“Weird Al” Yankovic has been the parody king for over 30 years. He first started out by singing “My Bologna” a parody of the hit song “My Sharona” by The Knack. After the record became a hit, people did not think he’d be around much longer. They said it again after his next hit, “Another One Rides the Bus”, the parody of the Queen’s “Another One Bites the Dust”. People in the music business saw Al as a novelty act that would soon pass. Al exploded with “Eat It” the parody of Michael Jackson’s widely popular “Beat It”. It was then that people began to shut their mouths and realized that “Weird Al” Yankovic was here to stay. Today, not only is Al still making hit albums, he has outlasted many of the artists that he has parodied.
Weird Al’s newest album, Alpocalypse, hit stores this past June and thanks to the first track, “Perform this Way”, a parody of Lady Gaga’s “Born this Way”, Alpocalypse became an instant chartbuster by debuting at #9 on the Billboard charts. Al is now on tour and last night, October 4th, he appeared at the Seminole Hard Rock Casino in Hollywood.
Whether you are fan of “Weird Al” Yankovic or not, it’s hard to imagine anyone who did not have a great time at this show. At around 8:05 PM “Fun Zone” an instrumental theme off the “UHF” soundtrack, began to play to alert everyone that Al and his band, Jon “Bermuda” Schwartz (drums), Steve Jay (bass), Jim West (guitar) and Rubén Valtierra (keyboard) were about to come on stage. The lights went out and there was “Weird Al” Yankovic with his signature accordion. The first song that was played was “Polka Face” from the new album. A video of all the artist’s songs Al was singing played on a video monitor in the background.
Al’s next song, also from Alpocalypse was “TMZ”, a parody of Taylor Swift’s “You Belong with Me”. After that song ended, Al took a moment to let everyone in the practically sold out Hard Rock Live Theater know “That brings us to the half-way point of the show,” which got a good laugh. Everyone was then treated to a drum solo by Bermuda that lasted exact two beats of the drum. The arena was filled with people from all ages.
The next song was one of his classics, “You Make Me”, from his Even Worse album. It’s songs like “You Make Me” that probably contributed to the reason for Weird Al’s long success. He not only writes all these parodies of familiar hit songs, he also writes original material that has gone on to become hits. Later in the evening Al sung, “Wanna B Ur Lovr”. He came out in a red leopard patterned suit and walked into the audience while he sang it. He serenaded many of the female audience members with such lyrics as I don’t have a library card, but do you mind if I check you out and I wish I was crossed-eyed, girl so I could see you twice and while he was doing this, he was grinding his crotch in front of them or shaking his butt in their face. Among these women was one of the security people. Everyone in the theater loved it and the act went over huge!
Al made several costume changes throughout two-hour show. In-between songs, while he got changed, the video wall played moments from Al TV where he “interviewed” such celebrities as Jessica Simpson, Keith Richards and Eminem. Other videos that were shown were TV shows or movies that either featured Al or at least mentioned him. Other noted videos shown during the evening included the “Weird Al” Yankovic “movie trailer” to the bio movie, “Weird”. (You can watch that video in the sidebar.) There was also a clip from “The Simpsons” where Homer Simpson states, “He who is tired of Weird Al is tired of life”. Al then returned to the stage to sing “Smells Like Nirvana”.
At one point during the show Al sung a mélange of many of his past and present hits like “Whatever You Like”, “Ebay”, “The Theme Song to ‘Rocky VIII”, “Eat It” and a few more. The crowd ate up every moment. There was even a second drum solo by Bermuda and this solo last THREE drum beats. The last song was led in by the opening to Al’s video of “Fat” which led to his appearing on stage in his fat suit. Al had some fun interacting with the audience during that song too. Every time he sung out “Ho!” to a section of the theater that section sung it back to him. Even Santa Claus came out during the sing, but Al knocked him on his butt.
When Al finished singing the song and said “Good-night”, those who left the theater thinking the show was over would be sorry later, because, as the crowd cheered for an encore, The Emperor from the Star Wars movies came out along with a group of Stormtroopers and Darth Vader himself! Al then came on to sing “The Saga Begins” and followed that up with an extra special edition of “Yoda”. The crowd built up into frenzy as Al finally said, “Goodnight Hollywood, I love you!”
Judging by the reactions after the show, he got a lot of love back. “He’s so good,” commented Joy, a young woman who came out from Fort Lauderdale to see the show. “I’m so glad I came.” It’s safe to say everyone else who caught the show would agree.
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