“Weird Al” Yankovic has graced the music industry with his giddy, absurd musical genius for over three decades, and his legions of fans couldn’t love him more. While other acts of similar longevity are on their second or third “Farewell Tour”, Al is still cranking out new music. His albums lampoon the biggest hits of the day, his concerts are rollicking rock ‘n roll/rap/hip hop/country/Star Wars-filled family-friendly parties, and nearly everything he does appeals in some way to fans of all ages and tastes.
That is, until now. Ladies and gentlemen, it’s time to lower your expectations…”Weird Al” Yankovic is touring in 2018!
Al recently announced his new tour on Facebook, which included a lengthy disclaimer featuring this all-caps warning: “THIS WILL NOT BE OUR NORMAL KIND OF TOUR.”
In quite a departure from prior tours over the past 35 years, Al is planning a barebones presentation for his next outing. Fans who have attended previous concerts are very familiar with the elaborate costume changes, props, theatrics, film/TV clips, and multimedia presentations carefully synchronized to the live performance. None of that will be part of this tour. The concerts will still be packed with plenty of great music and humor. They will just be less flashy.
In what is being billed as a “no-frills” tour with “no commercial appeal,” Al and the band intend to focus on deep cuts and lesser-known songs for the set lists on the 2018 tour. The shows will consist almost entirely of non-hit original songs from his catalogue rather than the more widely recognized parodies.
For this reason, the tour has been titled THE RIDICULOUSLY SELF-INDULGENT, ILL-ADVISED VANITY TOUR.
Despite the name, the tour is a dream come true for ardent Al fans. While he has consistently included one or two rare songs in the lineup on previous tours, this will be the first time the entire concert focuses on this type of material. Many of these songs will be played live the first time.
Although Al boasts Billboard hits aplenty, there’s a surprising amount of “obscure” material to choose from. Al has released 14 studio albums from 1983 through 2014 (with over 160 tracks in all).
You won’t see Al at the typical music festivals, fairs, arenas, and large venues this time around. Instead, the band will be booked at small theaters for a more intimate experience. Fans can expect a casual and relaxed presentation in the vein of “Unplugged.” Because the shows on this tour will not be highly produced, the band will also have the flexibility to vary the set from show to show.
This will also be the first time Weird Al has taken an opening act on the road. His longtime friend Emo Philips will be opening every show. He is probably best known to Weird Al fans as the shop teacher who had an unfortunate experience with a table saw in Al’s 1989 film “UHF”.
Show dates for THE RIDICULOUSLY SELF-INDULGENT, ILL-ADVISED VANITY TOUR can be found at weirdal.com. Tickets will go on sale at 12:00 PM local time on October 20.