'Weird Al' schedules 2018 show in Rochester
America's foremost musical satirist is coming to Rochester.
"Weird Al" Yankovic is scheduled to perform April 2 at Mayo Civic Center's recently-renovated Presentation Hall. Tickets for the show go on sale Friday at noon, and start at $49.50.
For more than three decades, Yankovic has entertained fans with humorous songs loaded with satire and social commentary. He has recorded more than 150 songs and sold over 12 million albums. His most recent album, Mandatory Fame, was the first comedy album in history to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 chart.
For the upcoming tour, Weird Al says he will leave out the theatrics that typically accompany his performances. Instead, the four-time Grammy winner says he wants a "change of pace."
"We’re scaling way, way back," he wrote on Facebook. "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."
Whether he's only teasing us — you can be the judge.
"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."
Weird Al will be joined on the tour by comedian Emo Phillips.
Cover photo: Weird Al in 2012 / Creative Commons