Under The Black Hat Book Tour

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Thu Apr 16th - 07:30 PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$48

Tracy Morgan

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Sat Apr 18th - 07:00 PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$65

An Evening with Matty in the Morning

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Thu Apr 30th - 7:30PM
The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Thu May 14th - 7:30PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$52 - $102

Bruce Cockburn

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Fri May 1st - 8:00PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$39 - $65

Countess & Friends: Marry, F**K, Kill

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Sat May 2nd - 7:00PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$39 - $135

Rick Riordan & Carlos Hernandez: Sal & Gabi Fix the Universe

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Mon May 4th - 07:30 PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$35

Dark Star Orchestra

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Thu May 7th - 8:00PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$35 - $42.50

RESCHEDULED: Fortune Feimster – Part of the Women in Comedy Festival

Both shows rescheduled to November 6th. All tickets honored.

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Fri Nov 6th - 7:30PM
The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Fri Nov 6th - 10:00 PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$32 - $37

Sinbad

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Fri May 8th - 07:30 PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$39

Whitney Cummings: How Dare You – Part of the Women in Comedy Festival

Part of the Women in Comedy Festival

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Sat May 9th - 07:00 PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$46 - $169

Amanda Seales Presents: Smart, Funny & Black

Part of the Women in Comedy Festival

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Sat May 9th - 09:45 PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$36 - $76

Sam and Colby: All In One Tour

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Tue May 12th - 7:00PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$27 - $252

BETH HART – War In My Mind

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Sat May 16th - 08:00 PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$35 - $55

Zero

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Tue May 19th - 08:00 PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$32 - $39

Small Town Murder

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Fri May 22nd - 08:00 PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$37 - $77

Nick Swardson

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Sat May 23rd - 07:00 PM
The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Sun May 24th - 7:00PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$49

Mike Birbiglia Live!

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Tue May 26th - 07:00 PM
The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Wed May 27th - 07:00 PM
The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Thu May 28th - 7:00PM
The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Fri May 29th - 7:00PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$34 - $61

Jacksfilms presents YIAY Live Live!

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Sat May 30th - 07:00 PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$32 - $97

The Fab Faux performs Revolver and Abbey Road Selections

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Fri Jun 5th - 08:00 PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$35 - $95

Watch What Crappens

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Sat Jun 6th - 7:00PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$32 - $77

RESCHEDULED – Tapestry : The Carole King Songbook

Rescheduled to June 7th. All tickets honored.

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Sun Jun 7th - 07:00 PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$27 - $45

Kurtis Conner

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Wed Jun 10th - 07:30 PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$25 - $77

Whose Live Anyway?

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Thu Jun 11th - 07:30 PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$50

Brad Williams

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Sat Jun 13th - 07:00 PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$27 - $35

DEON COLE: COLEOLOGY TOUR

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Sun Jun 14th - 7:00PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$30 - $40

The Kirk Minihane Show presented by Barstool Sports

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Sat Jun 20th - 7:00PM
The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Sat Jun 20th - 9:45PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$40 - $100

Hidden Brain Live with Shankar Vedantam (RESCHEDULED TO JUNE 22)

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Mon Jun 22nd - 07:00 PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$42 - $57

RESCHEDULED – That Golden Girls Show! A Puppet Parody

Rescheduled to 6/23. All tickets honored.

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Tue Jun 23rd - 07:30 PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$37 - $50

RESCHEDULED – The Musical Box : A Genesis Extravaganza Vol. II

Rescheduled from 3/18 to 6/24. All tickets honored.

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Wed Jun 24th - 08:00 PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$35 - $50

RESCHEDULED – Chris Hardwick

Rescheduled from 4/3 to 6/25. All tickets honored.

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Thu Jun 25th - 7:30PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$35

Paul Virzi

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Sat Jun 27th - 7:00PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$24

RESCHEDULED: Doug Stanhope

Rescheduled from 3/13 to 7/10

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Fri Jul 10th - 7:30PM
PRICE:
$50

MORBID: A TRUE CRIME PODCAST LIVE

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Sat Jul 11th - 07:00 PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$25 - $60

Hot Tuna: Acoustic & Electric

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Tue Jul 14th - 8:00PM
Openers: w/ Special Guest David Grisman Trio
PRICE:
$50 - $75

RESCHEDULED – MeatEater: Off the Air

Rescheduled to 7/16. All tickets honored.

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Thu Jul 16th - 07:30 PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$32 - $187

RESCHEDULED – Melvin Seals and JGB

Rescheduled from 3/21 to 7/17. All tickets honored.

