Tickets are on sale for Don’s Wexford gig
AMERICAN singer-songwriter Don McLean has announced that he will play a concert in the National Opera House in Wexford on May 29 next year.
Born in New York, McLean, pictured left, now 72, is renowned for hits including ‘Vincent’, a tribute to the painter Vincent Van Gogh, and ‘American Pie’ which was partly inspired by the deaths of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and JP Richardson in a plane crash in 1959 and was named the fifth greatest song of the 20th century. It was the longest song (8.36 minutes) to reach Number 1 in the American Billboard charts.
McClean also wrote ‘And I Love You So’ which was covered by Elvis Presley, Shirley Bassey and Glen Campbell among others.
His influence on other musicians continues. The UK singer-songwriter Jake Bugg said ‘Vincent’ was the first song he ever liked, after hearing it on an episode of The Simpsons.
‘American Pie’ was designated an ‘aural treasure’ by the US Library of Congress and worth of preservation in the National Recording Registry.
Tickets for the Wexford concert and a second gig in the Marquee, Cork on June 14, were due to go on sale yesterday (Monday, December 4).