160 thoughts on “US Concert Reviews 2013-2016

  1. Great job on stage at Nutty Jerry’s last night in Texas! My wife Gina and I live 72 miles away, but we drove it all happily and enjoyed sitting on the end of the front row, right in front of Vip. (The box office offered “VIP” seating….little did we know that we were going to get precisely that! He’s very talented.)

    Although we wish that more of our fellow Texans had joined us, September Fridays mean high school football games for a lot of folks in this area. Anyway, it was obvious to us that you would have played for us with just as much spirit even if we’d been the only two people in the hall. Thanks for keeping the sound waves coming. They make it easier for me to go back to my law practice. Come to Houston when you swing through next time (e.g. to the House of Blues). It’s not Winnie, but nobody in the band will get stuck in the hotel elevator, and the humidity will drown any incipient laryngitis before you can say Get along little dogies….

  2. A night I’ll always remember! On September 7th I took my 17 year old grandson to the Don McLean concert preseented by AETN in Litle Rock, Arkansas. Don and his very talented band kept us entertained every minute they were on stage. He has some of the best musicians I’ve ever heard. It is exciting to know there are people like Don and his group out there to give people some real entertainment from the heart and want his fans to have a great time.

    I ask my grandson on a scale of 1 to 10 how much did he enjoy the concert which he quickly replied 9 1/2! We drove 300 miles round trip and would drive farther to experience it again. Don I want to give you a big THANKS for coming to Arkansas so we could enjoy some real music together.

    If you have never seen Don McClean in person you need to add it to your bucket list and make sure you go see him. Oh yeah don’t forget to take you grandkid.

  3. I just wanted to thank you for such an amazing night at Nutty Jerry’s in Winnie, Tx. Two of my girlfriends and I made the trip from Austin (please come back to Austin soon!) I’m laughing right now because you handled the obnoxious drunk people right behind the VIP section much better than I would have. Seeing you perform was on the top of our list and we are still talking about it. We hope that you will come to Austin soon. One World Theater is a small venue (maybe 300 seats) but a wonderful place to play (in case you were looking for ideas :-

  4. Last Sat we had the privilege of being in the audience for the Little Rock concert. I had heard his allergies played havoc with his voice ‘down under’ but his performance was not diminished. Not sure how he accomplished that after a 2 wk tour & all the travel (tho he could have adjusted his song selection accordingly ), but we were so grateful he could perform as we had gone a considerable distance ourselves. He started with Gene Vincent, then Maybe, Baby. Included: It’s Just The Sun, Crossroads, Empty Chairs, Castles, Superman’s Ghost, A Cowboy’s Life, Homeless Brother, Food on the Table, AP,Circus Song (nice surprise!), And I Love You So, The Very Thought of You and a Josh White that I don’t know the title (Hug Me, Kiss Me?) After a standing O, he came back for an encore of Vincent and Marty Robbins’ The Story of My Life. I know I forgot a few along the way.

    I don’t think he signed afterward but played just short of 2 hours. I’m such a fashion victim myself but for those that like that sort of thing…..he wore a navy shirt & jeans. They all seemed in great humor, especially considering they were on the last legs of such a lengthy tour. It was a really good crowd even tho they had a home football game at the same time (and they DO like their football down there!)

    Thanks for a fabulous time, already can’t wait until the next one!!!!

  5. I first saw Don at the Scottsdale Center For The Arts in the late 70s. It was just him, and his guitar. He was on stage no less than 2 hours. His second encore was “Stardust”. It was hauntingly beautiful! Price of admission, $5 !!! If you ever get the chance to see him, please do so. You won’t regret it.

  6. Thank you Don for coming to Winnie, TX…I drove over from Houston with my wife Lee and parked in the mud to see you…at the center of Lee and my romance back in the 1970s was your early albums…my favorite continues to be your Don McLean LP which you sang none of those songs…but that’s ok…I liked all the ones you did sing…but know that there is at least one couple, Lee and I married for 33 years, that our favs of yours are on that LP…and specifically, we consider out best favorite all time love song is THE BIRTHDAY SONG…It is OUR song…I thought about hollering it out for you to sing but was too shy…anyway, what a great show and great effort…thank you…

  7. I wish Mr McLean would visit Israel . I hope it’s not too crazy to write that as a comment. People love the guy and his music 🙂 god bless and all the best .

    p.s Israel has changes (more crowded ,and less hapiy) but it is still a friendly place- and people appreciate great musicians.

  8. I’ve been a fan for around 40 years, and think Don has one of the greatest voices ever, but I’ve never had the chance to see him in concert — until tonight, in Victoria, BC, Canada.
    Sadly, where we were sitting in the Alix Goolden Performance Hall, the sound was the worst I’ve ever experienced in a concert — and I’ve been to quite a few.

    The sound for the emcee and then for the opening singer was so bad we couldn’t understand most of what either of them said. The only thing we heard clearly was her guitar playing.

    Don remarked that the auditorium (formerly a church) had great acoustics. Maybe. The people in the audience in front of the stage seemed to enjoy the performance, but where we were sitting — in the side of the balcony, to Don’s right — there was no audio separation between Don and the back-up musicians — no balance. ALL of the sound onstage (with the exception of Don’s guitar) seemed to come from somewhere behind the drummer. The back-up music constantly overpowered Don’s wonderful voice.
    Even when Don soloed, his voice seemed to come from the back of the stage — with a slight but annoying echo.
    The hall seems to have a reputation for good acoustics… but for whatever reason, we didn’t experience any tonight. I was extremely disappointed — and feel cheated — by not being able to enjoy one of my favourite artists.

  9. Excellent show, great performance, wonderful band; however, the evening was far too short!

    I agree with Nelson Dewey (above). The setup of the mikes and the speakers was flawed. We sat on the main floor, front row on the right side. The opening act vocals were difficult to understand but, in general, Don McLean was not too badly overpowered by his band

  10. My fiancé & I were lucky enough to see & hear Don last night in Victoria, at one point my fiance turned to me and said “I have goosebumps”!! This is what Don (and his fabulous band) inspires… having been a fan since his very first album to listen to him last night was a joy. (And a massive THANK YOU for being so gracious to sign autographs & pose for photos, such a classy, lovely thing to do … 🙂

  11. We first saw you, Don, in concert in the 70’s and 80’s in the UK. Now, after 30 years, we have been able to be in your company once again. Thank you so much for coming to Victoria, BC and making the connection one more time. Years may have passed, but you and the songs only get better. We loved you the and we love you now! Thanks for more than 40 years of precious memories.

  12. Incredibly disappointed.
    Saw Don in 1971 and fell in love with his music. So excited to get tickets to his Victoria show.
    We were in the balcony and it was just NOISE pure and simple. Don kept asking for his guitar monitor to be turned up – what was needed was for EVERYTHING to be turned DOWN. Couldn’t hear Don, the piano or anything. Just overwhelming. Out of tune noise. We knew on his first chord that his guitar needed tuning and he did nothing… Not sure what key he sang in ….Apparently neither didnhis band,
    Don, it is RUDE to keep your audience waiting for over an hour. The opening act was bad, but at least she started on time and, for the most part was in tune. We came to hear the balladeer that we loved. Instead we got a pseudo rock concert of unrecognizable songs and unbelievably LOUD noise. We after your fourth song. Feeling ripped off. $130 For an artist that doesn’t even have the courtesy to show up on time. Guess you aren’t planning to return to Victoria. perhaps your Canadian wife forgot to tell you that Canadians are polit above all else.

  13. My wife and I saw Don McLean at the Snoqualmie Casino, Snoqualmie, WA, tonight. It was a super concert! His band was great. The facility was first-class and sound was very good. We had front-row seats and had our photo taken with him after the show. This evening will bring good memories for a very long time. Thank you, Don McLean, for all your great music and a good evening at Snoqualmie. Thanks, also to KBTC-TV and PBS. This is just one more example of the important contribution made to our society by public broadcasting.

