Please note that a second night has since been added – click here for full details. Vicar Street better be ready… legendary singer / songwriter Don McLean has officially confirmed a brand new headline Irish tour date for 2015, returning to Dublin in May! In association with Aiken Promotions, Music Scene is delighted to reveal that Don McLean will be performing live on stage at Vicar Street in Dublin on Sunday the 31st of May 2015. Tickets for Don McLean live at Vicar Street in Dublin are priced from €42 and will be on sale from 9am on Friday September 19th 2014 through Ticketmaster and usual outlets nationwide. Click here to buy tickets for Don McLean live at Vicar Street in Dublin this coming May 2015.
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Don McLean began his musical adventure in folk music, performing free on behalf of Pete Seeger’s efforts to clean up the Hudson River. His first album included ‘And I Love You So‘ which was a massive hit for Perry Como. His second album ‘American Pie‘ included the irresistibly catchy title track and was no.1 for seven weeks, even managing to pull his first LP back into the charts. ‘Vincent / Castles In The Air‘ from the same LP was a massive hit and ‘Vincent‘ (no.1 in the UK) was being played daily in the entrance to the Van Gogh museum in Amsterdam.
Since then he has continued to have a stellar career. Madonna covered ‘American Pie‘ for a huge international hit in 1999 and Weird Al Yankovic rewrote it as ‘The Saga Begins‘ to send up Star Wars. Some people were surprised that Don McLean actually allowed Yankovic’s record, as though he didn’t have a sense of humour apparently; in fact a cultural artefact can only be used for this kind of affectionate satire if it is deeply loved in the first place.
Finally, ‘American Pie‘ was named the fifth greatest song of the 20th Century by the NEA-RIAA (after, ‘Over The Rainbow‘, ‘White Christmas‘, ‘This Land Is My Land‘ and ‘Respect‘) and in 2002, ‘American Pie‘ was finally inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.
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