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“Weird Al” Yankovic announces The Ridiculously Self-Indulgent Ill-Advised Vanity Tour

"No costumes, no props, no video screens, no computer servers. We’re just going to walk out on stage, sit down on stools, and play a bunch of old songs."

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    “Weird Al” Yankovic will head back onto the road early next year for another expansive North American tour. This time, however, the legendary comedian-singer is opting for a “no frills” event with an “Unplugged vibe,” featuring a set comprised almost exclusively of original songs — not the parodies that have featured heavily in his past shows. As such, he’s titled the outing, “the Ridiculously Self-Indulgent Ill-Advised Vanity Tour.”

    “I decided we should try something different, just for a change of pace,” he explained on Facebook. “So next year we’re scaling way, way back. No costumes, no props, no video screens, no computer servers. We’re just going to walk out on stage, sit down on stools, and play a bunch of old songs. Oh, and we’re going to be performing almost exclusively originals (i.e. not parodies). The deep cuts and obscure tracks. The songs that were never hits. The ones you barely remember.”

    “Weird Al” likened the tour to “like we’re just hanging out, playing in your living room.” He added, “After putting on ‘multimedia extravaganzas’ for 35 years, we just wanted to take it down a few notches and have a little musical palate cleanser.”

    No longer restricted by scheduled wardrobe changes and theatrics, each concert will be flexible in terms of what songs are played. “We’re going deep into the catalogue and mixing up the set list every night. This show will be loose, unpredictable, and maybe a little sloppy – we’ll be making it up as we go along.”

    The last proper album from “Weird Al” came with 2014’s Mandatory Fun. On November 24th, he’s set to release a career-spanning box set called Squeeze Box.

    Consult the full itinerary below, followed by a trailer for the tour.

    “Weird Al” Yankovic 2018 Tour Dates:
    02/27 – Poughkeepsie, NY @ Bardavon 1869 Opera House
    03/01 – Tarrytown, NY @ Tarrytown Music Hall
    03/02 – Mashantucket, CT @ Foxwoods Resort Casino
    03/03 – Portsmouth, NH @ The Music Hall
    03/04 – Boston, MA @ Wilbur Theatre
    03/07 – Montreal, QC @ Place des Arts
    03/09 – Toronto, ON @ Danforth
    03/10 – Grand Rapids, MI @ 20 Monroe Live
    03/11 – Ann Arbor, MI @ Michigan Theater
    03/13 – Buffalo, NY @ University at Buffalo Center for the Arts
    03/14 – Ithaca, NY @ State Theatre
    03/16 – Philadelphia, PA @ Caesars Atlantic City
    03/17 – Long Island, NY @ The Paramount
    03/18 – Harrisburg, PA @ American Music Theatre
    03/20 – Washington, DC @ Music Center at Strathmore
    03/23 – New York, NY @ Apollo Theater
    03/24 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Palace Theatre
    03/25 – Cleveland, OH @ Playhouse Square
    03/26 – Lexington, KY @ Lexington Opera House
    03/28 – Louisville, KY @ The Browne Theatre
    03/29 – Indianapolis, IN @ The Center for the Performing Arts
    03/30 – Champaign, IL @ Virginia Theatre
    03/31 – Des Moines, IA @ Hoyt Sherman Place
    04/02 – Rochester, MN @ Mayo Civic Center Presentation Hall
    04/03 – Minneapolis, MN @ Pantages Theatre
    04/04 – Minneapolis, MN @ Pantages Theatre
    04/06 – Chicago, IL @ Vic Theatre
    04/07 – Chicago, IL @ Vic Theatre
    04/10 – Milwaukee, WI @ Pabst Theater
    04/12 – Fort Wayne, IN @ Honeywell Center
    04/13 – Chattanooga, TN @ Walker Theater
    04/14 – Augusta, GA @ Miller Theater
    04/15 – Atlanta, GA @ Tabernacle
    04/19 – Springfield, MO @ Gillioz Theatre
    04/20 – Longview, TX @ LeTourneau University Belcher Center
    04/21 – Austin, TX @ Moontower Comedy Festival at Paramount Theatre
    04/22 – Midland, TX @ Wagner Noel Performing Arts Center
    04/24 – Houston, TX @ Stafford Performing Arts Center
    04/26 – San Antonio, TX @ Tobin Center for the Performing Arts
    04/27 – Dallas, TX @ The Majestic Theatre
    04/28 – Wichita, KS @ Orpheum Theater
    04/29 – Kansas City, MO @ Folly Theater
    05/01 – Denver, CO @ Paramount Theatre
    05/03 – Grand Junction, CO @ Avalon Theatre
    05/04 – Saint George, UT @ Tuacahn Amphitheatre
    05/05 – Tucson, AZ @ Fox Tucson Theatre
    05/06 – Albuquerque, NM @ Lensic Performing Arts Center
    05/08 – Phoenix, AZ @ Mesa Arts Center
    05/09 – Palm Springs, CA @ McCallum Theatre for the Performing Arts
    05/11 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Theatre at Ace Hotel
    05/12 – San Diego, CA @ Humphrey’s Concerts by the Bay
    05/15 – Sacramento, CA @ Crest Theatre
    05/17 – Santa Cruz, CA @ Golden Stage Theatre
    05/18 – Modesto, CA @ Turlock Community Theatre
    05/19 – Oakland, CA @ Fox Theatre
    05/20 – Napa, CA @ Uptown Theatre
    05/22 – Redding, CA @ Cascade Theatre
    05/24 – Eugene, OR @ McDonald Theatre
    05/25 – Portland, OR @ Revolution Hall
    05/26 – Portland, OR @ Revolution Hall
    05/27 – Spokane, WA @ Martin Woldson Theatre at the Fox
    05/29 – Seattle, WA @ Moore Theatre
    05/31 – Calgary, AB @ Grey Eagle Resort & Casino
    06/01 – Regina, AB @ Casino Regina
    06/02 – Edmonton, AB @ River Cree Resort and Casino
    06/03 – Medicine Hat, AB @ Esplanade Theatre
    06/05 – Winnipeg, AB @ Burton Cummings Theatre for the Performing Arts
    06/06 – Fargo, ND @ Fargo Theatre
    06/08 – Columbia, MO @ Jesse Auditorium
    06/09 – Clear Lake, IA @ Surf Ballroom
    06/10 – Green Bay, WI @ Meyer Theatre

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