Wednesday, 27 May 2015

Don McLean at Glagsow Royal Concert Hall

It makes a change to go to a concert and be one the younger members of the audience.  But this is understandable considering Don McLean released his debut album Tapestry some forty-five years ago.

I grew up with his records in the house - no surprise since American Pie and Vincent both charted in the year I was born, 1972, and it was nice to finally catch a live show and have a little sing-a-long with 2000 or so other fans at Glasgow's Royal Concert Halls.

He politely thanked the audience for their enduring support - choosing to spend their money on him when he knows it's thin on the ground for many, and promised to put on a great show for old and new fans alike.  We were encouraged to sing, clap, dance and if we were drinking, to "drink more!"

Highlight was obviously American Pie, a song which time has never diminished and his band, including piano made a fine job of it.  His voice is still strong and resonant and at 69 years of age he can still deliver Vincent, And I Love You So and Crying with aplomb.

A new album is imminent and new song Waving Man suggests it will be worth a listen.

Been wanting to tick Don off the list for a while and it was a pleasant night out in the company of one of the great singer-song writers of the 20th century.

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