Grammy award honoree, Songwriters Hall of Fame member, and BBC Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Don McLean is bringing his 2022 American Pie 50th Anniversary Tour to The Saban Theatre. Celebrating
Grammy award honoree, Songwriters Hall of Fame member, and BBC Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Don McLean is bringing his 2022 American Pie 50th Anniversary Tour to The Saban Theatre. Celebrating the 50th anniversary of one of the most iconic songs and albums ever, McLean’s celebration tour proves that “bye-bye, Miss American Pie” will forever remain a classic staple in American music.
As tragic as the backstory behind the song “American Pie” is with the much too early death of the new rock’n’roll-hope Buddy Holly, the track is also magnificent and legendary. And “American Pie” still goes to heart as soon as originator Don McLean plays this classic at his concerts. Still, it’s worth remembering that the 76-year-old composer has written and sung numerous other melodic and harmonic successes in his decades-long career with “Vincent (Starry Starry Night),” “Castles in the Air,” “And I Love You So,” and “Cryin’,” all of which will be heard and reveled in along with newer pieces on the special evening.
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”. Handwritten lyrics to the song were auctioned off for more than $1.2 million in 2015, and the composition was added to the Library Of Congress National Recording Registry two years later. Here, you’ll only find a few selected evergreens, such as “Somewhere Over The Rainbow”. So much for the cultural significance of Don 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 repeatedly sampled McLean tunes and hip-hop icon Tupac Shakur also cited him as an important influence.
Accordingly, the complete discography of the legendary and still active singer/songwriter is also significant. Among other things, Don 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.
July 1, 2022
Doors 6pm. Music 7pm. Headliner 8:00pm.
Opening set by KG Masden
$49 / $69 / $79 / $99 / $149 + applicable fees
Under 18 Must Be Accompanied by a Paying Adult.
With regard and respect to the safety of our patrons, large bags are not permitted. No bags larger than 10” x 6” allowed.
(Friday) 6:00 pm
The Saban Theatre - Beverly Hills
8440 Wilshire Blvd. Beverly Hills, CA 90211