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|May 12||Weird Al Yankovic||Chi Showroom - Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino Las Vegas, Nevada||Find Tickets|
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|May 14||Weird Al Yankovic||Chi Showroom - Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino Las Vegas, Nevada||Find Tickets|
|May 15||Weird Al Yankovic||Chi Showroom - Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino Las Vegas, Nevada||Find Tickets|
|May 16||Weird Al Yankovic||Chi Showroom - Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino Las Vegas, Nevada||Find Tickets|
|May 19||Weird Al Yankovic||The Historic Brady Theater Tulsa, Oklahoma||Find Tickets|
|May 20||Weird Al Yankovic||Hudson Performance Hall Oklahoma City, Oklahoma||Find Tickets|
|May 22||Weird Al Yankovic||Hard Rock Biloxi, Mississippi||Find Tickets|
|May 23||Weird Al Yankovic||Ryman Auditorium Nashville, Tennessee||Find Tickets|
|May 24||Weird Al Yankovic||Horseshoe Casino Tunica Robinsonville, Mississippi||Find Tickets|
|May 26||Weird Al Yankovic||Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts Bloomington, Illinois||Find Tickets|
|May 28||Weird Al Yankovic||The Murat Theatre at Old National Centre Indianapolis, Indiana||Find Tickets|
|May 30||Weird Al Yankovic||Jacobs Pavilion Cleveland, Ohio||Find Tickets|
|May 31||Weird Al Yankovic||The Palace Theatre Greensburg, Pennsylvania||Find Tickets|
|Jun 2||Weird Al Yankovic||Wilbur Theatre Boston, Massachusetts||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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