  14. Although I generally loathe ‘back & forth’ website posting thread disputes that usually turn into something tasteless I feel the need to reply to Mrs Graves in Victoria: please read the June 2013 interview with Don posted on this website to find out just how much he cares for his fans .. and regarding Canadians being polite? Perhaps it would be best to take your own advice.

  15. Wonderful concert in Victoria Oct 12, 2013 at Alex Goolden Hall. I particularly enjoyed the song Jerusalem, being my birthplace, as well as Of course the standards. Wonderful artist and performer.

  16. I saw Don at QPAC in Brisbane, the Civic Teatre in Caloundra and at Twin Towns at Tweed Heads – and my life long dream to meet him was realized at Twin Towns. I was actually speechless which no-one can believe. When I regained the power of speech I told him I had waited 42 years to meet him. I was 6 when American Pie was releases and as a 6 year old child in 1972 I somehow learnt the entire song and when my father brought home our very first National Panasonic Radio Cassette Recorder complete with microphone we all sat around the grey laminex table on orange chairs in the kitchen and as the microphone was passed around everyone said something. When it came to me I sang American Pie. It has been my lifelong theme song and I play it everyday. I told Don and the band this story and they were really touched by it. I did photos with them and they signed my special book and truly a lifelong dream was fulfilled. Nothing can every surpass this experience because I have met the person who wrote my theme song – the song that has impacted on me since age 6. I am still speechless when I recount the experience to other people. He was so lovely and it will probably be the one and only experience of meeting him as Don said he probably won’t be back to Australia. My dream came true and nothing can ever match it. Thankyou Don from Maria-Ann Mulcahy in Brisbane Australia – the girl you met at Tweed Heads whose life long dream you made reality.

    • What a lovely story Maria-Ann. I can still remember the first time I ever met Don in 2000 or 2001 when a group of fans attended a sound check in London arranged by this site. Having been to other sound checks subsequently I know that one was not representative as Don and the band performed about 10 complete songs for our select audience, after which we were all introduced to him. Like you, as a fan from 1972, it was all I could do to shake his hand let alone say anything! It has got easier over the years so by the time I met him in Sydney this year the conversation was almost natural. 🙂

      I wonder if it was you that I met in the reception at the motel opposite the theatre in Caloundra? Based on the concerts you said you attended I suspect that it was. If so, it was lovely to meet you. I hope that you get the chance to see him on Aussie soil again – I had such a great time Down Under this year that I would definitely go back!!

  17. Yes, that was me in Caloundra. I thought each of the three concerts I went to were perfect. He has not lost any of the quality in his voice and I just wish I had some way of actually writing to him so I could thank him again. Truly, he has been an inspiration since I was 6 and nothing can ever compare with my experience at Twin Towns in meeting him and having him sign my book and do a photo.

    Maria

  18. I have always enjoyed you music, but I’ve just finished watching “American Troubador” on PBS and have come to realize what a truly great performer AND human being you are. Your talents are well known, but your human-ness is known only to those few around you. I met Peter Yarrow earlier this year and you occupy the same pantheon as he does. Your family is blessed to have you.

  19. Don, I didn’t attend a concert but recall being mesmerized by American Pie when I was a kid. But tonight that was all blown away when I heard your ‘By the Waters of Babylon’ played at the end of a Mad Men episode. What a powerful thing you did with those few lines. Simply stunning. Thank you.

  20. Just saw Don at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills. What a great show ! He is one of the best entertainers I have seen (and I have seen a LOT, used to do concert reviews) he sounds amazing and knows what his audience wants. The variety was outstanding. His opening act, Michael Ann Azouli was superb. Thanks

  21. Took my wife, daughter and her boyfriend to Don”s
    performance at The Coach House in San Juan Capistrano on Saturday
    Dec 14th. Great, intimate venue that was packed (all 500 of us). It
    didn”t hurt that our table was only 4 seats from the stage, etiher.
    Don and his band’s performance was everything I had hoped it would
    be. Even my daughter and her boyfriend were impressed even though
    they are in their early twenties are had never listened to his
    songs before, although they were familiar with American Pie when I
    quoted the “I took the Chevy to the Levy” line. When many
    performers of his era can no longer sing a full range Don handled
    the lows and high notes admirably and had a great repore witht the
    audience between songs. Too bad he was pressed for time and wasn’t
    able to respond with an encore to the thundering applause after a
    double rendition of American Pie to close the show. That would have
    made it a 11 out of 10 instead of 10 out of 10.

  22. So I saw Don at the Coach House on the 14th.. It was an amazing show beside the fact he didn’t even play Castles in The Air, that was really disappointing because he played Christmas songs instead… There was no encore even though the whole show was so amped up and waited for him to come out but he never did, sad. After a couple fans were waiting, even super young ones and Don bolted out of there.. Made a lot of people very sad.. Other than those blows it was a great show and I really really do hope he comes back and plays in SoCal for those of us that didn’t get to meet him finally get to meet him.

  23. first saw don in an outdoor park on long island in late 60’s. he sang until everyone left! then years later in atlantic city , where he announced he would sing his hit songs first so those who came just for them could leave early. nobody left. been waiting for him to perform somewhere close by since moving to florida. that day will be march 7th in clearwater. can’t wait. everybody loves you baby.

  24. We saw Don Friday and Saturday nights in Englewood then Morristown, NJ. Great concert. Since he was with Judy Collins the second night, I thought he’d have to drop some of the songs from Friday night. I was surprised, and delighted, when he did about five songs Saturday that he hadn’t done Friday.
    I love all the old songs and the new or newer, including one I had never heard about growing old and missing someone from the past. Is that on a CD?
    Great concerts. All fans should buy and watch “American Troubadour.”

    • The song you refer to is ‘I Was Always Young’ which is on the ‘Addicted to Black’ album.
      Don doesn’t use a set list so it is not unusual that you heard some different stuff at the second show. You are always likely to hear something that you haven’t heard before, or haven’t heard in a long time!

  25. I took my 9 year old daughter to see Don Friday night in Englewood, NJ as an early birthday present as she was going to be turning 10 on January 29th. I thought it was important for my daughter to see an American Icon and hear American Pie live – I am sure she will never forget the great concert.

    During the show however – the announcement that CD’s were on sale and Don would be autographing them at the end of the performance which I thought would be a fantastic gift for my daughter to treasure – so during the intermission I went out and spoke to the gentleman selling the DC’s and DVD’s . I asked him if Don would just be signing his name – or if he would write inscriptions. The man assured me Don would “write whatever you want” on the CD’s. So I bought two – one for my daughter and one for myself. Hoping Don would write: “Happy 10th Birthday Ally-Gator!” and possibly take a quick photo with her as part of her birthday celebration.

    At the end of the show – we waited a reasonable amount of time – but when we got up to Don – the security/bodyguard was somewhat rude and took the CD Jackets from me and handed them to Don not giving us a chance to say anything to Don or even have my daughter interact with him if even for a brief moment. I believe this was the Security guys decision as Don was speaking and talking to others… and took a photo with a couple. I really do not understand why the security guard would not allow a 9 year old little girl to have a few brief moments having her CD signed and snapping a quick photo with Don – something she would surely treasure for the rest of her life…. especially after driving over three and a half hours from Connecticut just to see him for her 10th birthday – which was on January 29th.

    She still enjoyed the concert which was fabulous… I just wish it hadn’t ended on a little bit of a sour note with the misinformation from the gentleman selling he CD’s or the Security Guard being rude at the end of the wonderful evening…

    • Sorry you had that experience, but some of the venue folks are not always the most polite when it comes to getting everyone out after a performance. Don is so generous with his time. I’ve seen him autograph ticket stubs, programs, old album covers, blank pieces of paper, you name it. The announcer at the beginning of the show usually implies that you need to purchase a cd there and he will sign it after the show, he will of course, but he will sign anything you give him and glad to do so. On rare ocassions I have seen what happened to you. That’s not what Don would want, I’m sure. We went to his concert in York, Pa last night – what a treat, review to follow soon.

