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I know there's a few people here that enjoy his shows, looks like the tour he's announcing dates for tomorrow is going to be super different

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BE YE ADVISED: I will be announcing ALL THE DATES for my 2018 North American tour tomorrow morning, October 13 at 9:00 AM Pacific on weirdal.com.

In case you haven’t heard the rumors… THIS WILL NOT BE OUR NORMAL KIND OF TOUR. I decided we should try something different, just for a change of pace. So next year we’re scaling way, way back. No costumes, no props, no video screens, no computer servers. We’re just going to walk out on stage, sit down on stools, and play a bunch of old songs. Oh, and we’re going to be performing almost exclusively originals (i.e. not parodies). The deep cuts and obscure tracks. The songs that were never hits. The ones you barely remember.

Okay, obviously this tour is not for everybody. By design, it has extremely limited appeal. Instead of doing festivals, fairs and arenas, we’ll be doing small, intimate theatres. Instead of putting on a big flashy production, we’ll be trying to go for something very informal and low-key… kind of an Unplugged/Storytellers vibe. Like we’re just hanging out, playing in your living room. So if you’ve really got your heart set on seeing fat suits and Segways and hearing all your favorite parodies… this probably isn’t the tour for you. Chances are we’ll be doing that kind of show again sometime in the future, just not THIS time.

It might sound like I’m trying to talk people into NOT buying tickets… Actually, I just want people to be very aware of the nature of this tour so that they can make an informed decision now and not be disappointed later. Having said that, I know that there’s a small but enthusiastic subset of fans that literally have been waiting decades for this kind of a show, so… this tour is for them. And me. And the band. After putting on “multimedia extravaganzas” for 35 years, we just wanted to take it down a few notches and have a little musical palate cleanser.

Because all my concerts in the past were so highly produced, they needed to be rigidly planned down to the SECOND, and therefore the shows were virtually identical from one city to the next. But since this tour is unencumbered by theatrics, we have a lot more flexibility. So… EVERY SINGLE SHOW WILL BE DIFFERENT. We’re going deep into the catalogue and mixing up the set list every night. This show will be loose, unpredictable, and maybe a little sloppy – we’ll be making it up as we go along.

Oh, one other cool thing… For the first time ever, I’m bringing an opening act with me on the road. I’m very pleased to announce that on every show of the 2018 Tour, I will be sharing the stage with my good friend, the legendary Mr. EMO PHILIPS.

We’re calling it THE RIDICULOUSLY SELF-INDULGENT, ILL-ADVISED VANITY TOUR.

If this isn’t your metaphorical cup of tea – hey, I get it, no worries, we’ll see you next time. But for everybody else – please check out the full list of tour dates tomorrow morning on weirdal.com!

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Wow, Emo Phillips. Didn’t know he was still working.

Never seen weird al, but that sounds fun. Not gonna go, but I’m sure I’d enjoy it if I did.


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Cool. I like the originals.

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That’s be fun


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Simonie wrote:
Cool. I like the originals.


same here
i might actually try to catch one of these shows


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Went up to bed last night, and when I was checking on the kids, my daughter (8) was sound asleep with her ipod on some Weird Al channel right underneath her pillow.

Looks like I'll be seeing Weird Al this tour. No complaints.


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I’m one of the “small but enthusiastic subset of fans that literally have been waiting decades for this kind of a show”. I can not wait for this.

Weird Al goes Phish. It’s going to be great.

And it’ll sell out. There are a lot of fans like me who are going to these shows, once they hear about them.

Depending on the dates and locations, I may buy tickets for more than one show.

When does WATBM start?

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I’m one of the “small but enthusiastic subset of fans that literally have been waiting decades for this kind of a show”. I can not wait for this.

Weird Al goes Phish. It’s going to be great.

And it’ll sell out. There are a lot of fans like me who are going to these shows, once they hear about them.

Depending on the dates and locations, I may buy tickets for more than one show.

When does WATBM start?


I'm hoping to catch a couple as well. I saw Mandatory Fun last year and had a great time, and appreciate the skill that goes into pulling something like that off with all thecostume changes. But it felt very mechanical in a sense too, because it was the exact same show in every city

I'd love to hear some of my favorite originals live. Dare to be Stupid, Good Old Days, Velvet Elvis, Stuck in a Closet with Vanna White, Frank's 2000" TV....


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Good Old Days, Velvet Elvis, Stuck in a Closet with Vanna White


I played the shit out of that album when I was a kid. Loved these songs. Just looked them up on Wiki. Did not realize these were "style parodies."


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yankeebird wrote:
schof26 wrote:
I’m one of the “small but enthusiastic subset of fans that literally have been waiting decades for this kind of a show”. I can not wait for this.

Weird Al goes Phish. It’s going to be great.

And it’ll sell out. There are a lot of fans like me who are going to these shows, once they hear about them.

Depending on the dates and locations, I may buy tickets for more than one show.

When does WATBM start?


