Don McLean has postponed his tour of Australia in light of a string of domestic abuse charges leveled at the veteran artist.
The “American Pie” singer’s 10-date tour Down Under was slated to kick off March 14 at Wrest Point Entertainment Centre, Hobart and included a high-profile slot on the March 25 bill for Bluesfest in Byron Bay.
All the shows will happen on the same dates in 2017 as McLean and his family “work at reuniting,” according to a rep for the artist.
“Don McLean graciously accepts the willingness of the promoter to postpone the current tour to exactly the same time in 2017 in order to allow Don McLean and his family time to work at reuniting,” reads a statement issued on McLean’s behalf. “This is an unprecedented moment in the family history. Don McLean thanks all his fans for their patience and love and he looks forward to seeing them next year.”
McLean’s wife filed a handwritten request for protection after McLean was arrested by police in January. Earlier this week he entered a “not guilty” plea to six charges relating to his domestic violence case in Maine.
Neither party is seeking divorce, McLean said in a statement published in late January. His wife Patrisha issued her own statement on his website in which she wrote, “Don has a big heart. He and I had many happy times in the 30 years of our marriage and what has recently transpired is unfortunate for all of us.”