      • Thanks Diane – Don was a fantastic during the show and I do believe he would have signed the CD’s and all if not for the security guy ushering him out. If the security guard is supplied by the venue that would make a lot of sense… Thank you for your comment and information.

      • Thank you Don! My daughter just received the item you sent and it made her year! I personally am very grateful for your generosity and kindness. We can’t wait to make it to another concert!

        God Bless!

  26. Don. I saw you in December at The Coach House… Although I am not a fan of that venue you played beautiful. *I was the one that screamed I LOVE YOU SO MUCH* hehe… I really really really do wish that I could’ve seen you play Castles in The Air 😦 that made me really sad aha… Don PLEASE PLEASE PLAY IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA AGAINNN! We love you here (especially me) ❤

  27. hooray , bought our tickets to see Don in Tarrytown NY 🙂 just got to get the flights to New York from the UK sorted 🙂 🙂 cant wait x

  28. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE COME BACK AND PLAY IN SOCAL… Still crushed it was like the one show people didn’t get to meet you at… Please come back!!!

  29. We saw Don at a small venue in Englewood NJ on January 24,2014. He and his band were great. His drummer was fantastic. The security guard also rushed us when we were getting DVD’s signed. I just wanted to say a few nice things to Don but was rushed out. We hope he comes back to play this venue again and I can get a signed Christmas DVD and enjoy hearing his music again.

  30. Fabulous concert last night in Spokane, WA! We appreciated your energy, sincerity, and beautiful voice and song choices. The personal “bits and pieces” made great segues into the songs. The band was wonderful and thanks for letting us sing along!

  31. Saw the show last night at Northern Quest Casino in Spokane WA. Such a beautiful voice! So many memories attached to so many of your songs Mr. McLean. Thank you for sharing your gift with the world. Truly truly enjoyed the show last night. Keep doing what you do!

  32. I already have tix for your Feb. 23rd. show at the Crest Theater in Sacramento Ca.
    Really looking forward to seeing you next Sunday evening live after all these years!
    If I were to bring my 43 year old school vinyl record jacket, “AMERICAN PIE”,
    would you please be so kind to take 15 seconds after the show to autograph it for me?
    I still listen to it and your 1974 “HOMELESS BROTHER” lp on a 1971 Technics Turntable for that great “warm tone” anolog sound!
    Not only would I be honored, but I would be the only “Kid” on the block to have one!
    Thank-you very much!

  33. What a class act! Nice to see an artist so appreciative of his fans.
    When security tried to keep the audience from “dancing” Don intervened, saying “that’s what they came for!”
    He has an awesome voice. I can cross off one of my bucket list items now

  34. WOW to hear the master of song in the wonderful theater in Astoria Oregon was a true gift and the performance was fresh and he shared his passion of song with the audience……….I thought no one could follow the show put on by Judy Collins last night, but if anyone could it was Don Mclean and he didn’t let this fans down………maybe I’ll be lucky to see him again ….one can only hope………

  35. I am so glad to see folks are sharing more of their experiences as of late. I plan to share mine of two weeks ago soon, still trying to put a name to a couple songs. Is there any chance that these comments could be listed with the newest one on top? Thank you for considering.

  36. It was an exciting evening in York, Pa on 1/31/14. There was a great turn out for a cold January night, The show started promptly at 7:30 and no opening act – once in a while we get a lucky treat of more Don and less someone else! Don looked quite fit and relaxed. He started with his Buddy Holly medley, All Right, Peggy Sue Got Married, and Everyday followed by:
    Love Sick Blues after which he told us we were a good audience and that he would play lots of songs and expressed his love of singing (how refreshing after all these years)
    Winterwood
    If We Try
    And I Love You So
    I’m The Lucky One (he announced it was a brand new song – very nice)
    Love In My Heart
    Jerusalem
    Gotta Know
    Have You Seen Me
    Love Hurts
    Thanks A Lot (still can’t get out of my head)

    After 14 songs he and the Band took a well-deserved 20 minute break. I don’t ever recall a concert where he broke in the middle, and it was interesting just to see him casually meander back onto the stage wanting to know if everyone had enough to drink. After a bit of fumbling (he couldn’t find his capo, said after all these years you would think he knows he keeps it in his back pocket) he broke into Lotta Lovin after which he talked a bit about the Jordanaires saying they were all gone.

    Crying (said in a soft voice twice that it was a hard song to do)
    Tulsa Time
    Talked some about Brownie McGee, then sang Backwater Blues (Bessie Smith)
    You Know Baby (a Josh White song that he said took him 20 years to learn how to play, including some thumb sliding down the neck), even the Band applauded.
    Vincent
    Lovers Love The Spring
    Put it Right Here (Bessie Smith)
    The next song still has me wondering – Slow and Easy (rock and roll his baby). I’ve listened to an older version of Slow and Easy but it was not this one – any ideas?
    American Pie – Don always wants the house lights turned up and left up, he truly enjoys looking at the audience while they go crazy.
    And finally, Got The Bull By The Horns

    A spectacular evening of 25 songs and a voice we long to hear again soon. Every concert is a thrill and we hope Don keeps going for years to come. Some day I hope that he will sing This is America live. It is so beautiful, a song many of us here in the US love. Thank you Don.

  37. God the show in Sacramento was the most amazing show ever.. Meeting Don after was the greatest moment of my life. Me and my sister danced to American Pie while the whole audience sadly sat through it all even though Don wanted them up.. Still absolutely amazing..

    I need some help though, I was wondering if anyone knows when Don’s tickets in Riverside at the Fox Performing Arts Center go on sale?? Please and thanks 🙂

  38. I believe I am the biggest silent Don McLean fan in the world. I just confirmed seats in what I believe is the front row for the Capitol Theater show in Clearwater Fl this coming Friday night. I remember driving to a show in Albany NY – in ’72 I think – but turning back due to traffic (oh…I was only 16 and not yet road savvy) and regretting that so since then as I never did see Don McLean in concert. I have seen many of my favorites in concert over the years – James Taylor, Phil Collins,Bruce Springstein, Jackson Browne, Bob Dylan, and others, but if I had to pick my number one all time favorite artist it would be Don McLean. And I am a fan much more of the music that wasn’t played on air than was. His genius in writing lyric and music to me was not only prophetic, but inspirational to me still to this day.
    I am bringing my 23 year old daughter on Friday night to front row seats to what will be for me, the concert of a life time and a joy to share with my daughter who thanks to me knows every word of “{American Pie” simply because she knows what a Don McLean fan her mother is!!!.

  39. I was only 6 and turned 7 in 1972 and I waited all these years and finally met Don last year at Twin Towns in Australia. I live in Australia in Brisbane and the experience of meeting Don left me speechless. 42 and half years since I sat at our kitchen table as a 6 and a half year old and sang the full version of American Pie into the mic of our first tape recorder that Dad brought home. It is my theme song and I play it every day of my life. I too am a huge fan and he is a great guy. I have been in hospital since then and one of the nurses told me her cousin is Don’s son’s best friend. I hope I get to meet him again or if anyone knows how I can send him a card or letter please let me know.

  40. Never had the oportunity to meet Don. I’m French, living in France and attended Temple University, Philadelphia in the 70’s, then retunred to my country. Don’t ask me why… it might have been the very mistake of my life. I listened for the first time to Don’s song at that time. Back to France, as I was a singer and guitar player, I used to sing a few song of Don such as “Vincent”, “Empty Chairs”, “Crossroads” and some others This morning, as you all were still asleep, I wacthed some Don’s video on youtube. What can I say ? It just made my day !
    Don, if you ever happen to read this post, you’ll know how you’ve been my guide in singing and playing guitare, how glad I am to know you’re still singing, how I love you and how great your songs are.
    Johan.

