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A Virtual Evening with Don McLean: Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the iconic song American Pie

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Recorded May 26, 1971, Don McLean’s “American Pie” has become one of the most iconic rock songs of all time and celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. Every line of the song has been analyzed time and time again to try to unearth the real meaning. McLean refused to sanction any of the many interpretations, adding to its mystery. McLean will virtually join United Cardmembers in celebration of the anniversary with a moderated conversation and performance of the song, among others.

Alan Light, music journalist and author, will moderate the evening. The two will discuss McLean’s musical career, and the stories behind some of his favorite songs. Cardmembers will have the opportunity to ask questions during a hosted live Q&A (questions may be limited based on timing.) 

Cardmembers will receive a gift box containing a signed “American Pie” sheet music, a signed “American Pie” 50th anniversary photo, a copy of Do You Believe in Rock and Roll? Essays on Don McLean's "American Pie," and a sampler box of pie.

Don McLean is a Grammy honoree, Songwriter Hall of Fame member, BBC Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, and his hit “American Pie” resides in the Library of Congress National Recording Registry. A New York native, McLean is one of the most revered songwriters in history. After paying dues in the club scene in the late ‘60s, he scored mega-hits like “Vincent (Starry, Starry Night),” “Castles in the Air” and more. His catalog has been recorded by Madonna, Garth Brooks, Josh Groban, Drake, “Weird Al” Yankovic, and others. One of McLean’s four handwritten manuscript “American Pie” lyrics was auctioned by Christies for just over $1.2 Million. In 2019, Don received a star on the Las Vegas Walkway of Stars and his song “And I Love You So” was the theme for Prince Harry and Megan Markle’s wedding. 2020 brought Don a new recording contract with Time Life, releasing a catalog of recordings as well as a new album. In 2021, “American Pie” will be featured in the Avengers: Black Widow and the Tom Hanks movie BIOS, Don will receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, a children’s book will be released, and production on both a stage play and documentary are underway!

Alan Light has been one of America’s leading music journalists and authors for more than twenty-five years. Currently, he is a frequent contributor to the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal and is the co-host of the daily music talk show “Debatable” and the monthly one-on-one interview series “In the Light” on SiriusXM.

Please note: This event is available nationwide with the gift box shipped to Cardmember’s provided delivery address. You will receive a detailed confirmation letter and additional event information via email. This virtual event will take place on Zoom. Logging on with a smartphone is not recommended for this event. Specific log-in instructions for Zoom will be sent via email four (4) days prior to your event.

Experience Includes

  • Conversation with Don McLean moderated by Alan Light, including a performance of “American Pie,” among others
  • Hosted live Q&A with Cardmembers (questions may be limited based on timing)
  • A custom gift box including:
    • 1 signed “American Pie” sheet music
    • 1 signed “American Pie” 50th anniversary photo
    • 1 copy of Do You Believe in Rock and Roll? Essays on Don McLean's "American Pie"
    • 1 sampler box of pie

Tentative Event Schedule

All times listed in Eastern & Pacific time zones

Please note: All times are Eastern and Pacific. Schedule subject to change. The event begins promptly at 7:00 PM ET / 4:00 PM PT.

Event Location

Virtual experience Via Zoom

Virtual experience, Zoom