In Concert: US & Canada – 2013/14

Don is completing a busy Fall 2013 – Summer 2014 series of concerts in the US and Canada. Upcoming:

4/26/2014 Stagecoach @ Empire Polo Field Indio, CA USA
5/10/2014 Tarrytown Music Hall Tarrytown, NY USA
6/11/2014 Cleveland Masonic Temple – PAC Cleveland, Ohio USA
6/13/2014 Knuckleheads Kansas City, MO USA
6/20/2014 Door Community Auditorium Fish Creek, WI USA
6/21/2014 Lake Superior Big Top Chautauqua Bayfield, WI USA
7/12/2014 Cumberland County Civic Center Portland, ME USA
7/26/2014 The Mountain Winery Saratoga, CA USA
7/30/2014 Arvada Center (outdoor) Arvada, CO USA
7/31/2014 Robert Z Hawkins Ampitheater Reno, NV USA
8/2/2014 Dennison Theatre Missoula, MT USA
8/3/2014 Eqyptian Theatre Boise, ID USA
8/15/2014 Farmington Civic Center Farmington, NM USA
8/16/2014 Spencer Theater for the Performing Arts Alto, NM USA
8/23/2014 The River Center Theatre or Performing Arts Baton Rouge, LA USA

If you’re lucky enough to attend a show then please leave a comment or review for other fans to read.

Comments

  1. What cities are on the Canadian tour? I have listen to Don all my life. Love to hear him live.

  2. What a great evening! I’ve wanted to see Don McLean in concert for many years and the Capitol Theater in Clearwater was a perfect venue! The entire band was fantastic and played such a variety of songs that I was pleasantly surprised to hear it range from Frank Sinatra to Nazareth! My dad (age 75) enjoyed the show just as much as my brother and I – several of the songs brought tears to my father’s eyes and I will always remember sharing this experience. I would have never thought in the 70′s that one day we would have the opportunity to hear such a gifted songwriter and classy musician playing the songs we loved back when… Don McLean and some of the other band members were kind and gracious enough to greet folks after the show – another pleasant surprise!
    One of the highlights of the evening was watching several generations of people all sing the words to American Pie! Another was the perfect solo rendition of Vincent – my favorite song of all time! I highly encourage everyone to see this show when it comes any where near your town. I left with the impression that Don McLean’s loves his audience as much as we all love his music!

  3. maria-ann says:

    He is truly amazing – I am in Australia and saw him last year for the first time – my idol since I was 6 and my dream to meet him came true 42and a half years later. We did photos, he signed my book and so did the band and we jammed American pie in the walkway at Twin Towns Tweed Heads in New South Wales Australia. Nothing can ever surpass it.

  4. maria-ann says:

    Yes I loved his concerts -saw him in Australia last year

  5. Peter Richardson says:

    When are you coming to Detroit. I’m not getting any younger here

  6. ann frechette says:

    I have wanted to see Don McLean in concert since missing a show in the park in Albany NY in 1972 and finally did so in Clearwater Fl last week. It was the concert of my life time. Don McLean is my all time favorite singer songwriter – over my seconds…Neil Young, Jackson Browne, John Denver, Phil Collins, Dan Fogelberg, Dave Matthews and countless female singer/songwriters. It was the thrill of my life time to see him in concert – and better yet as I took my 23 year old daughter and had front row center seat!!!.
    Like an earlier comment from another fan on this post, I thought I would be treated to more classics. However, I LOVED the selections Don chose to perform and thought it was a PERFECT concert. I am in the hospitality business and felt the same way I do when I dine at a top restaurant – I always opt for the specials or the Chef’s tasting menu as I trust the artist in the kitchen to show me something new. While my love for Don McLean’s music is rooted in my particular favorites (and those are not so much the top 40 songs – though those are certainly engrained in my favorites roster) I thoroughly enjoyed his desired playlist at the concert. I felt I was treated to what he wanted to sing.- and his performance was amazing and his dialogue so generous to his audience and a two hour + performance without an intermission, unlike most most performers. The band was incredible and an amazing assembly of talent, one I imagine drawn by and to Don McLean’s artistry.
    I can go back to my cd’s and listen to my favorites at any time (and oh how I love Dreidel, Empty Chairs, and especially Magdeline Lane) but it is a rare treat when I get to hear what the artist wants to perform – and the artist, Don McLean, in Clearwater at the Capitol Theater on March 7th gave me, a life long fan, and my daughter, a youngerr generation fan, a very special concert serving up what he wanted this audience to hear. We as fans can always go back to our albums and CD’s to hear our favorites and standards. I have a strong sense that Don McLean knows that. I am forever appreciative that he does and that I was front row center with my daughter at the Capitol Theater on March 7th in clearwater Fl.

    • What a lovely review. You put into words exactly how I feel. Let Don sing what he wants and let us all hold on and enjoy the moment. It is so much fun when he comes out with some surprises in concert, can’t be too many for me. When he tells the audience how much he loves to sing, it is so heartfelt, how refreshing after all these years. Please don’t retire for many years to come.