  41. I have seen Don Mclean in Staten Island a few years ago and left in a wonderful state. He was just great! Last night in Clearwater,,,I don’t know who was on stage. He sang 2 or 3 of his classics and spent the rest of the night playing country tunes that nobody knows and first time new stuff.
    I understand that after playing Empty Chairs six thousand times he gets tired of it…..But this is what the people come to hear. His impatiences also makes him hurry every song without him singing in the original timing. Don Mclean has fantastic songs…Why doesn’t he sing them to the fans. The biggest applause he got was from “And I Love Her So” because those are the songs we want to hear.
    Still love your music….Wish I could have heard it last night …………

  42. Great concert at the Capitol Theater in Clearwater … great sound and a truly memorable performance. Don’s version of “Love Hurts” (I was first introduced to this song by ’70s rock band Nazareth) was beautiful. I also loved his song about the man who always waves; brings one back to an era when people sat on their front porches, content to watch the world go by. … I have attempted to compile a setlist: http://www.setlist.fm/setlist/don-mclean/2014/capitol-theatre-clearwater-fl-53c2ffcd.html – If anyone can fill in my incomplete effort, that would be nice; unfortunately, I left my pen in the car and my memory for setlists is not so good.

  43. Attended the Don McClean concert in Clearwater on March 7, 2014 @ 7:30 pm. Absolutely fabulous.
    Don is truly the poet, singer, philosopher of American music. It was such a joy to sing American Pie with an audience made up mostly of 50, 60, 70+ year olds who enjoy such beautiful music. You bring
    such peace and joy to this crazy mixed up world.

  44. I always find it interesting when apparent casual “fans” like Mark comments negatively about Don McLean’s set list. I have been to a dozen or so shows over the past thirty years and the thing that appeals to me the most is Don’s versatility and continual evolution as an artist for over 40 years.
    This includes Don presenting a mixture of his mega hits along with a mix of lesser known selections and styles including hits from everyone from Josh White to Buddy Holly etc…..Saw Don at BB Kings in New York City last spring and while there were many fans that couldn’t wait for the next song, there were fans like Mark who expected American Pie and Vincent to be played over and over. I suggest that Mark expand his play list and understand that Don is not stuck in 1971. As Ricky Nelson said in his hit “Garden Party”……….
    If you gotta play at garden parties, I wish you a lotta luck
    But if memories were all I sang, I rather drive a truck

    • Well said, Cleveland Rocker. We see about three concerts a year and I long for the concert like we saw back in January, 25 songs! For those of us who truly appreciate the voice and writing ability, I would take the less popular tunes any day. Yes, Don does change up the tempo sometimes, but I love that. A bit unfair Mark to say his impatience hurries his way through every song, where did that come from? I’ve never seen a performer any more generous with his audience. We’re all entitled to our opinions and comments, but these took me back a bit. Anyway, still waiting to hear “This is America” live someday before I die! Please come back to Maryland soon !!

  45. What a great evening! I’ve wanted to see Don McLean in concert for many years and the Capitol Theater in Clearwater was a perfect venue! The entire band was fantastic and played such a variety of songs that I was pleasantly surprised to hear it range from Frank Sinatra to Nazareth! My dad (age 75) enjoyed the show just as much as my brother and I – several of the songs brought tears to my father’s eyes and I will always remember sharing this experience. I would have never thought in the 70’s that one day we would have the opportunity to hear such a gifted songwriter and classy musician playing the songs we loved back when… Don McLean and some of the other band members were kind and gracious enough to greet folks after the show – another pleasant surprise!
    One of the highlights of the evening was watching several generations of people all sing the words to American Pie! Another was the perfect solo rendition of Vincent – my favorite song of all time! I highly encourage everyone to see this show when it comes any where near your town. I left with the impression that Don McLean’s loves his audience as much as we all love his music!

  46. He is truly amazing – I am in Australia and saw him last year for the first time – my idol since I was 6 and my dream to meet him came true 42and a half years later. We did photos, he signed my book and so did the band and we jammed American pie in the walkway at Twin Towns Tweed Heads in New South Wales Australia. Nothing can ever surpass it.

  47. I have wanted to see Don McLean in concert since missing a show in the park in Albany NY in 1972 and finally did so in Clearwater Fl last week. It was the concert of my life time. Don McLean is my all time favorite singer songwriter – over my seconds…Neil Young, Jackson Browne, John Denver, Phil Collins, Dan Fogelberg, Dave Matthews and countless female singer/songwriters. It was the thrill of my life time to see him in concert – and better yet as I took my 23 year old daughter and had front row center seat!!!.
    Like an earlier comment from another fan on this post, I thought I would be treated to more classics. However, I LOVED the selections Don chose to perform and thought it was a PERFECT concert. I am in the hospitality business and felt the same way I do when I dine at a top restaurant – I always opt for the specials or the Chef’s tasting menu as I trust the artist in the kitchen to show me something new. While my love for Don McLean’s music is rooted in my particular favorites (and those are not so much the top 40 songs – though those are certainly engrained in my favorites roster) I thoroughly enjoyed his desired playlist at the concert. I felt I was treated to what he wanted to sing.- and his performance was amazing and his dialogue so generous to his audience and a two hour + performance without an intermission, unlike most most performers. The band was incredible and an amazing assembly of talent, one I imagine drawn by and to Don McLean’s artistry.
    I can go back to my cd’s and listen to my favorites at any time (and oh how I love Dreidel, Empty Chairs, and especially Magdeline Lane) but it is a rare treat when I get to hear what the artist wants to perform – and the artist, Don McLean, in Clearwater at the Capitol Theater on March 7th gave me, a life long fan, and my daughter, a youngerr generation fan, a very special concert serving up what he wanted this audience to hear. We as fans can always go back to our albums and CD’s to hear our favorites and standards. I have a strong sense that Don McLean knows that. I am forever appreciative that he does and that I was front row center with my daughter at the Capitol Theater on March 7th in clearwater Fl.

    • What a lovely review. You put into words exactly how I feel. Let Don sing what he wants and let us all hold on and enjoy the moment. It is so much fun when he comes out with some surprises in concert, can’t be too many for me. When he tells the audience how much he loves to sing, it is so heartfelt, how refreshing after all these years. Please don’t retire for many years to come.

  48. I attended the March 22, 2014 concert in Collingswood NJ. Judy Collins opened for Don…and even still, she has the voice of an angel!! So pure and perfect pitch!!
    Don was amazing…he always is!!! This is not the first concert of his I’ve attended…he has the most amazing, soothing voice and can sing everything from folk, rock and roll, country…you name it!! Of course, we all enjoy his “classics” ….and he did not let us down…American Pie, Crossroads, Vincent, And I Love You So, were among some of the many wonderful “standards” that we love hearing over and over again!!…and you haven’t lived until you’ve “rocked” along with him singing American Pie at the top of your lungs!! Loved it!!!
    I must admit the only down side was at the meet and greet after. I was in line behind 2 people who I believe were “autograph hounds and then sell it on ebay” types which I’m assuming Don realized and was not happy with. I was thrilled at meeting this icon…this wonderful, creative person whose music and voice has sustained me for over four decades through some of the most trying points of my life. In fact, when I lost my home and most of the contents to a fire 4 years ago, one of my goals was to replace my Don McLean “library” which I have been working on since then. I bought some cds that night, but brought my American Pie cd jacket in the hopes that I could get it signed. He very graciously did so. I asked about getting a picture with him and he was not happy to pose and for that, I am sorry. I realize he just did an amazing show, and that it was late, and that the people in front of me may have angered him, and maybe he just didn’t feel well that evening, but “the show must go on.” It was sad leaving feeling like I was ‘tossed off like the morning covers.” 😦
    Am I still a Don McLean fan? Absolutely!! He has been a part of my life for over 40 years…his voice has enveloped me as a student driving my first car (a Chevy) back and forth to college in 1972 and singing American Pie out loud as I drove, as a young gal working in radio in Philly, as a wife, a mom, and now in my latter years…and I can’t imagine not listening to his soothing voice as my hair turns gray …I look forward to the next concert …so ” ‘Til Tomorrow” I will listen to his music and celebrate his genius!

