“Weird Al” Yankovic Announces ‘The Ridiculously Self-Indulgent Ill-Advised Vanity Tour’

“Weird Al” Yankovic is all set to head out on the road for a lengthy run across North America. Think you have seen his act before? Well, think again. He is dropping all of the normal production for a few barstools and “a bunch of old songs.” 

Below you can find the full announcement from Al.

BE YE ADVISED: I will be announcing ALL THE DATES for my 2018 North American tour tomorrow morning, October 13 at 9:00…

Posted by "Weird Al" Yankovic on Thursday, October 12, 2017

“THIS WILL NOT BE OUR NORMAL KIND OF TOUR. I decided we should try something different, just for a change of pace. 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.

Okay, obviously this tour is not for everybody. By design, it has extremely limited appeal. Instead of doing festivals, fairs and arenas, we’ll be doing small, intimate theatres. Instead of putting on a big flashy production, we’ll be trying to go for something very informal and low-key… kind of an Unplugged/Storytellers vibe. Like we’re just hanging out, playing in your living room. So if you’ve really got your heart set on seeing fat suits and Segways and hearing all your favorite parodies… this probably isn’t the tour for you. Chances are we’ll be doing that kind of show again sometime in the future, just not THIS time.

It might sound like I’m trying to talk people into NOT buying tickets… Actually, I just want people to be very aware of the nature of this tour so that they can make an informed decision now and not be disappointed later. Having said that, I know that there’s a small but enthusiastic subset of fans that literally have been waiting decades for this kind of a show, so… this tour is for them. And me. And the band. 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.

Because all my concerts in the past were so highly produced, they needed to be rigidly planned down to the SECOND, and therefore the shows were virtually identical from one city to the next. But since this tour is unencumbered by theatrics, we have a lot more flexibility. So… EVERY SINGLE SHOW WILL BE DIFFERENT. 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.

Oh, one other cool thing… For the first time ever, I’m bringing an opening act with me on the road. I’m very pleased to announce that on every show of the 2018 Tour, I will be sharing the stage with my good friend, the legendary Mr. EMO PHILIPS.


If this isn’t your metaphorical cup of tea – hey, I get it, no worries, we’ll see you next time. But for everybody else – please check out the full list of tour dates tomorrow morning on weirdal.com!

Your close, personal friend,

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“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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