CAMDEN, Maine — Singer and songwriter Don McLean, who is facing multiple charges in connection with an alleged domestic violence assault, has postponed his concert tour of Australia and faces a student protest of his planned April concert at a Massachusetts school.
“Don McLean graciously accepts the willingness of the promoter to postpone the current Australian tour to exactly the same time in 2017 in order to allow Don McLean and his family time to work on reuniting,” according to a Friday post on the singer’s Twitter account. “This is an unprecedented time in the family history. Don McLean thanks all his fans for their patience and love and he looks forward to seeing them next year.”
Meanwhile, on Cape Cod, Massachusetts, a student group has penned a letter to the interim superintendent of their school district asking for McLean’s concert — planned for April at Barnstable High School — to be canceled because of the pending domestic violence charges.
Lysetta Hurge-Putnam, executive director of the Independence House in Hyannis, Massachusetts, said the students are part of the Mentors in Violence Prevention program. The Independence House provides prevention services to domestic and sexual assault victims in Cape Cod.
“They decided this on their own. It was student driven,” Hurge-Putnam said when reached by phone Friday.
The goal of the group is to bring about change to end domestic and sexual violence, she said.
“Among the ways is when you know there is a history of domestic violence, you don’t pretend that it has not happened,” she said.
According to CapeCod.com, school district administrators are “in discussions with McLean’s management company to determine if the show should still take place.”
The district attorney’s office in Knox County filed formal charges last week against the 70-year-old McLean, who initially was arrested by Camden police on Jan. 18 at his Hope Road home after a woman called 911 to report she had been threatened and terrorized over several hours and feared for her life.
The woman is not being named by the Bangor Daily News because she is the alleged victim of domestic violence.
McLean was charged last week with domestic violence assault, domestic violence terrorizing, domestic violence criminal threatening, criminal restraint, criminal mischief and obstructing the report of a crime.
The singer has pleaded not guilty to the charges and has denied committing the offenses.
McLean, who is best known for his iconic song “American Pie,” had 11 concert dates scheduled in Australia throughout March. His next scheduled concert date, according to his website is March 5 in La Mirada, California.