|Sun 27 Mar 2016, 7:30pm|
"Don McLean: his work, like the man himself, is very deep and very compassionate. His pop anthem 'American Pie' is a cultural phenomenon" – Garth Brooks
The man himself, responsible for contemporary music’s most celebrated classic ‘American Pie’, Don McLean, is returning to Australia for the first time in three years!
As well as his hit song ‘American Pie’, this master songwriter also penned huge hits including 'Vincent (Starry Starry Night)' , Castles In The Air’, ‘Dreidel’, ‘Crying’, and ‘And I Love You So’. With a career spanning over 40 years, 20 albums, six American Top 40 singles, and 40 Gold and Platinum records worldwide, McLean is renowned as one of the truly great singers and songwriters in contemporary music history.
His songs have been covered by Elvis Presley, Shirley Bassey, Glen Campbell, Josh Groban, George Michael, Madonna, and even punk band NOFX. With a string of awards and honours including the Songwriters and Grammy Hall of Fame, McLean is one of the most respected and enduring artists of his generation.
Held in the highest regard by musical royalty, when McLean covered Roy Orbison’s hit ‘Crying’, which peaked at number five on the Billboard charts, Orbison said that it was the best cover of the song he’d ever heard and that McLean did a better job than he did. Don McLean drew the second largest audience in British history, next to the Rolling Stones, with his 1975 concert in Hyde Park, and holds the attendance record at the Capitol Theatre in Australia with 18 consecutive performances, which broke Joni Mitchell’s record.
McLean is a gifted story teller; ‘Vincent’ inspired by troubled artist Vincent Van Gough, ‘American Pie’, the tragic death of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens & The Big Bopper in a plane crash, ‘Wonderful Baby’ about Fred Astaire (whom later covered the song himself), and ‘Superman’s Ghost’, inspired by George Reeves who portrayed Superman. And in a spade of reciprocation, Don has inspired countless other artists as diverse as Michael Stipe from REM to Rapper Tupac Shakur; Don also has writing credits for artists including Drake and Olivia Newton-John, and his captivating live performance inspired the mega-hit ballad ‘Killing Me Softly With His Song’, made famous by Roberta Flack, and later covered by The Fugees.
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