Weird Al Yankovic – July 22, 2013
There is a vivid image that comes to mind when Weird Al Yankovic is mentioned: bug-eyed, curly brown mullet, Hawaiian tee. And his concert on Sunday did not disappoint. When he came onto stage, in an obnoxious Hawaiian t-shirt, everyone in the crowd, aged from zero to ninety-nine, were immediately excited. They knew this was going to be a show of pure laughs and entertainment. Sure enough, Weird Al did not disappoint! Although his hair isn’t as big, his constant costume changes, and caricature-like expressions were exactly one would imagine. It was fun to watch Weird Al up on stage really using the energy of the crowd to fuel his performance. Although I’m not the biggest Weird Al fan myself, I can’t help but admire the way he has twisted iconic pop-culture songs into clever, lyrical satire.
I was impressed with the variety of the crowd he drew, it is clear that he is able to bridge generation gaps. By messing with songs from ‘You Belong With Me”, by Taylor Swift to Michael Jackson’s ‘Bad’, any age is able to find joy in his music. The most entertaining of all was when he showed up on stage in a giant butterfly suit, when he parodied Lady Gaga’s ‘Born This Way’. As if the crowd wasn’t enjoying the show enough, in between songs, he showed sliced up celebrity interviews on the screen behind the stage. During these interviews, he took the words of celebrities like Megan Fox, or Nick Cage, completely out of context, making them convey the overall message that he wanted.
Overall, the show reminded me of one giant hilarious YouTube video, where the only dull moments came from the five-second drum solo, which, in retrospect, was still entertaining. I know that this isn’t going to be the top of 1190’s charts, but if you ever get a chance to see Weird Al Yankovic perform live, please do. He will deliver the dose of mindless humor that everyone needs every once in a while.
Review by Amanda Roper