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Fri Jul 17th - 8:00PM
SEAT TYPE: Partly seated
PRICE:
$30 - $45

RESCHEDULED – Kathleen Madigan: 8 O’Clock Happy Hour Tour

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Sat Jul 25th - 7:00PM
The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Sat Jul 25th - 9:45 PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$32 - $39

The Hollies – The Road Is Long Tour

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Sun Jul 26th - 08:00 PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$45 - $277

RESCHEDULED – Paula Poundstone

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Thu Jul 30th - 07:30 PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$37

RESCHEDULED – Colin Jost

Rescheduled to 8/1. All tickets honored.

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Sat Apr 25th - 7:00PM
The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Sat Apr 25th - 09:45 PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$42

RESCHEDULED – Tanya Tucker w/ Special Guest Walker Country

Rescheduled to August 7th. All tickets honored.

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Fri Aug 7th - 7:30Pm
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$35 - $75

RESCHEDULED – Music of Cream: Disraeli Gears and Clapton Classics Tour

Rescheduled to 8/14. All tickets honored.

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Fri Aug 14th - 08:00 PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$35 - $45

One Night of Queen

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Thu Aug 27th - 08:00 PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$35 - $45

Sibling Rivalry The Tour : Starring Bob & Monét

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Fri Aug 28th - 8:00PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$33 - $153

The Second City’s Imperfect Union

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Sun Aug 30th - 07:00 PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$25

Dave Attell

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Sat Sep 5th - 07:00 PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$37

RESCHEDULED: My Dad Wrote A Porno World Tour 2020

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Wed Sep 16th - 7:30PM
The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Thu Sep 17th - 7:30PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$47 - $102

Ronny Chieng: The Hope You Get Rich Tour

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Sat Sep 19th - 7:00PM
The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Sat Sep 19th - 9:45PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$30

RESCHEDULED – Jim Norton

Rescheduled to September 26th. All tickets honored.

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Sat Sep 26th - 07:00 PM
The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Sat Sep 26th - 9:45PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$32 - $104

RESCHEDULED – Gabriel Iglesias: Beyond The Fluffy World Tour – Go Big or Go Home

Rescheduled to October 4th. All tickets honored.

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Sun Oct 4th - 5:00 PM
The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Sun Oct 4th - 8:00 PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$55 - $75

Robin Trower

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Wed Oct 14th - 08:00 PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$45 - $69

Jess Hilarious

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Fri Oct 16th - 07:30 PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$35

Drew Lynch

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Fri Oct 23rd - 7:30PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$30

Taylor Tomlinson

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Sat Oct 24th - 07:00 PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$20

Einstürzende Neubauten -The Year Of The Rat Tour

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Wed Oct 28th - 8:00PM
SEAT TYPE: Partly seated
PRICE:
$30 - $40

RESCHEDULED – And That’s Why We Drink: Here for the Boos Tour!

Rescheduled from 3/28 to 11/3. All tickets honored.

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Tue Nov 3rd - 7:00PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$30 - $65

Steve-O’s Bucket List Tour

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Sat Nov 7th - 07:00 PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$30 - $57

RESCHEDULED – Colin Hay

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Sat Apr 10th - 8:00PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$45 - $59

Bio

Don McLean was born on October 2nd 1945 in New Rochelle, NY to Elizabeth and Donald McLean. By the age of five he had developed an interest in all forms of music and would

Don McLean was born on October 2nd 1945 in New Rochelle, NY to Elizabeth and Donald McLean. By the age of five he had developed an interest in all forms of music and would spend hours listening to the radio and his father’s records. Childhood asthma meant that Don missed long periods of school and while he slipped back in his studies, his love of music was allowed to flourish. He would often perform shows for family and friends.

As a teenager, he purchased his first guitar (a Harmony F Hole with a sunburst finish) from the House of Music in New Rochelle and took opera lessons paid for by his sister. These lessons combined with many hours in the swimming pool, helped Don to develop breath control, which would later allow him to sing long, continuous phrases, in songs such as “Crying”, without taking a breath. The exercise also meant his asthma improved.

In 1961, Don took his only vacation with his father – a trip to Washington D.C. Sadly, a few months later his father died. Don was just 15 years old.

By this time, Don’s musical focus was on folk thanks, in part, to The Weavers landmark 1955 recording “Live at Carnegie Hall”. Don was determined to become a professional musician and singer and, as a 16 year old, he was already making contacts in the business. After managing to get his home number from the telephone directory, Don phoned Erik Darling. They become friends and Don visited his apartment in New York.

Through Erik Darling, Don recorded his first studio sessions with Lisa Kindred and was invited to join a group with Darling and the other members of the Rooftop Singers. However, even at that time, Don saw himself as a troubadour and turned down the offer.

