“Weird Al” Yankovic
Tuesday, June 7, with doors at 6 p.m.
Saenger Theatre, 6 S. Joachim St., www.mobilesaenger.com
Tickets: $36.50/$39.60/$54.50/$269 (for the Mandatory Czar Experience), available at the Saenger box office and through Ticketmaster
Over the past century, novelty music has flourished. Comedic musicians such as Spike Jones and Stan “The Man” Freberg specialized in musical parodies of popular songs. Such icons inspired a young “Weird Al” Yankovic. While still in high school, he released his debut single, “Belvedere Cruisin’,” through the novelty-centric radio program “The Dr. Demento Show.” Yankovic had found his calling.
As he entered California Polytechnic, Yankovic began to establish his reputation as music history’s most prolific parody artist. Songs such as “My Bologna” (The Knack’s “My Sharona”) and “Another One Rides the Bus” (Queen’s “Another One Bites the Dust”) collected a cult following of novelty-philes. Yankovic jumped into the mainstream with his break-out hit “Eat It” (Michael Jackson’s “Beat It”).
In the following years, Yankovic proved no song was off limits with a plethora of comedic parodies from across musical genres. This success allowed him to appear in numerous films and television shows, including “UHF” and “The Weird Al Show.” Fans of IFC’s “Comedy Bang! Bang!” can expect to see Yankovic taking over bandleader and co-host duties.
Yankovic’s live performances are just as hilarious and entertaining as his music. This talented artist is known for multiple costume changes that can sometimes include his fat suit from the video for “I’m Fat” (Michael Jackson’s “I’m Bad”). For this “Mandatory World Tour,” Yankovic is adding to his concert experience with the “Mandatory Czar VIP Experience.” This package includes exclusive seating, a meet and greet, a pre-show costume party with snacks, a cash bar and “Minister of Propaganda” DJ. In addition, VIPs will received merch such as a signed tour flag, a Yankovic-edited edition of “MAD Magazine” and a souvenir lanyard.