State Theatre and WMTR present
40th Anniversary of the American Pie Tour
Friday, April 27, 2012, 8pm; $25, $35, $45, $60
Ticket Office: 732-246-SHOW (7469)
New Brunswick, NJ —State Theatre and WMTR present Don McLean on Friday, April 27, 2012 at8pm. This concert celebrates the 40th Anniversary of the American Pie Tour, and will include hits “Vincent,” “Crying,” “Castles in the Air,” “And I Love You So,” “Dreidel,” and of course, “American Pie.”Tickets range from $25-60.
Don McLean is one of America’s most enduring singer-songwriters and is forever associated with his classic hits “American Pie” and “Vincent (Starry Starry Night).” Since first hitting the charts in 1971, McLean has amassed over 40 gold and platinum records world-wide and, in 2004, was inducted into the Songwriters’ Hall of Fame. In 2001, “American Pie” was voted No. 5 in a poll of the “365 Songs of the Century” compiled by the Recording Industry Association of America and the National Endowment for the Arts.
In 1969, Don recorded his first album, Tapestry, in Berkeley, CA. The album attracted good reviews and achieved some commercial success. However, the transition to international stardom began in 1971 with the release of “American Pie.” “American Pie” was recorded on May 26, 1971 and a month later received its first radio airplay on New York’s WNEW-FM and WPLJ-FM. “American Pie” was issued as a double A-side single in November 1971 and charted within a month. Interest from the media and public sent the single to #1 in the U.S. and Don to international superstardom. The second single, “Vincent,” charted on March 18, 1972 going on to reach U.S. #12, UK #1. The American Pie album remained at #1 in the UK for seven weeks in 1972 and in the UK charts for 53 consecutive weeks.
In the wake of “American Pie,” Don became a major concert attraction and was able to call upon material not only from his two albums but from a repertoire of old concert hall numbers and the complete catalogues of singers such as Buddy Holly, and another McLean influence, Frank Sinatra.
Don’s third album, simply entitled Don McLean, included the song “The Pride Parade” that provides an insight into Don’s immediate reaction to stardom. The fourth album, Playin Favourites became a top-40 hit in the UK in 1973 and included the classic, “Mountains of Mourne” and Buddy Holly’s “Everyday,” a live rendition of which returned Don to the UK singles chart.
In 1987, the release of the country-based Love Tracks album gave rise to the hit singles “Love in My Heart” (top-10 in Australia), “Can’t Blame the Wreck on the Train” (US country #49), and “Eventually.”
In 2000, Madonna recorded a cover version of “American Pie” that on release in the UK entered the official singles chart at number 1 and made the US top-30 on air play points alone. This prompted EMI to release a new “Best of Don McLean” CD that gave Don his first top-30 album chart entry in almost 20 years.
For tickets or more information, call the State Theatre ticket office at 732-246-SHOW (7469), or visit us online atwww.StateTheatreNJ.org. The State Theatre ticket office, located at 15 Livingston Ave, New Brunswick NJ, is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, 10am to 6pm; Wednesday 11am to 7pm; Saturday 1pm to 5pm; and at least two hours prior to curtain on performance dates. For information on group outings and discounts, call 732-247-7200, ext. 517.Some additional ticket and transaction fees may apply.
State Theatre, a premier nonprofit venue for the performing arts and entertainment. The theater exists to enrich people’s lives, contribute to a vital urban environment, and build future audiences by presenting the finest performing artists and entertainers and fostering lifetime appreciation for the performing arts through education. The State Theatre’s programs are made possible, in part, by funding from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, and contributions from numerous corporations, foundations, and individuals. The Heldrich is the official hotel of the State Theatre. Magic 98. 3 is the official radio station of the State Theatre. The Star-Ledger is the official newspaper of the State Theatre. United is the official airline of the State Theatre.
Fri, April 27, 2012 at 8pm
$25, $35, $45, $60
15 Livingston Ave
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Ticket Office – 732-246-SHOW (7469)
Online – www.StateTheatreNJ.org
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