McLean on second leg of world tour

Oct 03, 2018
Don McLean

Camden — Acclaimed American singer, songwriter and performer Don McLean has begun the second leg of his 2018 world tour in Essen, Germany, and will continue through Switzerland, Holland, Belgium, Finland and Norway. McLean's tour in June yielded plenty of sold-out shows and praise from the European press.

McLean also recently became a celebrity ambassador for Teen Cancer America, after attending and performing at one of the charity's Backyard Concert Series events in August. The Camden resident was invited by Teen Cancer America charity founder Roger Daltrey of The Who to the star-studded event, which raised more than $3.5 million for the charity that evening. A backstage video of him rehearsing his hit “Vincent” with Grammy winner Ed Sheeran went viral.

And McLean has signed a third extension to his ongoing administration deal with Universal Music Publishing Group, worth $4.5 million. McLean, whose relationship with UMPG goes back to 1990, said, "Universal has done a great job at getting my songs in movies and TV shows, and they are a first class, worldwide organization.”

McLean is one of many hit-makers represented by UMPG including Adele, U2, Elton John, Billy Joel, Neil Diamond and Pearl Jam, among many others. Several of his iconic hits, including "American Pie" and "Vincent (Starry, Starry Night)," continue to be added to various popular Spotify playlists that, together, have nearly 9 million user streams.

McLean has more than 40 gold and platinum records worldwide. His latest album, “Botanical Gardens,” was released in March on BMG, weaving country, Americana, folk and boot-stomping rock for an eclectic, yet American sound that he is known for. “Botanical Gardens” is McLean’s 19th studio album and first in eight years.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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