AMERICAN PIE LEGEND COMES TO CARDIFF
Don McLean, the artist responsible for the classic anthem American Pie, recognised as the fifth greatest song of the 20th century, comes to the Wales Millennium Centre on Sunday May 6 as part of a UK tour, with tickets on sale from 9am Friday October 6 from 02920 636464 | www.wmc.org.uk | ticketmaster.co.uk.
The eight and a half minute epic song is said to have been inspired by the death of Buddy Holly, a sentimental story of America that was embraced by everyone at the time as the USA reeled from Vietnam and Watergate. And there is so much more to a performance by the talented singer-songwriter who also wrote And I Love You So; Vincent/Castles In The Air, which was No 1 in the UK; Since I Don’t Have You and Everyday.
McLean’s songs have been performed by artists as diverse as Madonna, Fred Astaire, Chet Atkins, Weird Al Yankovick, Elvis Presley, Josh Groban and Coolio, and he attracted the second largest audience in British history, next to the Rolling Stones, with his 1975 concert in Hyde Park.
American Pie was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame, and named the fifth greatest song of the 20th century by the National Endowment for the Arts – Recording Industry Association of America (NEA-RIAA), after Over The Rainbow, White Christmas, This Land Is My Land, and Respect. In 2012 Don was awarded the BBC Folk Music Lifetime Achievement Award