Westport, CT (PRWEB) August 1, 2009
Westport's Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts will present an icon of rock-folk-pop music, Don McLean, in a special ticketed concert sponsored by TD Bank, on Friday, August 7th, at 8pm. As did Tom Jones' appearance in June, this second Stars on Tour event will help to underwrite the over 50 nights of free entertainment at the Pavilion this summer.
Don McLean's superstar status is always attributed to his remarkable song 1972 hit, 'American Pie' which, in 2000, once again topped the charts worldwide - this time recorded by Madonna. 'American Pie' is a sprawling, impressionistic ballad inspired party by the deaths of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J. P. Richardson (The Big Bopper) in a plane crash in 1959. The song would popularize the expression 'The Day the Music Died' in reference to this event.
However, back in 1972, 'Vincent' ('Starry Starry Night'), taken from the American Pie album gave Don McLean a second number one hit single and another landmark entry in the history of popular music. Between the heady years of 1971 and 2000, Don McLean released over 20 albums and scored major chart successes with 'Everyday' (1973), 'Mountains of Mourne' (1974), 'Crying' (1980), 'Castles in the Air' (1981), 'Since I Don't Have You' (1981), 'You Can't Blame the Train' (1987) and again with 'American Pie' in the UK in 1991.
In 2003, Don's song, 'The Grave,' was recorded by George Michael in protest at the Iraq War and in 2005 Don released a career retrospective, Rearview Mirror, which included new versions of some of his best songs including 'Vincent' and 'Empty Chairs'. Don McLean's greatest honor came in 2004 when Don was inaugurated into the Songwriters' Hall of Fame. In presenting the award, Garth Brooks said, "Don McLean's work, like the man himself, is very deep and very compassionate. His pop anthem 'American Pie' is a cultural phenomenon."
In 2007, Don McLean shared his life story in Alan Howard's biography, 'The Don McLean Story: Killing Us Softly With His Songs.' A new album, 'Addicted to Black' was released in May 2009 and will be available for purchase at performances on his '09 North American tour, including the Levitt Pavilion. In addition, McLean is expecting to tour in Europe and Australia in 20010.
Concert tickets are $50 (lawn seating) and may be charged on the Pavilion's website: http://www.levittpavilion.com, or by phone: 203-226-7600. Benefactor tickets, which include a pre-concert cocktail party, seating in the preferred section, and reserved parking section at the Pavilion, are available at $125 and may be charged by calling: 203-226-7600. Some concert tickets will also be available for sale at the Pavilion when the gates open at 6:30pm.