  7. Mariana P. says:

    I attended the March 22, 2014 concert in Collingswood NJ. Judy Collins opened for Don…and even still, she has the voice of an angel!! So pure and perfect pitch!!
    Don was amazing…he always is!!! This is not the first concert of his I’ve attended…he has the most amazing, soothing voice and can sing everything from folk, rock and roll, country…you name it!! Of course, we all enjoy his “classics” ….and he did not let us down…American Pie, Crossroads, Vincent, And I Love You So, were among some of the many wonderful “standards” that we love hearing over and over again!!…and you haven’t lived until you’ve “rocked” along with him singing American Pie at the top of your lungs!! Loved it!!!
    I must admit the only down side was at the meet and greet after. I was in line behind 2 people who I believe were “autograph hounds and then sell it on ebay” types which I’m assuming Don realized and was not happy with. I was thrilled at meeting this icon…this wonderful, creative person whose music and voice has sustained me for over four decades through some of the most trying points of my life. In fact, when I lost my home and most of the contents to a fire 4 years ago, one of my goals was to replace my Don McLean “library” which I have been working on since then. I bought some cds that night, but brought my American Pie cd jacket in the hopes that I could get it signed. He very graciously did so. I asked about getting a picture with him and he was not happy to pose and for that, I am sorry. I realize he just did an amazing show, and that it was late, and that the people in front of me may have angered him, and maybe he just didn’t feel well that evening, but “the show must go on.” It was sad leaving feeling like I was ‘tossed off like the morning covers.” :-(
    Am I still a Don McLean fan? Absolutely!! He has been a part of my life for over 40 years…his voice has enveloped me as a student driving my first car (a Chevy) back and forth to college in 1972 and singing American Pie out loud as I drove, as a young gal working in radio in Philly, as a wife, a mom, and now in my latter years…and I can’t imagine not listening to his soothing voice as my hair turns gray …I look forward to the next concert …so ” ‘Til Tomorrow” I will listen to his music and celebrate his genius!

  8. Nancy dillon-Havemann says:

    Always enjoyed Don’s music and have most of his vinyl, cassettes and CD’s. However, the concert in Collingswood NJ was extremely disappointing. The only time he sounded like himself was when he sang without the drums and electric guitars. The drummer thought he was the only person on stage – he overpowered everything. Many people left before Don sang American Pie. Once that was over, people left in droves. The song about the old man waving went on and on. Thought t hat would never end. I hope don is feeling well as he did not seem engaged with the audience as usual.

  9. Like Nancy Dillon-Havemann, I was disappointed with Don McLean’s concert at the Scottish Rite in Collingswood NJ. It’s not that I had expectations that were not met; I had not been to a Don McLean concert before, and I am not a devoted fan. Rather, it’s that the sound technician did such a poor job of modulating the volume of the various musicians that their individual excellence was drowned out by the others. Piano and lead guitar solos were lost in the melange, as was McLean’s voice, at times. Two other things annoyed me. One was the almost tinny sound of McLean’s electrified guitar. Some songs cried out for the natural sound of an amplified, but not electrified, acoustic guitar. The other annoyance was McLean’s failure to end the concert with American Pie. This song is the natural climax of the Don McLean’s performance – it’s what the audience was waiting for. As a seasoned performer, McLean should know better than to continue after the audience has been satisfied. (Joan Collins, who opened the evening’s entertainment, was perfectly polished, in every respect. Though she’s in her mid-70s, her voice has not aged.)

    • Diane M. says:

      I’ve been thinking about this post and one prior voicing disappointment about Don’s NJ concert. My only suggestion would be that you move along to someone else and allow the rest of us, who are devoted fans and would go to as many concerts as we could afford, to enjoy one of the most gifted artists of all time, as well as this website. You are entitled to your opinion of course, but being annoyed about the order in which Don entertains his audience is a bit much. We love you Don, don’t change a thing!

  10. Dave Thelen says:

    I see that Don’t tour is taking him to the States all around us (California, New Mexico, Nevada) but I sure wish he’d make a stop here in Phoenix, Arizona. We’d love to see him, especially if he played the Musical Instrument Museum which I think would be great venue Don.

  11. Mariana P says:

    David… I agree with you that the sound levels needed more attention. I can’t imagine the performer’s frustration knowing levels need adjustment and not being able to do much short of stopping and insisting the problem be rectified.
    I am a devoted fan…and to me, whether he opened with American Pie, closed with it, or sandwiched it in the middle…it’s fine with me!! I love his music. I love his voice…so wherever he decided to sing that classic was fine….
    And, I don’t know who you were listening to opening the concert…I was listening to Judy Collins…and yes, she was great!

  12. heather says:

    Come to Toronto …

  13. Gary ONeal says:

    Please come back to Nashville…soon. I missed seeing you the last time you were here and hate it soo very much.

    Besides, you owe me! I had tickets to see you at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta back in 1981 (or 82) and the show was cancelled! I never did know why.

    So, please…please come back to Nashville.

  14. Suzan, RN, LMT says:

    Don!! Are you still playing Cumberland Civic Center on July 12th or this year (2014)? I was looking for tickets, but am having NO luck.. Help!!!!!!!!!! It appears to be your only show in NE… and I want to come see you on my birthday!!!!!!!

    • this is still a confirmed date on Don’s itinerary. We don’t have ticket information – I’d advise keeping in contact with the venue about this

  15. Wang Sun Chan says:

    My hope is for Don to do a concert in Malaysia. Like everywhere around the world, Don’s followers here yearns to see him perform in a concert that would be in our bucket list. Please swing over soon.

  16. Finished it last night and hoped to be able to delete or re-write the original comment. I was excited to receive, anxious to read and after reading it I think Mr. McLean would rather sell the book on its own merit…

    What an excellent book! If you really want to know more about Don McLean’s history and the truth behind his lyrics, read American Troubadour – it’s like listening to a story straight from the horses mouth. The book gives an honest, insightful retrospective that pre-dates his childhood and walks through decades of his musical and personal journey. The threads of the tapestry he continues to weave will always be a part of American music. My compliments to both Don McLean and Michael Cochran. This biography seemed more like an autobiography, and I finished the book with an appreciation for someone who has made and lived with his own choices.

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