Don McLean announces ‘American Pie’ 50th anniversary tour of Australia & New Zealand

Celebrating a half-century of his signature song in 2023

Don McLean has announced an Australasian tour for April and May of 2023, subtitled ‘Honoring The Day The Music Died’.

The tour, announced this morning (November 7), belatedly commemorates the 50th anniversary of McLean’s signature song, ‘American Pie’. McLean will tour Australia with his full band, and will be joined on several dates by former INXS guitarist Andrew Farriss as his support act. Tickets for the shows will go on sale from this Friday, November 11. All ticketing information for the tour is available from McLean’s website.

McLean originally released ‘American Pie’ in October of 1971, as the title track to his second studio album. The song topped the charts in several countries upon release, including Australia and New Zealand, and totaled nine Platinum certifications worldwide. It is considered one of the most culturally significant songs of the ’70s, having been preserved by the National Recording Registry in 2017.


It held the record of being the longest song to top the Billboard Hot 100, at eight minutes and 42 seconds, for nearly a half-century. McLean held this record until last year, when Taylor Swift‘s 10-minute version of ‘All Too Well’ became the new title holder. Swift reportedly sent McLean flowers following the record being broken, a move McLean described as “classy”.

A documentary on McLean, American Troubadour, aired on RFD-TV in May. His most recent studio album, ‘Still Playin’ Favorites’, was released in 2020.

Don McLean’s ‘Honoring The Day The Music Died’ tour dates are:

APRIL – Australia
Saturday 1 – Brisbane, Fortitude Music Hall
Sunday 2 – Caloundra, Kings Theatre
Monday 3 – Toowoomba, Empire Theatre
Wednesday 5, Friday 7, Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 – Gold Coast, Twin Towns
Wednesday 12 – Coffs Harbour, C.EX*
Friday 14 – Tamworth, Town Hall
Saturday 15 – Newcastle, The Station*
Sunday 16 – Canberra, Llewellyn Theatre*
Thursday 20 – Hurstville, Entertainment Centre*
Friday 21 – Chatswood, The Concourse*
Saturday 22 – Rooty Hill, Sydney Coliseum
Monday 24 – Hobart, Wrest Point
Wednesday 26 – Launceston, Princess Theatre
Friday 28 – Wollongong, WIN Entertainment Centre
Saturday 29 – Melbourne, Palais Theatre
Sunday 30 – Geelong, Costa Hall*

* – Andrew Farris not appearing

MAY – New Zealand
Tuesday 2 – Nelson, Trafalgar Centre
Thursday 4 – Invercargill, Civic Theatre
Friday 5 – Christchurch, Town Hall
Sunday 7 – Palmerston North, Regent Theatre
Tuesday 9 – Auckland, Town Hall