Culver City Observer -

By Steven Lieberman
Observer Reporter 

Lightfoot, Don McClean Among Headliners at Saban Theater

Al Stewart and Blue Oyster Cult Also Appear in March


Gordon Lightfoot

Four concerts that you don't want to miss are landing at the The Canyon: Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills, The Rose in Pasadena , and Santa Clarita in the month of March.

On March 9 at the Saban Theatre, the esteemed Canadian folk-music legend Gordon Lightfoot, with over 50 years in the music business, and now on his "80 Years Strong Tour" will be treating his adoring fans to his poetic songwriting and vocal excellence.

He resides with some very exclusive company atop the list of all-time greats having recorded 20 albums with five Grammy nominations.

His songs, airing regularly for 50 years, have earned him Radio Singles Chart Positions in North America achieved by few others. His radio hits in the USA have earned five #1's, five Top 10's and thirteen Top 40's, while in Canada he has gathered up sixteen #1's, eighteen Top 10's and twenty-one Top 40 hits.

His song catalog is famous and includes such immortal gems as "Early Morning Rain," "If You Could Read My Mind, "Carefree Highway," "Sundown," and his anthem "The Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald," among many others.

Then, on March 23, another legendary singer-songwriter Don McLean will be "driving his chevy to the" Saban Theatre on his 2019 concert tour.

He is best known for his magnum opus, "American Pie," an impressionistic ballad inspired partly by the deaths of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. Richardson (The Big Bopper) in a plane crash on February 3, 1959. The song popularized the expression "The Day the Music Died" in reference to this event. It reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1972 and stayed there for 20 days, and remains his most successful single release.

In February 2002, "American Pie" was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame. Two years later, McLean was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Famous country singer Garth Brooks presented the award and said, "Don McLean, his work, like the man himself, is very deep and very compassionate. His pop anthem 'American Pie' is a cultural phenomenon."

The original handwritten manuscript for the song sold at auction for $1.2 million in 2015.

"Vincent (Starry Starry Night)," another song off of his debut album in 1971, a tribute to the 19th century Dutch painter, Vincent van Gogh, is another one of his anthems.

McLean has amassed over 40 gold and platinum records worldwide and will share with his audience all of his golden hits.

On March 30 at The Rose, British sensation Al Stewart will be taking the stage.

Another talented singer/songwriter, Stewart came to stardom as part of the British folk revival in the sixties and seventies, and developed his own unique style of combining folk-rock songs with skillfully woven tales of the great characters and events from history. One might say that he is the British equivalent to Bob Dylan.

Stewart had released nineteen studio albums between "Bedsitter Images" in 1967 and "Sparks of Ancient Light" in 2008 and continues to tour extensively around the US, and Europe.

He is best known for his anthem "Year of the Cat" from the platinum album of the same name and the platinum follow-up album "Time Passages."

Finally, on March 29, Blue Oyster Cult (BOC) will be entertaining fans with their hard rock, which they've been doing worldwide for over four decades. They are revered within the hard rock and heavy metal scene for its pioneering work, creating powerful albums loaded with classic songs.

BOC is unique in that they are one of very few hard rock/heavy metal bands in rock history to earn both genuine mainstream critical acclaim, as well as commercial success. Upon the release of their self-titled debut album in 1972, the band was praised for its catchy music and lyrics.

BOC's canon includes three classic songs that will continue to waft through the cosmos - "(Don't Fear) The Reaper," "Godzilla," and "Burnin' for You."

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