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|Jul 26||Weird Al” Yankovic – The Mandatory World Tour||Woodland Park Zoo Seattle, Washington||Find Tickets|
|Jul 27||Weird Al” Yankovic – The Mandatory World Tour||Woodland Park Zoo Seattle, Washington||Find Tickets|
|Jul 28||Weird Al Yankovic||McMenamins Edgefield Troutdale, Oregon||Find Tickets|
|Jul 29||Weird Al Yankovic||Cuthbert Amphitheatre Eugene, Oregon||Find Tickets|
|Jul 30||Weird Al Yankovic||Sonoma State University - Green Music Center Rohnert Park, California||Find Tickets|
|Aug 2||Weird Al Yankovic||Arlington Theatre Santa Barbara, California||Find Tickets|
|Aug 3||Weird Al Yankovic||Comerica Theatre (formerly Dodge Theatre) Phoenix, Arizona||Find Tickets|
|Aug 5||Weird Al Yankovic||Red Butte Garden Salt Lake City, Utah||Find Tickets|
|Aug 6||Weird Al Yankovic||The Hudson Gardens & Event Center Littleton, Colorado||Find Tickets|
|Aug 7||Weird Al Yankovic||Starlight Theatre Kansas City, Missouri||Find Tickets|
|Aug 9||Weird Al Yankovic||McGrath Amphitheater Cedar Rapids, Iowa||Find Tickets|
|Aug 10||Weird Al Yankovic||Pinewood Bowl Lincoln, Nebraska||Find Tickets|
|Aug 12||Weird Al Yankovic||Bluestem Center For The Arts Moorhead, Minnesota||Find Tickets|
|Aug 14||Weird Al Yankovic||Conexus Arts Centre Regina, CAN||Find Tickets|
|Aug 15||Weird Al Yankovic||The Burton Cummings Theatre Winnipeg, CAN||Find Tickets|
The foremost song parodist of the MTV era, "Weird Al" Yankovic carried the torch of musical humor more proudly and more successfully than any performer since Allan Sherman. In the world of novelty records -- a genre noted for its extensive back catalog of flashes-in-the-pan and one-hit wonders -- Yankovic was king, scoring smash after smash over the course of an enduring career which found him topically mocking everything from new wave to gangsta rap.
Ultimately, much of Yankovic's success resulted from his skilled use of music video, a medium not available in the era of Spike Jones or Allan Sherman; suddenly, not only could records themselves serve as parody fodder, but their video clips were ripe for satire as well. Additionally, MTV firmly established Yankovic's public persona; sporting garish Hawaiian shirts, frizzy hair, and an arsenal of goofy mannerisms, he cut a distinctly bizarre figure which he consistently exploited to maximum comic effect. After Michael Jackson's "Beat It" became the most acclaimed video in the medium's brief history, Yankovic recorded "Eat It" for his sophomore effort, 1984's "Weird" Al Yankovic in 3-D; the "Eat It" video, which mocked the "Beat It" clip scene-for-scene, became an MTV smash, and the Grammy-winning single reached the Top 15.
After an extended period of silence, he returned in 1992 with Off the Deep End, which featured the Top 40 hit "Smells Like Nirvana," a send-up of Nirvana's landmark single "Smells Like Teen Spirit." After 1993's Alapalooza, he resurfaced in 1996 with Bad Hair Day, his highest-charting record to date thanks to the success of the single "Amish Paradise," a takeoff of the Coolio hit "Gangsta's Paradise." The follow-up, Running with Scissors, appeared in 1999, with Poodle Hat landing in 2003. Straight Outta Lynwood appeared in 2006 with the single "White & Nerdy," a suburban parody of Chamillionaire's hit "Ridin."
Yankovic has completed his thirteenth studio album. The new album, titled Alpocalypse, will be his first studio album since Straight Outta Lynwood, and a release date has been set for June 21, 2011. The album will contain the five songs from the previous Internet Leaks digital download release, a polka mix called "Polka Face", a song called "TMZ" which will be set to music video animated by Bill Plympton, and five other new songs.
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