Weird Al as you've never seen him before coming to Greensburg's Palace Theatre
"Weird Al" Yankovic will be coming to Greensburg next year — March 24 at the Palace Theatre — but he won't be performing his typical show.
He will on "The Ridiculously Self-Indulgent, Ill-Advised Vanity Tour" — a stripped-down, no-frills production scheduled to run through June.
After his highly successful "Mandatory World Tour," he decided that he wanted to take a break from the high-octane theatrics and go with no costumes, no props, no video screens — just Yankovic and his band of three decades hanging out on stage, playing music. Because of the nature of show, he will be performing in intimate theaters and settings.
Drawing from a back catalog of 14 studio albums, he promises to deliver a different set list every night.
He has a long list of "weird" parady songs to choose from, but says the new tour will include, gasp, regular songs.
Some of his weirder titles include:
• "Addicted to Spuds"
• "Pretty Fly for a Rabbi"
• "Stuck in a Closet with Vanna White"
• "Velvet Elvis"
Opening the show each night will be Al's long-time friend, comedian Emo Philips.
I like Twitter because it combines my two favorite forms of communication: texting, and throwing a note in a bottle out into the sea.— Emo Philips (@EmoPhilips) March 31, 2016
"This show will be loose, unpredictable, and maybe a bit sloppy – we'll be making it up as we go along," Yankovic says in a news release.
Yankovic is the biggest-selling comedy recording artist of all time.
"Mandatory Fun," his most recent release, was the first comedy album in history to debut at No. 1 on Billboard's Top 200, and included the hit single "Word Crimes."
"Squeeze Box: The Complete Recordings of Weird Al Yankovic," is due out in November. In includes all 14 of his studio albums re-mastered for vinyl and CD format, plus a rarities album and 120-page book of photos from the archives, all housed in a replica of his signature accordion.
And for something completely different, here's a giant tattoo of Weird Al:
And the lucky winner of TODAY'S 'Tattoo a Huge Picture of Weird Al's Face on Your Thigh' Contest is... pic.twitter.com/OyDRhqBeEg— Al Yankovic (@alyankovic) September 17, 2017
Tickets for the Greensburg show go on sale at 9 a.m. Oct. 20. Prices range from $50 to $279.
Details: 724-836-8000 or thepalacetheatre.org
JoAnne Klimovich Harrop is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach her at 412-320-7889 or email@example.com or via Twitte @Jharrop_Trib.