‘Weird Al’ Yankovic coming to Erie in July

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Weird Al debuted his voice through his song, ‘My Bologna,’ which was greatly appreciated. He is mostly famous for remaking popular hit songs into parodies.
Weird AI's Erie trip .

By Anna Ashcraft
Staff Writer/Spectator

“Weird Al” Yankovic will be coming to Erie’s Warner Theatre July 10, 2015 at 8 p.m. as part of his Mandatory World Tour. The tour will travel to around 100 cities in the U.S.

Tickets are for sale online now or at the Erie Insurance Arena box office. The price ranges from $40 to $60. 

Alfred Matthew Yankovic, known as “Weird Al,” has been making music since high school. According to Rolling Stone, in 1979 at the age of 16, Yankovic sent a demo tape to the radio DJ Dr. Demento and his song “My Bologna” quickly became popular. This song rose in the charts and he was then signed by Capitol records, and a few years later, Rock n Roll Records signed him. He is now signed under Way Moby, Volcano, JIVE and Sony.

Throughout the years, he has been a parody singer of hit songs. He also hosted a show on MTV called AL TV in 1985; he hosted the Weird Al show on CBS in 1997 and 1998 and made an autobiography/mockumentary movie about his life in 1985 called “The Compleat AL”.

He is famous for parodies of hit songs. A few of the most popular songs include “Smells like Nirvana” a parody of Nirvana’s “Smells like Teen Spirit,” “White and Nerdy” from Chamillionare’s “Ridin Dirty,” “Party in the CIA” from Miley Cyrus’ “Party in the USA,” “Another One Rides the Bus” from Queen’s “Another One Bites the Dust” and “I Love Rocky Road” a parody of Joan Jett and the Blackhearts’ “I Love Rock n Roll.”

His Mandatory World Tour will travel across the nation starting May 12 in Las Vegas at Planet Hollywood and will end Sept. 18 in Laughlin, Nevada.  To be announced soon is his European tour, which will travel to some parts of Europe, New Zealand and Australia.

“Mandatory Fun,” Yankovic’s 14th studio album, won him a 2015 Grammy for “Best Comedy Album.”

It also debuted at the number one spot on the Billboard 200 list, making it the first comedy album to hit number one in over 50 years.

Yankovic announced his Mandatory World Tour with the video, “Weird Al gets Whiplashed,” where he played the accordion and J.J. Simmons keeps yelling at him to improve his playing.

Eventually, Simmons gets annoyed and throws a chair at Yankovic’s head. Then, he announces the Mandatory World Tour at the end and runs out of the time, apologizing to Simmons for still being there.

He has voiced and acted in some shows, including “Children’s Hospital,” “Gravity Falls,” “Uncle Grandpa,” “Adventure Time,” “Star Wars: Detours,” “Drunk History” and the animated upcoming 2015 movie “Batman & Robin.”

Yankovic is set to play “The Dollmaker” in that upcoming film, which is set to be released in April.

The movie is a sequel to “Son of Batman (2014)” and is based on the 2012 comic “Batman: The Court of Owls”. 

WeirdAL.com is hosting an event to “Win a Trip for 2” to Yankovic’s performance at Las Vegas’ Planet Hollywood on May 16.

Anna Ashcraft is a staff writer for the Spectator. She can be reached by eupnews.spectator@gmail.com