American Pie singer Don McLean cancels his Australian tour immediately. This came after additional charges for allegedly assaulting his wife last year.
McLean denied the domestic violence charges. He was supposed to play at Byron Bay Bluesfest along with other gigs throughout March. He has shifted his March tour until 2017.
“Don McLean graciously accepts the willingness of the promoter to postpone the current tour to exactly the same time in 2017,” said his American representatives. This is to allow him and his family “time to work at reuniting.”
“Don McLean thanks all his fans for their patience and love and he looks forward to seeing them next year,” said his reps.
Rip It Up reports that this is an unprecedented moment in the singer’s family history.
His wife Patrisha reported a history of abuse over three decades, says News Corps. The singer was arrested on a transgression of domestic violence attack on Jan. 18, during an incident in Maine last year.
Knox County assistant district attorney Christopher Fernald charged him with misdemeanour charges of terrorising, criminal intimidation, criminal restraint, criminal mischief and thwarting the reporting of a crime.
According to Don McLean Online, neither he or his wife are looking for a divorce.
McLean was absent in court last Monday to answer his charges. But his legal defense team had entered not guilty plea.
In a statement after the hearing, McLean said the case is a tragedy for his family and wife. His wife wrote to his fans and asked them not to judge him.
“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,” she wrote.
McLean had reserved 10 gigs in Australia including his Bluesfest appearance.