Don McLean on track for Bluesfest despite arrest

Don McLean at the NYCB Theatre, Westbury, USA, in 2013. Photo Wikipedia

Don McLean at the NYCB Theatre, Westbury, USA, in 2013. Photo Wikipedia

Don McLean’s upcoming tour of Australia is not in jeopardy, despite his recent arrest on a misdemeanour domestic violence charge in the US, according to Bluesfest director Peter Noble.

McLean is due to come Down Under in March to perform at the Byron Bay festival and has several sideshows locked in across the country.

The American Pie singer was arrested on the misdemeanour domestic violence charge in Maine and posted $US10,000 ($A14,625) bail early on Monday at the Knox County Jail.

But according to Noble, McLean’s arrest wasn’t for a physical assault but merely over an argument.

‘It’s a storm in a teacup,’ Noble told AAP.

According to Noble, McLean’s agent contacted him with an update on the situation.

‘There was no assault of any kind, they had an argument and someone in the house has called the police,’ Noble said.

‘No assault, nothing physical. Married people and couples and all sorts of people argue loudly all the time, but just like in Australia, under an AVO, the police are required to do a misdemeanour, which means a very minor charge.

‘Nobody’s career should be damaged as a result of having an argument with his wife,’ he added.

‘There’s the truth, I’ve been given the right to say that.’

McLean is set to perform 10 sideshows across Australia, kicking off in Tasmania on March 14, alongside his performance at the Byron Bay Bluesfest over the Easter weekend.

* National domestic violence helpline: 1800 737 732 or 1800RESPECT. In an emergency, call triple-zero.


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