  49. Always enjoyed Don’s music and have most of his vinyl, cassettes and CD’s. However, the concert in Collingswood NJ was extremely disappointing. The only time he sounded like himself was when he sang without the drums and electric guitars. The drummer thought he was the only person on stage – he overpowered everything. Many people left before Don sang American Pie. Once that was over, people left in droves. The song about the old man waving went on and on. Thought t hat would never end. I hope don is feeling well as he did not seem engaged with the audience as usual.

  50. Like Nancy Dillon-Havemann, I was disappointed with Don McLean’s concert at the Scottish Rite in Collingswood NJ. It’s not that I had expectations that were not met; I had not been to a Don McLean concert before, and I am not a devoted fan. Rather, it’s that the sound technician did such a poor job of modulating the volume of the various musicians that their individual excellence was drowned out by the others. Piano and lead guitar solos were lost in the melange, as was McLean’s voice, at times. Two other things annoyed me. One was the almost tinny sound of McLean’s electrified guitar. Some songs cried out for the natural sound of an amplified, but not electrified, acoustic guitar. The other annoyance was McLean’s failure to end the concert with American Pie. This song is the natural climax of the Don McLean’s performance – it’s what the audience was waiting for. As a seasoned performer, McLean should know better than to continue after the audience has been satisfied. (Joan Collins, who opened the evening’s entertainment, was perfectly polished, in every respect. Though she’s in her mid-70s, her voice has not aged.)

    • I’ve been thinking about this post and one prior voicing disappointment about Don’s NJ concert. My only suggestion would be that you move along to someone else and allow the rest of us, who are devoted fans and would go to as many concerts as we could afford, to enjoy one of the most gifted artists of all time, as well as this website. You are entitled to your opinion of course, but being annoyed about the order in which Don entertains his audience is a bit much. We love you Don, don’t change a thing!

      • Why is it disappointing to read a negative when the concert was nothing like other Don McLean concerts I have attended. I was soooo happy to get tickets for this concert and sooooo disappointed when it was over. It is unfortunate others who were at this concert and left early are not commenting on the performance. I do not feel it was Don’s voice because everything he sang without the booming drums and electric guitars was perfection. I would attend another of Don’s concert when he is back in the NJ or PA area in the hopes the sound tech is someone who can hear the music properly without distortion and over powering the instruments. I want to hear Don and his great voice and guitar not all the others who think that need to over play.

  51. I see that Don’t tour is taking him to the States all around us (California, New Mexico, Nevada) but I sure wish he’d make a stop here in Phoenix, Arizona. We’d love to see him, especially if he played the Musical Instrument Museum which I think would be great venue Don.

  52. David… I agree with you that the sound levels needed more attention. I can’t imagine the performer’s frustration knowing levels need adjustment and not being able to do much short of stopping and insisting the problem be rectified.
    I am a devoted fan…and to me, whether he opened with American Pie, closed with it, or sandwiched it in the middle…it’s fine with me!! I love his music. I love his voice…so wherever he decided to sing that classic was fine….
    And, I don’t know who you were listening to opening the concert…I was listening to Judy Collins…and yes, she was great!

  53. Please come back to Nashville…soon. I missed seeing you the last time you were here and hate it soo very much.

    Besides, you owe me! I had tickets to see you at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta back in 1981 (or 82) and the show was cancelled! I never did know why.

    So, please…please come back to Nashville.

  54. Don!! Are you still playing Cumberland Civic Center on July 12th or this year (2014)? I was looking for tickets, but am having NO luck.. Help!!!!!!!!!! It appears to be your only show in NE… and I want to come see you on my birthday!!!!!!!

    • this is still a confirmed date on Don’s itinerary. We don’t have ticket information – I’d advise keeping in contact with the venue about this

  55. We saw Don Mclean perform with the Louisville Orchestra a few years ago and it was one of the best concerts I ever attended. This year we saw him in Clearwater FL and I must say we were disappointed with the songs and the energy of the concert. He finally got everyone on their feet with American Pie…left the stage and didn’t even come back for an encore. It was very disappointing.

  56. My hope is for Don to do a concert in Malaysia. Like everywhere around the world, Don’s followers here yearns to see him perform in a concert that would be in our bucket list. Please swing over soon.

  57. I saw Don a number of times about 30 years ago in Toronto at Ontario Place, the Forum. What lovely concerts in such a beautiful and intimate setting ,and with the rotating stage there was not a bad seat in the place ! We were settled on our blankets on the grass with nothing but his magnificent voice to fill the evening air, the memory still gives me goosebumps !
    Unfortunately I didn’t hear about the concert here in 2013 , I would love to take my children to see him, so please keep Toronto in mind for your next set of dates ! In the meantime, thanks for the memories !

  58. one of the greatest singer/songwriters of all time..performed many moons ago at the famous Café Lena in Saratoga N.Y.. also had the priviledge of seeing him in Albany in Washington Park in 1972 and again at The Egg in Albany a few years ago as well as at The Hard Rock in Hollywood Florida. Only one sad note amongst many happy ones was that he failed to sing Castles In The Air..not sure why.

    • we hope that Don does Castles In The Air this evening at The Tarrytown Music Hall in Tarrytown, N.Y. forgot to mention that Don is an accomplished musician as well as au unparalelled singer/songwriter.
      Robert

  59. I had the great pleasure to hear Don, in-person, last December in Capistrano. He was, and is, amazing! A great singer/writer and I enjoyed him a lot. It is always exciting to find out “what will he sing tonight”. He shared most of his standards, but also introduced us to a few songs that were new to me. Really enjoyed the evening!
    He will be back in Southern California in July 2014, and I already have my ticket purchased. It will be great to see you again, Don.
    One request: In the Capistrano performance, the bass was way too loud. Would have liked to have heard the keyboard and piano better. Maybe even Don could just play by himself?

  60. Your comment is much as mine was after the Collingswood NJ concert – Don is amazing, alone !!! Too many instruments cause distortion and ruin Don’s vocals and guitar sounds. I saw him many yrs ago at Monmouth University, Long branch NJ – Front Row center in a tiny venue – It was so fantastic that I cried for nearly the entire performance – tears of joy for the beauty! I only wish Don could hear how loud the instruments become – sad. I would love to see him again, alone or without a drum set in particular – he doesn’t need it – IMO

  61. To my homies in Cleveland, enjoy the legendary Don McLean in concert at the Masonic Temple on Wednesday, June 11th. Hopefully this is the precursor of Don’s visit to Cleveland as a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2015……Sing a tune for me and remember I am with you in spirit as the last time I saw him there was in the Front Row Theater right after Don’s remake of Crying in the early 80’s. What a show and what a magnificent voice that still brings back great memories of the legend himself…..Rock N Roll C-Town!!!!

  62. Yes, I have my ticket for Don’s performance in Riverside, CA in July 2014.

    I remember that Steve Martin recorded his performance at the same historic Fox Performing Arts Center in Riverside, California in the fall of 2013. This program was broadcast on PBS in March 2014.

    Don, is there any chance you could have PBS record your Riverside, CA show?

  63. Perceptions are amazing and often different! I absolutely loved the concert and wasn’t at all disappointed there wasn’t an encore. Also appreciated the book/cd signing after the show.

