At 72, Don McLean still has a great voice and a sharp wit. Also, he just released a new album titled Botanical Gardens from which he played a few songs.
Early on in the set, he plays “And I Love You So”. He told us that Elvis sang this song at every concert he did in the last years of his life. Perry Como also covered this song with great success.
McLean treats the audience with a fantastic rendition of Roy Orbison’s “Crying”. This song reached number one in the UK!
Most songs received an introduction, but he just jumped right into “American Pie”. The audience immediately perked up and joined in a giant sing-a-long. It’s a tradition at University of Illinois bars to close with this song.
When he returned for the encore, he jokes, “Now, I’ll play what you came here for.” He goes on to play his second biggest hit, “Vincent”, about Van Gogh.
Cost of a ticket: $75
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