While at Villanova University in 1963 (he stayed for just four months), Don met and became friends with Jim Croce and President Kennedy was assassinated. After leaving Villanova, Don worked his ‘apprenticeship’ for “Harold Leventhal Management”. This started a six year period during which time Don performed at venues like the Bitter End and Gaslight Café in New York, the Newport Folk Festival, the Cellar Door in Washington, D.C., the Main Point in Philadelphia, the Troubadour and Ash Grove in Los Angeles and over forty colleges throughout New York and New England. He appeared alongside artists like Herbie Mann, Brownie McGee and Sonny Terry, Melanie, Steppenwolf, Arlo Guthrie, Pete Seeger, Janis Ian, Josh White, Ten Wheel Drive and others.

Don also found time to attend night school at Iona College and, in 1968, graduated with a Bachelors degree in Business Administration but turned down a prestigious scholarship to Columbia University Graduate School in favour of becoming resident singer at Caffe Lena in NY.

While resident at Caffe Lena, the New York State Council for the Arts invited Don to become their Hudson River Troubadour. He accepted and spent the summer travelling from town to town in the Hudson Valley, giving talks about the environment and singing songs for whoever would turn up to listen.

A year later, Don was a member of the first crew of the Sloop Clearwater. With Pete Seeger, they travelled the Atlantic seaboard giving concerts at each port and featuring in the news wherever they went.

In 1969, Don recorded his first album, “Tapestry”, in Berkeley, CA. The student riots were going on outside the studio door as Don was singing “And I Love You So” inside. The album was first released by Mediarts and attracted good reviews and achieved some commercial success.

The transition to international stardom began in 1971 with the release of “American Pie”. “American Pie” was recorded on 26th May 1971 and a month later received its first radio
airplay on New York’s WNEW-FM and WPLJ-FM to mark the closing of The Fillmore East, the famous New York concert hall.

Thirty years later, “American Pie” was voted number 5 in a poll of the 365 “Songs of the Century” compiled by the Recording Industry Association of America and the National Endowment for the Arts.

“American Pie” was issued as a double A-side single in November 1971 and charted within a month. Interest from the media and public sent the single to #1 in the USA and Don to international superstardom. Every line of the song was analysed time and time again to find the real meaning. Don refused to sanction any of the many interpretations, so adding to its mystery.

The second single, “Vincent”, charted on 18th March 1972 going on to reach US#12, UK#1. The “American Pie” album remained at #1 in the UK for 7 weeks in 1972, and in the UK charts for 53 consecutive weeks. In the wake of “American Pie”, Don became a major concert attraction and was able to call upon material not only from  his two albums but from a repertoire of old concert hall numbers and the complete catalogues of singers such as Buddy Holly, and another McLean influence, Frank Sinatra. The years spent playing gigs in small clubs and coffee houses in the 60s paid off with well-paced performances. Don’s first concert at the Albert Hall in 1972 was a triumphant success. Concert footage and other video clips played to McLean songs formed the award winning 1972 film “Till Tomorrow” produced by Bob Elfstrom (a project they had started working on in 1968).

With all this success, “Tapestry” was reissued by United Artists and charted in the USA on 12th February 1972 reaching #111 and the top-15 in the United Kingdom; it includes two of  Don’s most famous songs: “And I Love You So” and “Castles in the Air”.

Don’s third album, simply entitled “Don McLean”, included the song “The Pride Parade” that provides an insight into Don’s immediate reaction to stardom. Don told “Melody Maker” magazine in 1973 that “Tapestry” was an album by someone previously concerned with external situations. “American Pie” combines externals with internals and the resultant success of that album makes the third one (“Don McLean”) entirely introspective”.

The fourth album, “Playin Favourites” became a top-40 hit in the UK in 1973 and included the classic, “Mountains of Mourne” and Buddy Holly’s “Everyday”, a live rendition of which returned Don to the UK singles chart. McLean said, “The last album (“Don McLean”) was a study in depression whereas the new one (“Playin Favourites”) is almost the quintessence of optimism, with a feeling of “Wow, I just woke up from a bad dream”.

1973 was another great year for Don McLean the songwriter and Don McLean the performer. Perry Como recorded “And I Love You So” from the “Tapestry” album and took it to the UK top-5 and American top-30. Como’s version was nominated for a Grammy but was beaten by “Killing Me Softly With His Song” sung by Roberta Flack and written by Norman Gimbel and Charles Fox apparently after Lori Leiberman had attended a McLean concert at the LA Troubadour.

Throughout the 1970s, Don McLean remained an in-demand concert performer. In 1975, 85000 fans attended his London Hyde Park concert. 1977, saw a brief liaison with Arista Records that yielded the “Prime Time” album before, in 1978, Don’s career began again in Nashville where he would work with Elvis Presley’s backing singers, “The Jordanaires” and many of Elvis’s old musicians. The result was “Chain Lightning” and the UK No 1, “Crying”. The early 1980s saw further chart successes with “Since I Don’t Have You”, a new recording of “Castles in the Air” and “It’s Just the Sun”.