  64. We had the opportunity to hear Don at the LCPS stadium and field of dreams last night in Las Cruces NM. I had waited many years to hear Don and was only disappointed in the fact that the Audience was kept far away from the stage and completely off the field. It was a great concert and as it is our last fourth here in the Southwest and we will be moving to Oregon, I checked the tour dates and it looks like we can have a belated anniversary and see Don in Salem in the Historic Elsinore Theater in October 14. Thank you Don for a great show. We look forward to seeing you a little more up close and personal next time!

  65. We enjoyed hearing Don last night (7/4) in Las Cruces, but the new venue where the city set up the show was awful. Live music of any kind is great, but it is especially enjoyable when you can be close enough to see the musicians (and for them to see you and your enjoyment of what they do). At the “Field of Dreams”, we could hardly see the musicians, and that’s no fun at all! So thanks for coming here, Don. Hope we’ll get to see you and your band another time and in a better place!

  66. I just wanted to tell Don McLean how sorry I am for the VERY ODD situation in Las Cruces, New Mexico lastnight 4th of July. The city didn’t want to “ruin” the new turf at the Field of Dreams so no one was allowed on the turf! Everyone had to watch from the bleachers or the gates and the entire field empty! I bet he has never experienced anything like that in his life!! 😦 I spent all day before the show listening to his songs and learning about some of his life. I couldn’t even see him up close and get a decent pic. However, his performance was awesome. I hope he saw that double rainbow over our Organ Mountains that lasted like an hour before his show! It was beautiful. It really is a beautiful city here, despite this very odd set up for his concert and I hope he will come back!! Please pass this message along to Don!! Melissa Hall.

  67. DON: COME TO SARATOGA PERFORMING ART CENTER in Saratoga, NY. if you can! I only went to see Harry Chapin but never returned. If you can arrange it
    I’ll be there! A sold-out gig. I guarantee it….. Don’t forget to bring “AMERICAN-PIE” with YOU. I sing that song in the shower every day……………………….

  68. Thank-you for your music in a time when some of us needed to find peace. I wish the newer songwriters of today wrote lyrics like you!

  69. Had the great pleasure of finally getting to attend a live performance of Don and Judy Collins at the Fox Theatre in Riverside, CA. What a splendid way to spend an evening.

  70. Don’s concert last Friday (7/25/14) (Riverside, CA) was exciting. Always love to hear what Don puts together for each performance. He sang, what he said was a new song, “I’m A Lucky Guy”. It was new to me and I loved it! Don still knows how to write, let alone sing, fabulous songs PLUS he puts on a fabulous show! How do I get a recording of “Lucky Guy”?
    Evidently the crowd in Riverside really had a good time. Don actually did an encore (Vincent). It was Don alone, all by himself, and it was great.
    I have now been to three of Don’s Shows. They, and the show on Friday, had VERY LOUD SOUND! I wish that I had brought a db meter with me so I could objectively measure the sound level. I had to keep my fingers over my ears to protect them. Two people seated next to me did the same thing. In fact, they left after 20 minutes because of the sound level.
    I will say, this was the first live Don McLean show that I could hear Tony’s keyboard and piano. I am casting my one vote for you to just bring yourself and Tony to all your shows. BTW, you really do not need anything more than your guitar, Don.

  71. Las Cruces, New Mexico, July 4th, 2014.
    We planned a motorcycle trip to at least 4 national parks and other historical places of interest in New Mexico, Arizona, Utah, and Colorado. Our first day would be the longest in the saddle, DFW to Las Cruces, New Mexico. I Googled and found that Don McLean would be performing there with the holiday festivities. We got there in plenty of time. I love hearing Don McLeans voice and his lyrics. His songs were impressed into my mind in the 60’s and 70’s. Seeing him in person would be a treat.
    Unfortunately, whoever planned the event goofed up big time. The venue was the high school’s football field. Did they place him on the 50 yard line facing the crowd? Did they allow fans to work their way up to the stage? No, on both counts. The stage was way up at the North end of the property, overlooking an empty football field. If we squinted really hard, we could make him out. So sad. Mr McLean even commented that he wished the audience was closer. It must have been a disappointment for him to play out to an empty football field. An international song writer/entertainer/singer in Las Cruces, New Mexico . . . . and they blew it!
    Yet, I’m glad that he was there and gave his best for the performance. Thank you, Don McLean.

  72. I attended Don McLean’s Mountain Winery performance last Saturday. Prior to that, the last time I saw Don perform was twice in 1973 at universities I was attending. I always remembered how impressed I was that he, solo without a backup band — just a guitar, a banjo and his voice — could command an audience so well.
    When I saw that he was going to perform here so close to home, I jumped at the chance to see him again. He was as good as ever. His voice as strong and clear as ever. He did have a backup band this time so the performance sounded closer to how he sounds on our records and CDs. Fortunately I didn’t feel that the band was overpowering as others had commented here.
    If I recall correctly, he opened with And I Love You So. His set then included a Buddy Holly song and a Johnny Cash song (I forget the names), and two songs I hadn’t heard before: I’m The Lucky Guy and Waving Man. And other classics such as : Empty Chairs, Crossroads, Castles In The Air, Crying, and Homeless Brother. He concluded with a rousing sing-along version of American Pie before leaving the stage. Many were wondering why no Vincent. A number of people in the audience actually got up and left. I knew he would have to sing Vincent but people kept leaving. Too bad for them. Don finally came back out and gave an encore performance of Vincent solo, which was the way he closed his concerts when I saw him 41 years ago.
    After the concert he came out for a meet & greet and he was kind enough to autograph his photo in my 1973 college yearbook.
    It was a really great and enjoyable concert and I left feeling amazed that he, at his age, still enjoys touring and traveling so much and that he keeps such a full schedule. I wish that younger people today would have the opportunity to listen to and appreciate all that his music has to offer.
    And I do hope to have another opportunity to see him again without waiting another 41 years this time!

  73. My wife and I attended the show at the Arvada Center on 7-30-14. Although the weather was cold and rainy for a summer evening, we thoroughly enjoyed Don’s set. The songs colored pictures of many emotions from happy to sad to funny and culminated with a rousing sing along of AP. The band was fantastic.
    I might also add how thrilled we were will Judy Collins performance, her Colorado angle was endearing.

  74. What a thrill and pleasure to experience the love and passion Don has for music and connecting with his audience. Brilliant beyond his years and an endless talent for so many years. Mr. McLean, it was an honor to see you in Reno, NV, last evening. Truly and gift to us all. Thank you.

  75. Oh my god. This was my 3rd time seeing Don at the Riverside theatre. He never ever ceases to amaze me. This time I was 3rd row in the VIP section and standing up while he played American pie and dancing and being that close. Absolutely unreal. And when he played Castles in The Air, my life is forever changed. Most amazing show ever. If he just would’ve signed after I probably could’ve died happy at that moment. When he signed after in Sacremento, that’s still the greatest day of my life. I wish I could listen to I’m The Lucky Guy and a couple others he sang but I cannot find them anywhere. With all this being said DON YOU ARE THE MOST AMAZING PERSON EVER, please please add another Southern California show, I’m sad looking at these tour dates and not seeing CA 😥 I love you always.

    • Don is writing new songs for a possible new album so these will be three of those. Before that a new record distributor for Don will be releasing a new CD/DVD of a concert in Manchester England from October 1991 to be available in music stores worldwide. They are also re-issuing the Starry Starry Night collection.

