The European tour 2010 is over for now and I’d like to thank everyone who posted comments or reviews, which have been read and enjoyed by over 100,000 worldwide visitors in the past month, including Don McLean and his musicians. Don also tours North America later this year and, if all goes to plan, returns to Australia in Feb 2011 and will be back in Europe before you know it.
It’s 10 years since the first UK ‘fan event’ at the Hammersmith Apollo when 20 or so fans got to see Don’s sound check and had after show passes for a meet and greet. Some fans and friends have enjoyed the same privilege again this year and one fan in particular, Annie, definitely has a place in Don’s heart and must hold the accolade as Don McLean’s No. 1 fan.
The success of the tour is in no small part down to the Asgard Agency and 3A Entertainment in London. A fine production team has toured with Don and his musicians throughout, including Don’s ever-friendly and efficient road manager.
In 2010 Don McLean’s popularity is once again on the ascendancy (could he soon take the stage at the O2 arena and/or an even bigger venue?) and we have a new classic Don McLean song in “I was always young”.
Don McLean appeared on the Andrew Marr show this morning. This is primarily a politics show and Don’s support was David Cameron, who on Friday may become Britain’s new Prime Minister.
Andrew Marr’s brief interview with Don McLean has made the BBC News website front page. Don McLean talked in his usual way about writing American Pie except today his words make headline news. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/8656973.stm
Today’s “Mail on Sunday” (a national newspaper in the UK) adds to the list of excellent reviews for Don McLean’s new album.
“…Addicted to Black is a frothy, frequently tongue-in-cheek set of songs in a breezy style that draws on bluegrass and early rock ‘n’ roll. There’s no American Pie and no Vincent, but it’s lively and moving. It’s also a lot more than the average 64-year-old artist produces to go on tour with…”