I'm hoping to catch a couple as well. I saw Mandatory Fun last year and had a great time, and appreciate the skill that goes into pulling something like that off with all thecostume changes. But it felt very mechanical in a sense too, because it was the exact same show in every city

I'd love to hear some of my favorite originals live. Dare to be Stupid, Good Old Days, Velvet Elvis, Stuck in a Closet with Vanna White, Frank's 2000" TV....


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TOUR

Please note: this is a scaled-down tour in smaller, more intimate theaters, with limited production (no costumes, props, or video screens) and Al's set list will be comprised almost entirely of his original (non-parody) songs.

TICKETS FOR ALL SHOWS ON SALE FRIDAY, OCTOBER 20, 12:00 NOON LOCAL VENUE TIME

FEB 27 BARDAVON 1869 OPERA HOUSE Poughkeepsie, NY
MAR 1 TARRYTOWN MUSIC HALL Tarrytown, NY
MAR 2 FOXWOODS RESORT CASINO - FOX THEATER Ledyard, CT
MAR 4 WILBUR THEATRE Boston, MA
MAR 7 PLACE DES ARTS - THEATRE MAISONNEUVE Montreal, QC
MAR 9 DANFORTH Toronto, ON
MAR 10 20 MONROE LIVE Grand Rapids , MI
MAR 11 MICHIGAN THEATER Detroit, MI
MAR 13 UNIVERSITY AT BUFFALO CENTER FOR THE ARTS Buffalo, NY
MAR 14 STATE THEATRE Ithaca , NY
MAR 16 CAESARS ATLANTIC CITY - CIRCUS MAXIMUS Philadelphia, PA
MAR 17 THE PARAMOUNT Long Island, NY
MAR 18 AMERICAN MUSIC THEATRE Harrisburg, PA
MAR 20 MUSIC CENTER AT STRATHMORE Washington, DC
MAR 23 APOLLO THEATER New York, NY
MAR 24 PALACE THEATRE Pittsburgh, PA
MAR 25 PLAYHOUSE SQUARE - OHIO THEATRE Cleveland, OH
MAR 26 LEXINGTON OPERA HOUSE Lexington, KY
MAR 28 THE KENTUCKY CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS – BROWN THEATRE Louisville , KY
MAR 29 THE CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS - THE PALLADIUM Indianapolis, IN
MAR 30 VIRGINIA THEATRE Champaign, IL
MAR 31 HOYT SHERMAN PLACE Des Moines, IA
APR 2 MAYO CIVIC CENTER PRESENTATION HALL Rochester, MN
APR 3 PANTAGES THEATRE Minneapolis, MN
APR 4 PANTAGES THEATRE Minneapolis, MN
APR 6 VIC THEATRE Chicago, IL
APR 7 VIC THEATRE Chicago, IL
APR 10 PABST THEATER Milwaukee, WI
APR 12 HONEYWELL CENTER Fort Wayne, IN
APR 13 WALKER THEATER Chattanooga, TN
APR 14 MILLER THEATER Augusta , GA
APR 15 TABERNACLE Atlanta , GA
APR 19 GILLIOZ THEATRE Springfield, MO
APR 20 S.E. BELCHER JR. CHAPEL AND PERFORMANCE CENTER Longview, TX
APR 22 WAGNER NOEL PERFORMING ARTS CENTER Midland, TX
APR 24 STAFFORD PERFORMING ARTS CENTER Houston, TX
APR 26 TOBIN CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS San Antonio, TX
APR 27 THE MAJESTIC THEATRE Dallas , TX
APR 28 ORPHEUM THEATER Wichita , KS
APR 29 FOLLY THEATER Kansas City, MO
MAY 1 PARAMOUNT THEATRE Denver, CO
MAY 3 AVALON THEATRE Grand Junction, CO
MAY 4 TUACAHN AMPHITHEATRE AT TUACAHN CENTER FOR THE ARTS Saint George, UT
MAY 5 FOX TUCSON THEATRE Tucson, AZ
MAY 6 LENSIC Albuquerque, NM
MAY 8 MESA ARTS CENTER - IKEDA THEATRE Phoenix, AZ
MAY 9 MCCALLUM THEATRE FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS Palm Springs, CA
MAY 10 THE THEATRE AT ACE HOTEL Los Angeles, CA
MAY 11 THE THEATRE AT ACE HOTEL Los Angeles, CA
MAY 12 HUMPHREY'S CONCERTS BY THE BAY San Diego, CA
MAY 15 CREST THEATRE Sacramento, CA
MAY 17 GOLDEN STATE THEATRE Santa Cruz, CA
MAY 18 TURLOCK COMMUNITY THEATRE Modesto, CA
MAY 19 FOX THEATRE Oakland, CA
MAY 20 UPTOWN THEATRE Napa, CA
MAY 22 CASCADE THEATRE Redding, CA
MAY 24 MCDONALD THEATRE Eugene, OR
MAY 25 REVOLUTION HALL Portland, OR
MAY 26 REVOLUTION HALL Portland, OR
MAY 27 MARTIN WOLDSON THEATER AT THE FOX Spokane, WA
MAY 29 MOORE THEATRE Seattle, WA
MAY 31 GREY EAGLE RESORT & CASINO - GREY EAGLE EVENT CENTRE Calgary, AB
JUN 1 CASINO REGINA - SHOW LOUNGE Regina, AB
JUN 2 RIVER CREE RESORT AND CASINO - THE VENUE Edmonton, AB
JUN 3 ESPLANADE THEATRE Medicine Hat, AB
JUN 5 BURTON CUMMINGS THEATRE FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS Winnipeg, MB
JUN 6 FARGO THEATRE Fargo, ND
JUN 8 JESSE AUDITORIUM Columbia, MO
JUN 9 SURF BALLROOM Clear Lake, IA
JUN 10 MEYER THEATRE Green Bay, WI


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That’s one hell of a tour. And a different show each night? Sweet.