      • Wow that’s amazing. I don’t think I’ve been so excited for someone to come out with a new album before!!!! Thank you! I will get the concert dvd when it comes out too. I love you don don

      • Hi Don, just wanted you to know that you are my inspiration for writing beautiful lyrics. My favourite song of all time is Vincent. And one of my songs just made it to the semi finals in the UK Songwriting Contest. “Ver Mi Camino” (Look My Way). Robyn

  76. Let’s get Don to swing through Austin and Houston. YES was able to pull a full crowd at the Bayou Theatre here last week so we know all will be good. I am looking at Baton Rouge on August 22 as my only hope….

  77. Have just returned home from Don’s concert this evening at the Spencer Theater in Alto, (Ruidoso)New Mexico. What a wonderful time we had. Every song Don sang showed his enthusiasm for being there and singing the songs for the audience. His band members are all masters in their own right. Every word was articulately pronounced and the ‘mixing’ of the voice/instruments was superb. More than one song brought tears to our eyes! We thank you, Don, for a wonderful evening! Please keep up the good work, and thank you for coming to Ruidoso!

  78. I was born in 1968 & have LOVED/sung American Pie since I was a toddler. My six year old Bobby now continues on singing and riffing some of his own lyrics on top of yours.
    Good thing we love the song because he plays it many times a day. He is inspired and now wants a drum kit & guitar. Thank you for all the great music, inspiration and joy! Is there anyway to get a picture/autograph to my little guy?

  79. Hi , i am now 66 and feel so sorry for all the youngsters who missed the 60,s , what a blast we had and I had the privilege of listening to and loving all our music , VINCENT was and still is one of my all time favorites ….. an absolute eternal classic , they cannot do that now days …… regards , keep entertaining ….. amazing …..

  80. Wonderful concert in Greensburg, PA last night! “Crying”, “Vincent”, and “Love Hurts” were highlights for me, and of course “American Pie” ROCKED!!! Don’t be a stranger, Don! PA loves you!

  81. My wife and I attended the concert this past Friday in Greensburg, PA. It was really great. Don’t miss Don McLean and his band if you have the opportunity.

  82. I have waited 43 years to have chance to see Don McLean in concert…..AND….I finally did at the Stadium Theatre in Woonsocket ,RI……his performance for me was simply ELECTRIFYING & worth all the long time of trials & tribulations in my personal life……..the most compelling moment for me was when I actually got to meet him after the show for his autograph & photo together…ROCK ON Don with love from ElvisLilSister

  83. Had the pleasure of hearing Don McLean in concert last night in Woonsocket, Rhode Island.
    It was a wonderful, warm, gracious concert held in a charming older theatre before an appreciative crowd.
    I had never seen Don in concert as a teenager (now in my 50s) and was afraid I might be disappointed…that it wouldn’t “sound the same” as I remembered from our radios of youth.
    Oh boy, am I happy to report that it was more than I ever could have anticipated. Don’s voice is still lovely and his lyrical sung “stories” are more touching than ever thanks to a life more lived now.
    Thank you, Mr. McLean and your great band, for continuing to share your music with the rest of us.
    Keep writing,
    Katherine

  84. We were thrilled to see Don McLean tonight in Newton, NJ – what a great show! Don’s voice is incredible! The band was fabulous, and the energy terrific! Thank you!

  85. Saw Don McLean Friday night at Newton Theater, NJ. Fantastic show! What an amazing experience seeing him in person! Such energy and passion in every song he did. Started at about 8:45 and went on till about 10:30. One of the best concerts I’ve ever seen, will cherish for the rest of my life.
    much thanks to Don for visiting my neck of the woods.

  86. Experienced Don at The Newton Theatre November 14th. Such a humble and genuine artist! His music is poetry delivered with beating heart and soul. Don’s passion for folk music and storytelling through lyrics is incandescent and especially refreshing compared to today’s pop music that tends to lack true depth or meaning. Especially thankful that Don stayed after the concert to sign memorabilia and CDs. Now THAT is an artist who loves his fans and his craft. Thank you for a delightful night, Don!

  87. I love the song American Pie! Has so much emotion!! : ) : )
    I don’t know how you felt about it Don but I I loved Madonna’s version of it too. In fact, that’s how I heard about it. In year 2000, I listened to the song probably more than a 100 times within a week : )
    Although Madonna was singing it, it is your song, your Lyrics +Music+Emotion .

    Keep up the good work.

  88. My wife Kathy and I just visited the New York Metropolitan Art Museum in NYC and went right to the Vincent Van Gogh paintings in the Impressionist section. What we saw in his paintings was profound! His think brush strokes cannot be appreciated in seeing a print or photo of his masterworks. We have since doe a lot of reading of books about Vincent (Van Gogh, A Perspective, and Lust for Life) and are amazed by the letters from his brother Theo and Vincent. Also the published letters and newspaper articles by art critics and fellow impressionist painters, like Renoir and Monet. Van Gogh was not appreciated in his time and if it wasn’t for his brother, Theo and Theo’s wife, Vincents works might have disappeared.
    Then we happened to stumble on to Don McLean’s song about Vincent – “Starry, Starry Night”. I cannot justly give all the superlatives we feel about this great song that Don wrote. It is amazing!
    It sums up how we feel about Vincent. By the way, Vincent Van Gogh always signed his paintings – “Vincent” and left off the Van Gogh. he signed only his first name, as did his hero Rembrandt.

    • Ben,
      According to the tour dates, Don will be playing at BB Kings in New York City. In all my years following Don, this venue was the most intimate and enjoyable. Seating is a little tight with 6 or 8 ft tables with cabaret seating on both sides. Got there around 7:15 PM for an 8 PM show and tip the waiter a $20 and got seats no more than 15 feet from the stage. Had I gotten there a little earlier I could have been closer. They were selling booths for $200+ish and it would have been nice. My only complaint were the ignorant people in the booths behind me who wouldn’t be quiet. I would have liked management to kick them out as they were rude and annoying. Laughing and jabbering during the numbers, I wish Don would have sang American Pie first so the would have left. Otherwise autographs and chance to get Don to sign. Highly recommend, great show….Someday my home city will put Don in the Hall of Fame where he belongs, Peace

  89. We saw Don last night (20 Feb 15) at the Harvester Center, Rocky Mount VA. Fantastic show and the acoustics were perfect. The center is small, Don and the band talked to the audience like we were long time friends.

  90. Just saw Don at a small concert venue. He was absolutely fabulous. His voice was perfectly strong and clear. We didn’t want him to end the evening! A+++++

    • Don played the SF Bay Area last summer, at the Mt. Winery in Saratoga, CA. Please scroll through the older comments here. I posted about it on July 31, 2014 at 11:27 am.

  91. Just saw Don in the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall (27 May 2015), which was packed. Don was amazing, had the audience enraptured, mesmerized and following every word. Played for two hours and was the consummate professional. Everyone was on their feet for American Pie. Vocals were amazing and the band superb. Thanks Don, hurry back to Glasgow.

  92. I’ve seen Don McLean 3 times. The last time was July 4, 2013 when he did a free concert with the Portland (Maine) Symphony Orchestra. I was a volunteer and as I was waiting for a tee shirt, an SUV pulls up and guess who gets out? Don McLean. He walked right by me! I’d met him before and have 3 autographed CD covers. PRIZED possessions. Going to see him at the Maine Lobster Festival this summer again! My karaoke song is also “Killing Me Softly” and I NAIL it every time. Thanks for the music & memories, Mr McLean.

  93. Just saw Don and Judy Collins performing at the Orleans in Las Vegas Nv. This was my fifth time to see Don and first to see Ms Collins. Ms. Collins’ beautiful voice has not been hindered with age. She delighted us with stories between songs and you could tell that if she had the entire program she would have had no problem filling it with music and stories.

    Don and his band began 10 minutes after Ms Collins. The crowd was ready to rock and Don did not disappoint. As always his concert was an eclectic mixture of album cuts, songs from a future album he told us he was working on, and old favorites. American Pie resulted in and encore of the chorus twice and an encore of the first verse. For the formal encore, Don arrived sans backup band stating as he sat down “I was coming back anyway”. With only solo guitar Don sang Vincent to another standing ovation.

