Riley Center to host folk legend Don McLean

June 11, 2013

The song has carried its creator all over the world, from New York to England, and all the way to the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. We hear its tune and immediately, some part of the chorus comes to mind. “The day the music died” resonates with so many music lovers that folk singer/songwriter Don McLean’s entire body of work is sometimes overshadowed by his hit, “American Pie.” Hear much more of the music McLean has to offer when he performs at the Riley Center on Saturday, June 22, at 7:30 p.m. A pre-show party will take place at 6 p.m.

With student riots going on outside the studio door there in Berkeley, Calif., McLean recorded his first album, “Tapestry,” in 1969. He’d been singing and touring for several years at that point. But his career trajectory changed drastically just two years later, with the 1971 release of his album “American Pie.” In 2003, the single of the same name was placed in the Grammy Hall of Fame, and McLean followed suit the next year, with his 2004 induction into the Songwriters’ Hall of Fame. Since “American Pie,” he has recorded more than 20 studio albums, with the most recent one released in 2009.

Tickets are $45 and $39 at the MSU Riley Center box office, which is open from 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling the box office at 601-696-2200.