“He who is tired of Weird Al is tired of life.”
– Homer Simpson
Yeah, that just about sums it up. Weird Al Yankovic and his band took over the Palace Theatre in Albany on Tuesday night and served up a wonderfully entertaining evening of laughs, theater, film clips and lots of music.
Once simply a song parodist, Yankovic has evolved over the course of his impossibly long career, and he now not only skewers top pop hit songs but also the entire realm of popular culture that spawns them:
Madonna, “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire,” Alanis Morissette, Spam, MTV, the Doors, Billy Joel, frozen waffles, Kid Cudi, the Kinks, Jamie Foxx, Don McLean, “Avatar,” Huey Lewis & the News, Miley Cyrus, lasagna, Pink, Ronald Reagan, Santa Claus…
“I think that the first record that I owned was a Johnny Cash single called ‘Boa Constrictor,’ which was written by Shel Silverstein. He’s basically reciting a poem about being eaten by a large snake, and at the end, the snake swallows him, and you hear the snake burp. When I was five years old, I just thought that was the funniest thing ever.
My parents used to buy records for me, and I remember that one of the first albums that I ever owned was by the Royal Guardsmen, ‘Snoopy Versus the Red Baron.’
But probably the very first album that I ever spent my own money on was Elton John’s ‘Goodbye Yellow Brick Road.'”
Weird Al Yankovic and his band of merry pranksters roll into the Palace Theatre in Albany at 8pm on Tuesday as part of their “ALpocalypse” tour. Tix are $24.50, $29.50, $34.50 and $39.50.
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