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Lol weird al at the Apollo!


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Awesome. He’s playing here.


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Three shows near me, all on the weekend. I REALLY want to do this, but with a 2 1/2 month old at home, it’s unlikely.

But still, WOW.

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Didn’t realize you guys were having a baby. Hopefully you can get out for one of the three.


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Simonie wrote:
Didn’t realize you guys were having a baby. Hopefully you can get out for one of the three.


Thanks! The Weird Al show might be our first night away from the baby. It’ll be an interesting evening.

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Wow, crazy long tour. Will probably try to hit up that Fort Wayne, IN show.

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There is no michigan theater in detroit ???


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makes it to edmonton, but those high STD rates in Alaska must've scared him away from the great land.


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There is no michigan theater in detroit ???

Ann Arbor, not sure why it says Detroit


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Did anyone try for tickets for this? I got two for the Tabernacle in Atlanta in the 200s. Can’t wait!

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Didn’t try. Hope I can still get one.


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Closest show to me is DC, three hours away :(


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Originals with none of the parody’s? Who wants to see that? :shrug:

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Guessing by the size of that tour, a lot of people.


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Yeah. I had no idea he even had original music.

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Yeah. I had no idea he even had original music.


Stay tuned.

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Yeah. I had no idea he even had original music.


Al has two kinds of original material: style parodies (or a "pastiche"), where he uses the style of a particular artist or genre, and straight up original songs. The two occasionally intertwine, but I'm using Wikipedia as a source for what is original and what is a pastiche, in chronological order. Enjoy:

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"Weird Al" Yankovic, 1983
ORIGINALS:





Style parody of Tonio K


ORIGINALS:








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"Weird Al" Yankovic in 3-D, 1984

ORIGINALS:




Reggae style parody:





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Dare to Be Stupid, 1985

Style parody of Devo


Style parody of Elvis Presley-like Doo-wop


Style parody of 1950s sci-fi soundtracks


Style parody of 1920s and 1930s music


Original


There are 11 (!) other albums with original songs, pastiches and polka medleys I'm not posting in this thread right now, but may post bit by bit if I feel like it, but this should get you started.

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my brother got us tickets to the Denver show

pumped

Frank's 2000" TV and When I Was Your Age are jams.

Midnight Star also.

many thank-yous to schof26 for that post. great to catch up on old tunes.


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Yeah, thanks schof.

Lots of originals I hadn’t heard in years but somehow still have memorized.


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my brother got us tickets to the Denver show

pumped

Frank's 2000" TV and When I Was Your Age are jams.

Midnight Star also.

many thank-yous to schof26 for that post. great to catch up on old tunes.


Yeah! If I have time I’ll post all the originals, but I have to be at my desktop computer to do it. Too much of a pain to try to do it from my phone.

I’ll use the post to make a playlist to help us remember the old tunes. I don’t use Spotify, but I just opened it up on my phone and I’m going to make a playlist. Hopefully I can share it here when it’s finished.

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MAY 27 MARTIN WOLDSON THEATER AT THE FOX Spokane, WA
MAY 29 MOORE THEATRE Seattle, WA


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since you've been gone is one of his originals that i always enjoyed.

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halYEM wrote:
since you've been gone is one of his originals that i always enjoyed.


I was having a really tough time with a breakup when I heard that song for the first time. It put everything into perspective in the silliest, most poignant way possible.

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MAY 27 MARTIN WOLDSON THEATER AT THE FOX Spokane, WA
MAY 29 MOORE THEATRE Seattle, WA


sunday & tuesday nights ? ffffuuuckkkk that guy.


We’re going on a Sunday night.

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style parody of Gin Blossoms (i think)



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He had a pretty good Frank Zappa styled parody on one of his first albums.


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I love his style parodies and originals so I'm super excited for this tour. I'd love to see most anything already posted. I have major love for Stuck in a Closet with Vanna White


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All of this reminds me of the Boone Vincent episode of Malcolm in the Middle.


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Here’s my Spotify playlist. All Weird Al originals available on Spotify, so anything that’s not on Spotify isn’t in the playlist, like Medium Rarities. I used Wikipedia as my source, so if I missed anything, feel free to let me know.

Enjoy!

https://open.spotify.com/user/124254693 ... P6FkNB-SyA

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 Post subject: Re: New Weird Al tour
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