Don McLean Announces “American Pie” 50th Anniversary Tour, Adds shows at The Egg, Town Hall with North American Dates

Don McLean is set to embark on his 2022 50th Anniversary Tour celebrating “American Pie,” with 20 additional cities throughout the United States and Canada. A Grammy award honoree, Songwriters Hall of Fame member, and BBC Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, McLean will entertain fans across America throughout nearly 30 cities from Honolulu to Toronto and everything in between, including stops in Albany at The Egg, and Town Hall in Manhattan.

As tragic as the backstory behind the song “American Pie” is with the much too early death of the new rock’n’roll-hope Buddy Holly, the track is also magnificent and legendary. “American Pie” still goes to heart as soon as originator Don McLean plays this classic at his concerts. But the 76-year-old McLean has numerous other hits, including “Vincent (Starry Starry Night),” “Castles in the Air,” “And I Love You So,” and “Cryin’,” all of which will be heard and reveled in along with newer pieces on the upcoming tour.

After spending the past 18 months at home, I am thrilled to be getting back on the road with my band. 2022 marks the 50th anniversary from when American Pie landed at the #1 spot on the Billboard chart and we will be celebrating on tour all year long. We will be performing all the songs from the American Pie album plus many of the other hits that fans will be expecting to hear.

Don McLean

The eight-and-a-half-minute ballad “American Pie” has been making history since its release in 1971, leading to the song being voted “Song of the 20th Century,” alongside songs by Bing Crosby, Judy Garland, Woody Guthrie, and Aretha Franklin. The handwritten lyrics to the song were auctioned off for more than $1.2 million in 2015, and the composition was added to the Library Of Congress National Recording Registry two years later.

Over the years, the song has been covered again and again by music icons like Madonna and Garth Brooks. Rapper Drake repeatedly sampled McLean tunes and hip-hop icon Tupac Shakur also cited him as an important influence.

In 2018, Don McLean released his 19th studio album, Botanical Gardens, which received rave reviews. Songs from it subsequently proved themselves in a live setting may find their way into the setlist next year, alongside “American Pie” and many others. Tickets for the upcoming tour are available now.

Don McLean 2022 North American Dates

Jan. 28-30 – Honolulu, HI @ Blue Note Hawaii
Feb. 3 – Clear Lake, IA @ Surf Ballroom
Feb. 5 – Grand Forks, ND @ Chester Fritz Auditorium
Feb. 11 – The Villages, FL @ Sharon L. Morse Performing Arts Center
Feb. 12 – Ponte Vedra Beach, FL @ Ponte Vedra Concert Hall
Feb. 14-18 – Port Canaveral, FL @ Rock Legends Cruise
Feb. 19 – Clearwater, FL @ Bilheimer Capitol Theatre
Feb. 24 – Tucson, AZ @ Fox Tucson Theatre
April 29 – Kansas City, MO @ Uptown Theater
May 1 – Indianapolis, IN @ Clowes Memorial Hall
May 7 – Toronto, Canada @ John W H Bassett Theatre
May 12 – Nashville, TN @ Ryman Auditorium
May 13 – Atlanta, GA @ Atlanta Symphony Hall
May 19 – St. Louis, MO @ Blanche M. Touhill Performing Arts Center
May 20 – Springfield, MO @ Gillioz Theatre
June 2 – Albany, NY @ The Egg
June 3 – Boston, MA @ Shubert Theatre
June 4 – New York, NY @ Town Hall
June 11 – Baltimore, MD @ the Lyric
June 12 – Tysons, VA @ Capital One Hall
June 17 – Grand Rapids, MI @ DeVos Performance Hall
June 18 – Milwaukee, WI @ The Pabst Theater
June 24 – San Antonio, TX @ Tobin Center for the Performing Arts
June 25 – Houston, TX @ Cullen Performance Hall
June 26 – Austin, TX @ Paramount Theatre
July 7 – Denver, CO @ Paramount Theatre
July 8 – Grand Junction, CO @ the Avalon Theatre
July 9 – Phoenix, AZ @ Orpheum Theatre

Don McLean 2022 European Dates:

Sept. 11 – Cardiff, U.K. @ St. Davids
Sept. 13 – Ipswich, U.K. @ Ipswich Regent Theatre
Sept. 14 – Birmingham, U.K. @ Symphony Hall
Sept. 16 – Bath, U.K. @ The Forum
Sept. 17 – Torquay, U.K. @ Princess Theatre
Sept. 18 – Bournemouth, U.K. @ Bournemouth Pavilion Theatre
Sept. 20 – Brighton, U.K. @ Brighton Dome Concert Hall
Sept. 21 – Southend-on-sea, U.K. @ Cliffs Pavilion
Sept. 23 – Manchester, U.K. @ Bridgewater Hall
Sept. 24 – Gateshead, U.K. @ Sage Gateshead
Sept. 25 – Glasgow, U.K. @ The Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
Sept. 27 – Edinburgh, U.K. @ Usher Hall
Sept. 28 – York, U.K. @ York Barbican
Sept. 30 – Leicester, U.K. @ De Montfort Hall
Oct. 1 – Sheffield, U.K. @ City Hall
Oct. 2 – Liverpool, U.K. @ Liverpool Philharmonic Hall
Oct. 4 – London, U.K. @ London Palladium
Oct. 7 – Dublin, Ireland @ 3Arena
Oct. 9 – Nijmegen, Netherlands @ Concertgebouw de Vereeniging
Oct. 10 – Amsterdam, Netherlands @ Koninklijk Theater Carré
Oct. 14 – Bergen, Norway @ Peer Gynt Salen
Oct. 15 – Stavanger, Norway @ Stavanger Kuppelhallen
Oct. 16 – Oslo, Norway @ Sentrum Scene
Oct. 18 – Göteborg, Sweden @ Lorensbergsteatern
Oct. 20 – Turku, Finland @ Logomo
Oct. 21 – Helsinki, Finland @ Kulttuuritalo
Oct. 23 – Stockholm, Sweden @ Göta Lejon
Oct. 24 – Malmö, Sweden @ Palladium
Oct. 25 – Greve, Denmark @ Portalen
Oct. 27 – Hamburg, Germany @ Fabrik
Oct. 28 – Neuruppin, Germany @ Kulturkirche
Oct. 29 – Berlin, Germany @ Admiralspalast
Nov. 1 – Antwerp, Belgium @ De Singel
Nov. 11 – Munich, Germany @ Prinzregententheater
Nov.13 – Linz, Austria @ Posthof

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