Don McLean is due to perform at the Stiefel Theater on July 14. Photo courtesy of Stiefel Theatre”/>
Don McLean is due to perform at the Stiefel Theater on July 14. Photo courtesy of Stiefel Theater

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Award-winning singer-songwriter Don McLean brings his American pie 50th Anniversary World Tour in Salina this summer.

McLean is scheduled to perform at 7:30 p.m. July 14 at the Stiefel Theater, 151 S. Santa Fe Avenue.

Tickets start at $55 and go on sale at noon on Friday. Shop online at www.stiefeltheatre.org, by calling the Stiefel at 785-827-1998, or in person at the Stiefel box office. The box office is open for sales by telephone or without an appointment from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday.

Celebrating the 50th anniversary of one of this year’s most iconic songs and album, McLean will entertain fans across the continent in nearly 30 cities, from Honolulu to Toronto, and anything that enhances that “bye -bye, Miss American Pie” will forever remain a staple of American music.

“After spending the last 18 months at home, I’m thrilled to be back on the road with my band,” McLean said. “2022 marks the 50th anniversary of the date on which American pie landed at #1 on the Billboard charts and we’ll be celebrating on tour all year. We will perform all the songs of the American pie album as well as many other hits that fans expect to hear.”

As tragic as the backstory behind the song American pie it’s with the far too early death of new rock’n’roll hope Buddy Holly, the track is also magnificent and legendary. And American pie is always close to heart as soon as the author McLean plays this classic during his concerts. Still, it’s worth remembering that the 76-year-old composer wrote and sang many other melodic and harmonic hits during his decades-long career with Vincent (Starry Starry Night), castles in the air, And I love you so muchand Weepall of whom will be heard and delighted with new tunes on the next tour.

The eight and a half minute ballad American pie has been making history since its release in 1971. Alongside songs by other icons such as Bing Crosby, Judy Garland, Woody Guthrie and Aretha Franklin, McLean’s composition was also voted Song of the 20th Century. The song’s handwritten lyrics sold at auction for more than $1.2 million in 2015, and the composition was added to the National Recording Registry at the Library of Congress two years later. Here you will find only a few selected conifers, such as Somewhere over the rainbow. So much for the cultural significance of McLean and his 1971 stroke of genius!

Over the years, the song has been covered again and again by music icons like Madonna and Garth Brooks. Rapper Drake has repeatedly sampled McLean tunes, and hip-hop icon Tupac Shakur has also cited him as a major influence.

Accordingly, the legendary and still active singer-songwriter’s comprehensive discography is also significant. Among other things, McLean has a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame and was inducted into the National Academy of Popular Music Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2004.

And he never tires of writing new songs and new stories. In 2018, the sound senior released his 19th studio album, botanical gardens which received rave reviews. Songs from it have since proven themselves live and may even find their way into the setlist next year, alongside American pie and all the other feats of this unprecedented and decades-spanning career in composition and performance.