Don McLean will present his “50th Anniversary of American Pie” tour on Feb. 12 at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall. He will revisit one of his most iconic albums live.
In 1969, McLean recorded his first album, “Tapestry,” in Berkeley, California. The student riots were going on outside the studio door as he was singing “And I Love You So” inside. The album was first released by Mediarts and attracted good reviews and achieved some commercial success.
The transition to international stardom began in 1971 with the release of “American Pie.” It was recorded on May 26, 1971, and a month later received its first radio airplay on New York’s WNEW-FM and WPLJ-FM to mark the closing of The Fillmore East, the famous New York concert Hall.
Thirty years later, “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.
McLean continues to receive honors for his musical discography. In October 2019, he was bestowed with plaques certified by the Recording Industry Association of America for gold, platinum and multi-platinum sales in the United States, with additional presentations from Australia, Austria, Belgium, France, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.
The performance will begin at 8 p.m., and tickets are $25.71 to $131.
Tickets are available for purchase at The St. Augustine Amphitheatre box office. Box office hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, and 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturdays. The box office accepts credit and debit card payments only.
Tickets may also be purchased through Ticketmaster.com, though attendees can avoid ticket fees by purchasing tickets in person.
The Ponte Vedra Concert Hall box office remains closed at this time.
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