Don McLean and Judy Collins

Arena Theatre

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Don McLean and Judy Collins

**Don McLean performs "American Pie" Live in 2011**
  • Best film analogy for Don McLean’s “American Pie”: it’s the Citizen Kane of American folk music
  • Worst film analogy for Don McLean’s “American Pie”: it’s the American Pie of American folk music
  • Length: an epic eight-and-a-half minutes
  • Why it’s been subject to endless analysis: the lyrics center around The Day the Music Died—a.k.a. the day Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and Big Bopper all died in a plane crash—and possibly other historical events that McLean hasn’t confirmed or denied
  • What McLean says the song means: “It means I don’t ever have to work again if I don’t want to”
  • Other hits: his cover of Roy Orbison’s “Crying”; his Van Gogh tribute, simply titled “Vincent”
  • Most common names mentioned in the same breath as Judy Collins’: Joan Baez, Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan
  • Why: she built her career on folk songs and social activism
  • How she sets herself apart from her influences: by drawing on her classical piano training, and by playing eclectic covers such as “Amazing Grace” and “Send In the Clowns”
  • Her song with the longest-lasting political ramifications: her cover of “Chelsea Morning,” which inspired the name of Bill and Hilary Clinton’s daughter

About Arena Theatre


At Arena Theatre, nobody sits farther than 60 feet from the show. Most concertgoers who’ve squinted their ways through major concerts at other venues can attest that the in-the-round seating arrangement and revolving stage are causes for celebration. And the stars have noticed. Since the 1970s, the state-of-the-art venue has attracted a long list of legendary performers including Willie Nelson, Tom Jones, and Aretha Franklin. While their golden vocal chords ring through the stellar acoustics, fans sink into comfy seats, savor a flashy light system, and discard their unnecessary opera glasses.

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Promotional value expires Jan 29, 2016. Redeem on 1/29 for a ticket at venue box office. Refundable only on day of purchase. Must purchase together to sit together. Discount reflects merchant's current ticket prices, which may change. ADA seating cannot be guaranteed. Contact box office prior to purchase for availability. Ticket value includes all fees. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

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