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After guilty plea, ‘American Pie’ icon Don McLean nixed in Boise

In this Nov. 22, 2012 file photo, Don McLean rides a float in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York.
In this Nov. 22, 2012 file photo, Don McLean rides a float in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York. AP

Bye-bye, Mr. “American Pie.”

Folk-rock singer Don McLean, 70, who pled guilty to domestic violence charges last week, has been dropped as the opening act for Willie Nelson tonight at the Idaho Botanical Garden’s Outlaw Field.

The change is related to McLean’s legal issues, which stem from an altercation with his wife earlier this year. The couple has since divorced with a $10 million settlement.

“Under the light of the recent guilty plea of domestic violence, we felt it would be in all parties’ best interest to cancel Mr. McLean’s opening slot on the show tonight,” Chris Moore of promoter CMoore Live said in an email.

Local singer-guitarist Andy Byron now is the concert’s opener — as listed on the Idaho Botanical Garden’s website. As of this writing, McLean was still listed as the special guest at Ticketmaster and on Willie Nelson’s website.

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