In 1987, the release of the country-based “Love Tracks” album gave rise to the hit singles “Love in My Heart” (top-10 in Australia), “Can’t Blame the Wreck on the Train” (US country #49) and “Eventually” written by Terri Sharp.

Four years later, Don hit the UK top-10 with “American Pie” prompting many appearances on radio and TV including a one-hour special with Nicky Campbell on BBC radio 1, and the recording of the Manchester concert for video release in 1993. A favourite memory for many fans is Don performing “American Pie” live on “Top of the Pops” in 1991.

In 1992, many previously unreleased songs became available on “Favorites and Rarities” while “Don McLean Classics” featured new studio recordings of “Vincent” and “American Pie”. In 1994, Don appeared at the Buddy Holly tributes in the USA and London, and “Guns and Roses” took a replica of Don’s version of “Since I Don’t Have You” (a US top-20 hit for Don in April 1981) to the UK top-10. 1995 and “American Pie’ returns to the top-40; this time in “techno-music” format performed by European artist, Just Luis.In 1996, “Killing Me Softly With His Song”‘, performed by The Fugees, was one of the biggest selling singles of the year.

Don McLean credits his 1997 performance of “American Pie” at Garth Brooks’ Central Park concert (attended by over 500,000 people) as the beginning of his third career comeback. According to Don, his first “comeback” had been the release of “Vincent” and the second, the North American release and massive success of “Crying”. “Brooks was joined on stage by two surprise guest stars, Billy Joel and Don McLean, who brought down the house with an acoustic rendition of “American Pie.” (CNN, 1997)

Two years later Garth Brooks repaid the favour by appearing as a special guest (with Nanci Griffith) on Don’s first ever American TV special, broadcast on PBS and now available as the “Starry Starry Night” video, DVD and CD. A month later, Don McLean wound up the 20th century by performing “American Pie” for President Clinton at the Lincoln Memorial Gala In Washington D.C.

In 2000, Madonna recorded a cover version of “American Pie” that on release in the UK entered the official singles chart at number 1 and made the US top-30 on air play points alone. This prompted EMI to release a new “Best of Don McLean” CD that gave Don his first top-30 album chart entry in almost 20 years.

McLean said: “Madonna is a colossus in the music industry and she is going to be considered an important historical figure as well. She is a fine singer, a fine songwriter and record producer, and she has the power to guarantee success with any song she chooses to record. It is a gift for her to have recorded ‘American Pie.’ I have heard her version and I think it is sensual and mystical. I also feel that she’s chosen autobiographical verses that reflect her career and personal history. I hope it will cause people to ask what’s happening to music in America. I have received many gifts from God but this is the first time I have ever received a gift from a goddess.”

Even more surprising than Madonna having a hit with a Don McLean song, was George Michael’s decision in 2003 to record “The Grave”, from the “American Pie” album, as a protest against the Iraq war. He recorded the song for MTV and performed it live on Top of the Pops.

Don said: “I am proud of George Michael for standing up for life and sanity. I am delighted that he chose a song of mine to express these feelings. We must remember that the Wizard is really a cowardly old man hiding behind a curtain with a loud microphone. It takes courage and a song to pull the curtain open and expose him. Good Luck George.”

The 21st Century has seen a number of new honours for Don McLean and his music. Iona College conferred an honorary doctorate on Don in 2001 and, in February 2002, “American Pie” was finally inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame. In 2004 Don McLean was inaugurated into the National Academy of Popular Music Songwriters’ Hall of Fame and in 2007 he shared his life story in Alan Howard’s biography.

Don McLean continues to tour the world and release new material. In 2009 his latest studio album, “Addicted to Black”, was released and in 2010 he returned to Europe for a seven nation tour, including the Royal Albert Hall, London on May 7th.

2011 saw another tour of UK and Ireland, including a sensational appearance at Europe’s largest music festival, Glastonbury and in 2012 Don completed his longest European Tour  in 20 years. In 2012 Don was also awarded the BBC Folk Music Lifetime Achievement Award and performed at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. A busy year also saw the release of “American Troubadour” on CD and DVD and the worldwide broadcast of the documentary of this name, charting Don’s life and career.

2013 was a busy year touring North America and Australia and in 2015 Don broke his European tour record for number of concerts in one year. 2017 will see the release of Don’s latest album and further USA and overseas touring.

Don lives in Maine on a 300-acre estate and has two grown-up children – Jackie and Wyatt – by his second wife Patrisha.

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