– courtesy DB Publicity
Don McLean, the man responsible for the ’71 hit ‘American Pie’ and who’s voice Roy Orbison described as “one of the great instruments of 20th Century America” will be stopping by the Riverside Theatre in Perth on Wednesday 30th March 2016 as part of The American Troubadour Tour.
Don McLean has had over 40 Gold and Platinum records worldwide , his classic ‘American Pie’ was inducted in the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2003, and the master songwriter also penned huge hits including ‘Vincent (Starry Starry Night)’, ‘Castles In The Air’, ‘Dreidel’, ‘Crying’, and ‘And I Love You So’.
As well as the Perth performance, Don McLean will be performing an extensive run of shows including the West Point Entertainment Centre in Tasmania, Hamer Hall in Melbourne, Canberra Theatre Centre, State Theatre Sydney, QPAC Concert Hall Brisbane, The Playhouse in Darwin, Her Majestys Adelaide as well as Bluesfest in Byron Bay.
Don McLean’s 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 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. 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.
DON MCLEAN – THE AMERICAN TROUBADOUR TOUR DATES
Riverside Theatre, Perth WA – WED 30 MAR 2016 www.ticketek.com.au
For other national tour dates please visit http://bluesfesttouring.com.au/
— Also appearing at Byron Bay Bluesfest 2016 —