Statement from Don McLean

The protection order case is being dismissed by agreement. Don stands by his unwavering statement from the beginning that none of what was alleged in the protection order case was true. There was never any abuse or criminal conduct by Don at all. The dismissal of the protection order case will confirm that. Don is looking forward to moving beyond this and getting back to his life and his music.

Patrisha and Don have made an agreement to move forward and rebuild their lives. Neither party is seeking divorce. This now becomes a private matter between two very talented people.

Patrisha has also released this statement:

“When I wrote out a statement in order to obtain a temporary protective order against my husband Don McLean I did not know it would be made public. I did not intend to define Don or our relationship based solely on the events recounted in the statement. Don has a big heart. He and I had many happy times in the 30 years of our marriage and what has recently transpired is unfortunate for all of us. I would ask everyone reading this to ignore the sensationalist, scabrous headlines and focus instead on the joy that Don, and his music, has given to so many for so long.”


Don McLean in concert 2009Don McLean is one of America’s most enduring singer-songwriters and is forever associated with his classic hits “American Pie“,”Vincent (Starry Starry Night)”, “Castles in the Air”, “And I Love You So” and “Crying”. Since first hitting the charts in 1971, Don has amassed over 40 gold and platinum records world-wide and, in 2004, was inducted into the Songwriters’ Hall of Fame. His songs have been recorded by artists from every musical genre, most notably Madonna’s No. 1 recording of “American Pie” in 2000 and George Michael’s version of “The Grave” in 2003, sung in protest at the Iraq War.

In 2007, Don McLean shared his life story in Alan Howard’s biography, The Don McLean Story: Killing Us Softly With His Songs. In June 2011 Don performed for an audience of 100,000 at the Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts.

Don continues to tour North America and the rest of the world – including UK/Europe in 2012, Australia in 2013 and two UK and Europe tours in one year in 2015.


Don McLean European Tour 2015

Don McLean completed his longest ever tour of UK and Europe in May, June, September and October 2015.


On Tour Australia: March 2016

Don McLean returns to Australia in March 2016 for a national tour featuring every state capital and awesome venues:

On Tour 2015


US Concert Reviews 2013-2016

Don continues to be busy touring the US. If you’re lucky enough to attend a North American show then please leave a comment or review for other fans to read.

In Concert 1972

  1. Castles in the Air Don McLean 3:35
  2. Winterwood Don McLean 5:23
  3. Where were you Baby Don McLean 2:58
  4. Three Flights Up Don McLean 6:33
  5. Babylon Don McLean 7:54
  6. Magdalene Lane Don McLean 4:05
  7. Tapestry Don McLean 4:23
  8. Vincent Don McLean 3:56
  9. American Pie Don McLean 10:20

New songs from Don:

Latest Updates from Don McLean


On Tour Australia: March 2016

Don McLean returns to Australia in March 2016 for a national tour featuring every state capital and awesome venues:

My Island cover

My Island: Portraits of Maine Island Children by Patrisha McLean

Don McLean’s wife Patrisha has just published her second photography book.  My Island: Portraits of Maine Island Children features more than 120 black and white duotone portraits and quotes from the children illuminating what it is like to grow up surrounded by the ocean and woods, part of a closed and close community going back many […]


European Tour – September and October 2015

Don McLean is returning to Europe for a show at Belfast’s Waterfront Hall on September 30, 2015 followed by a tour of several countries. Dates for Holland, Belgium and Norway have been posted. More to follow as individual dates are released for publication by the promoters. Don is also touring UK and Ireland in May and the […]


“American Pie” manuscript sold for $1.2m

I thought it would be interesting as I reach age 70 to release this work product on the song American Pie so that anyone who might be interested will learn that this song was not a parlor game. It was an indescribable photograph of America that I tried to capture in words and music…

New Album in production (and a duet with Judy Collins)

Don McLean has completed recording his brand new album “Botanical Gardens” featuring 12 new songs and two bonus tracks. The CD is currently in post-production and will be accompanied by a DVD filmed during the live recording sessions for the album.

Tess Gerritsen on Don McLean’s ‘Vincent’

A song about Vincent Van Gogh reminds crime novelist Tess Gerritsen about a bad romance. Don McLean enjoyed reading Tess’s account in the Wall Street Journal.  

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