He’s the man responsible for the iconic 71′ hit American Pie and one of the greatest songwriter and storytellers in the world. Don McLean; the mastermind behind some of the best music today, will be returning to Australia for the first time in three years for his American Troubadour Tour.
As part of a quality 2016 Bluesfest lineup, this gifted music legend, who’s had over 40 Gold and Platinum records worldwide, will be performing an extensive run of shows including the Riverside Theatre in Perth, Wednesday 30th March. McLean’s American Troubadour Tour will also see him visit the West Point Entertainment Centre in Tasmania, Hamer Hall in Melbourne, Canberra Theatre Centre, State Theatre Sydney, QPAC Concert Hall Brisbane, The Playhouse Darwin, Her Majesty’s Adelaide as well as Bluesfest in Byron Bay.
His voice has been described as the greatest instrument of the 20th Century American by Roy Orbison, making a timeless impression on fans and music enthusiasts across the world. In 2003, McLean was inducted in the Grammy Hall of Fame and has had numerous songs of his covered by the likes of Elvis Presley, Shirley Bassey, Glen Campbell, Josh Michael, Madonna and even punk rock band NOFX. His brilliant songwriting skills and inspiration to other legendary musicians has made Don McLean 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 No. 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. 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.
With carefully structured lyrics, McLean is renowned for telling some of the most powerful stories of all time through his songs; 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, McLean has inspired countless other artists as diverse as Michael Stipe from REM to Rapper Tupac Shakur; he 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.
Tickets for his shows can be purchased from TicketTek – on sale now. Catch Don McLean at his Perth show, Wednesday 30th March at the Riverside Theatre. Event details here. For more information on Bluesfest Touring, national tour dates and artists playing visit their website here or all the latest updates.