Jake Bugg contacted by hero Don McLean five years after writing original fan letter

Bugg's email was found by Don McLean's website manager

Jake Bugg received a phone call from ‘American Pie’ writer Don McLean, five years after originally contacting the singer through a fan site.

Speaking about the incident, Bugg said that his email had been found by the website’s manager, who then put him in touch with McLean – who Bugg cites as one of his biggest inspirations.

Chatting to Zane Lowe on MTV Soundchain, Bugg talks about being influenced by the singer and his subsequent call.

Lowe begins by recapping Bugg meeting the singer as a child, stating, “You were taken to the show and you had the chance to meet him. You were already in love with his music. He was the only artist you’d asked your parents to take you to see. You met him. He made an indelible impression on you and your story began…and now what?”

Bugg then replied, “When I was young there was a place on his website where you used to be able to leave little messages on email. It would say “Don can’t reply to anything”. 6 months ago the guy who ran the website, who’s British, got in touch and said “just been cleaning out inbox and found your message from 5 years ago” and gave me his (Don’s) number.”

He continued: “He called me and woke me up. He spoke for about 40 minutes. I spoke for about one minute. He was giving me this advice like, “don’t get married”. It was pretty crazy.”

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In the interview, Bugg also talked about touring with Noel Gallagher following the number one charting of his debut album. “I remember he said to me (I was having a cup of tea), ‘So, why did you come on this tour anyway? Haven’t you just had a Number One album?'” Bugg begins. “He goes, “If I’d had a Number One album, in your position, I’d be down the pub with a big Number One badge on.”

Jake Bugg’s Relentless Ultra presents Soundchain episode airs on MTV Music this Sunday (September 14) at 9:30pm

Bugg, meanwhile, also recently spoke about the follow up to last year’s ‘Shangri-La’, stating that it could take “five months or five years” to finish. “It’s just demos. It’s an experiment – see what happens. Just trying to make it write itself. It could take five years, it could take five months,” he said.

Relentless Ultra Presents Soundchain With Zane Lowe & Jake Bugg Sunday at 9.30pm on MTV Music
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