My brother just got some pre-sale tickets for Weird Al's latest tour called Strings Attached, where he will be touring with an orchestra. The show is at a small-ish venue near me this coming July. We have seats in the center section about a dozen rows back from the stage. My brother tried to get seats even closer but he was about ten minutes late when the presale opened online and already the best seats were going fast! Still... not going to complain. The previous tour was great but we were literally in the very back row.I got to see Weird Al Yankovic perform at Foxwoods Casino on Friday night. I saw him once before back in 1996 when I was 9 years old. He was touring for his Alapalooza album and did a show at Eastern States Exposition (The Big E), a state fair in Massachusetts. I remember being awed by not just the musical performance itself but all the costumes and everything that went along with the parodies, and the encore performance of Yoda, complete with accordion solo.
This time around, the purpose of the tour is to showcase his original songs that don't often get performed during normal album tours. The tour is no frills, meaning no costumes, video screens or special effects. It sounds lackluster but it was anything but. It was a reminder how talented and versatile the band members are as musicians. He performed some of my favorite tracks and even did some of them in a different genre/style than the originals. It was well worth the ticket.
For those who are curious. Here is the setlist:
“Weird Al” Yankovic Setlist at Fox Theater at Foxwoods, Mashantucket
You will note some of the songs on the setlist had not been performed live in about 30 years, so that made it all the more special. My mum and my brother were at that 1996 show with me, and the 3 of us got to share this experience too. So that was an added bonus. If he does another tour in the future in more of his usual style, I would definitely see him again.
Wow, that is a lot of bands. I keep listening to a live version of Came Back Haunted on YouTube.In the past two weeks, I have seen Nine Inch Nails, Metallica and Machine Head (twice this week!). Tomorrow, I am going to Metal Fest in Rhode Island to see Jinjer, Devildriver and Whitechapel.
That was such a fun stretch for me, especially needed because I'd just been laid off from my job. Live music is my drug of choice.I got tickets to see the British band Muse in the summer, they were expensive!
I've gone/ am going to 4 gigs this year so far.
Wow, that is a lot of bands. I keep listening to a live version of Came Back Haunted on YouTube.
Oh, that's fantastic! I took my mother to see him years ago in Boston for her birthday. It was a wonderful show. He is such a great entertainer. People were waltzing in the aisles. You will love it!I got tickets to see André Rieu next year.I've wanted to see him for a while.