“Weird Al” Yankovic + Emo Philips

Music, Rock and indie
"Weird Al" Yankovic
Photograph: Courtesy the artist

After years of costume changes, video montages and general tomfoolery, parody-master “Weird Al” Yankovic is hanging up the fat suit for his latest, stripped-down tour. Self-consciously dubbed the Ill-Advised Vanity Tour, the setlists will focus on Yankovic's early songs and original material, dating back to the days of the Dr. Demento Show. Here's hoping that Yankovic treats the shows like an episode of VH1 Storytellers, so that we can finally learn what inspired him to write the 11-minute epic "Albuquerque." Comedian Emo Philips—who played an inept shop teacher in Weird Al's film UHF—opens the show.

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