    To steal from John Lennon “A splendid time was guaranteed for all”

  94. I just saw Don and Judy Collins at The Orleans in Las Vegas. I was very pleasantly surprised by the talent Judy Collins had, both her amazing voice AND her great guitar playing. While I was never a big fan of hers, I really started listening to Judy since watching the show.

    Don McClean is simply an icon. I was very happy to take my son and his girlfriend so that one day they could look back on seeing Don McClean play live. What a great, great performance. Cannot wait to see him play again!

  95. Saw him last nite at Lobster Festival, a truly great performance. He is a real icon. We are from Colubus, ohio and this year we took our granddaughter, what joy ,she was on cloud nine. She now has her 1st autograph cd. She has been a big fan for a while, shesb15, so Mr. McLean has inspired a new generation. It was great to see all the generations last nite, singing and dancing, he’s a true icon!
    Thank you.

  96. We listened to Don at the Lobster Festival in Rockland. I hadn’t seen him perform in years and was blown away with his energy and enthusiasm! All of his songs, old and new, sounded brand new! The rockin’ version of American Pie wrapped up the the night and we left with a smile on our faces and music in our hearts!

  97. My mom sent you a letter in high school inquiring about the meaning behind American Pie (Susan Legner, Streator High School ’74), and she was blessed by receiving your response. She has since lost your letter due to many moves. I love my mom more than anything. I would LOVE to help her re-live that success. You are amazing to us both. Her birthday is coming up soon… I would LOVE to be able to give her your response to American Pie. Again. I hope you’re feeling well enough to make an original fan’s day. My email is Erica_873@hotmail.com. I look forward to hearing from you. I pray I do.

  98. I caught Don last night at the SKYPAC (Southern Kentucky Performing Arts Center) in Bowling Green, Kentucky and had the “time of my life” musically-speaking. Not only does he sing as well as he did back in the 1970s, he totally engaged his audience and made us feel special and appreciated. His selection of music was eclectic and varied, and of course he thrilled us with his numerous hits from the last 40+ years.
    I never thought I’d have a chance to do a sing-along with Don in person, but myself and the entire audience reveled in our joining of voices to American Pie. It was a wonderful evening, one I’m sure to relish for the rest of my days. Thank you Don for the memories!!!

  99. What an entertaining show last night at our local theater, The Avalon, in Grand Junction, Colorado! So many genres of music in one night, and all superbly performed by Don and his talented band.

  100. In an Intro to Arts Class I teach, a few of my students chose Van Gooh as their artist for a PowerPoint presentation. One of my more astute 7th-graders asked if we could listen to Vincent. I found a youtube video with the lyrics and many images of his art. I couldn’t believe how emotional I became looking at his paintings and hearing the song. My students were silently listening (except for the one boy quietly singing along.) I heard Don McLean live at the U. of Florida back around 1971 (?) Timeless over 40 years later.

  101. Don,
    Just caught your show at the City Winery in Chicago. What a great evening. My wife and I enjoyed your new songs, songs we had never heard you sing before, and of course, a lot of our old favorites. I was reminded of the Edna St. Vincent Millay quote, “There isn’t a train I wouldn’t take, no matter where its going.” Adapted, I’m pretty sure it is true that there isn’t a song I wouldn’t like, as long as you were singing it.
    Thanks for a lifetime ( yours and mine ) of wonderful music !

    • Hi, was so pleased to read your post about Don’s concert on the 27th, after the awful events of the past week that he, and his fans have been going through, I have been desperate to know how he coped in the first performance after it. I didn’t doubt he would give anything less than perfect, nevertheless I was ( and am ) concerned for him. So I was particularly happy to hear it went so well and that you both enjoyed it.

      • There are a few youtube videos of some of the songs he sang on the 27th. This is the third time we have seen him perform live, and I don’t think he has lost a step. A great show.

      • Many thanks, will have a look, I have seen him quite a bit early 80’s onwards, but never enough, saw two here this year,one in May and then on his birthday. He has never disappointed me, and never will.

      • I saw him this past Saturday night in New Braunfels, TX. He was wonderful! He got several standing ovations as he sang thru his repertoire of genres! The audience loved him…so did I!

      • Hi, so glad you posted this, that is his last until March so hopefully he can have a rest. So glad everyone showed their enjoyment and support with the standing ovations, he’s had such a difficult few weeks since Christmas so it must be good to feel his audience are still with him. He is outstanding isn’t he, I’ve been a faithful admirer, and concert go’er since 1972. And he is still every bit as good as he was then.

  102. Dear Don,
    I’m so glad to see on your website that your upcoming concert dates are growing. This is very encouraging to so many of us who are very concerned for you and how you are doing, we hope you are coping and doing well. I’ve been following some of the reports out of interest and concern. Would I be disappointed if the allegations were true, absolutely, but I’ll never know and it certainly is not for me to judge. What I do know is that you’ve given your fans and followers so much joy and excitement for a very long time, I can only wish you the best and hope that you will continue to entertain us for years to come. I wanted so much to come to the Birchmere concert this Friday evening, but it is not possible. I was thrilled, however, to see that you will be coming to Chesapeake Beach, Md. on September 2 and we will be there for sure. It is two blocks from our beach house and I couldn’t be more excited. My husband and I have been to so many of your concerts and for months we both anticipate an evening with you and your band. We plan to bring lots of friends. For years they have all been intrigued with just why you are the one and only entertainer we will drive hours to see. At last, now they will know.

  103. It was about the winter of 1971 and I was on one of my first dates and went to see Three Dog Night (I think) in Dayton, Ohio. The warm-up act was Don McLean and before he was done he had the entire arena (Hara Arena) singing American Pie. Mind you, this was WAY before the song had hit the radio waves. For months I went without that song until one day I was in the car and heard it again as it began to be played on the radio. I immediately went home, got out my cassette tape recorder and waited until it came on the radio again and I recorded it. I then played it over and over again… 10 seconds at a time… writing down all of the lyrics until I had my own hand written copy of the lyrics to American Pie. I have to say THAT song is the keystone to my musical life as a teenager. I have a very soft spot for it and to this day, I can’t here just a moment of it without listening to the entire 8+ minutes. Thanks Don! Hope to see you here in Atlanta on July 3rd!

  104. It was about the winter of 1971 and I was on one of my first dates and went to see Three Dog Night (I think) in Dayton, Ohio. The warm-up act was Don McLean and before he was done he had the entire arena (Hara Arena) singing American Pie accompanied by only his single guitar. Mind you, this was WAY before the song had hit the radio waves. For months I went without that song until one day I was in the car and heard it again as it began to be played on the radio. I immediately went home, got out my cassette tape recorder and waited until it came on the radio again and I recorded it. I then played it over and over again… 10 seconds at a time… writing down all of the lyrics until I had my own hand written copy of the lyrics to American Pie. I have to say THAT song is the keystone to my musical life as a teenager. I have a very soft spot for it and to this day, I can’t hear just a moment of it without listening to the entire 8+ minutes. Thanks Don! Hope to see you here in Atlanta on July 3rd!

  105. Hi Don, I hope you are well. We are looking forward to your concert in Chesapeake Beach on September 2 and we were lucky enough to get VIP tickets up close at this beautiful venue. It will truly be a night to remember and the first time we haven’t had to drive hundreds of miles to see you. I’d also like to thank you for posting the two YouTubes of Wyatt’s latest songs. He is an amazing singer/songwriter and obviously possesses his dad’s genes. They both are thoughtful, well written tunes and his guitar skills/voice are very appealing. Any chance he will be joining you at any of your upcoming concerts? I don’t do Twitter and I don’t recall that you personally comment on this forum so I do hope you read this. Thanks so much.

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