Don McLean began playing guitar in his teens. During the 1960s, he played his folk compositions in clubs along the East coast of the United States. His first disc, Tapestry, was released in 1970. The following year, the singer-songwriter became an international star thanks to the album American Pie, its title song later being covered by a number of artists, including Madonna. While his subsequent albums received a more modest reception, McLean persevered. Later on, he returned to the recording studio to update his classics (Vincent, American Pie...) as well as to produce new compositions. Addicted to Black, his album of original material, was released in 2010. That same year, the artist embarked on a world tour.