PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — ‘‘American Pie’’ singer Don McLean is performing in Maine’s largest city to celebrate the Fourth of July.
The singer-songwriter is performing his 1971 hit with the Portland Symphony Orchestra during Portland’s annual Stars and Stripes celebration Thursday night on the Eastern Promenade. Moe than 50,000 people are expected at the event, where the symphony will perform before and during the city’s fireworks show.
McLean gained fame with his No. 1 hit ‘‘American Pie,’’ which recounts the deaths of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper in a plane crash on Feb. 3, 1959 — the ‘‘day the music died.’’ He now lives in the Maine coastal town of Camden.
He'll also sing his 1972 hit song ‘‘Vincent,’’ about artist Vincent Van Gogh.