Weird Al Yankovic to kick off Meadows summer concert series

Published May 24, 2013 at 12:51 pm (Updated May 24, 2013 at 12:51 pm)

With a career that spans more than three decades, “Weird Al” Yankovic continues to be a prevailing force inside the entertainment world.

Fans of the musician’s wild and offbeat humor can experience it live June 1, as Yankovic’s “Alpocalypse Tour” kicks off the Meadows Racetrack & Casino’s Outdoor Summer Concert Series.

“It’s going to be a rocking comedy show extravaganza,” Yankovic said. “Fans should not expect a dull moment during the show.”

Yankovic began touring after releasing his latest album, “Alpocalypse,” his 13th studio album two summers ago. In addition to singles from”Alpocalypse,” expect a variety of comedy events and surprises from Weird Al and his band.

Yankovic has attributed his success and years in the business to his ability to stay true to his sense of humor. “I do what I think is funny, and hopefully other people enjoy it as well,” Yankovic said.

The album was nominated for two Grammys, including Best Comedy Album and Best Short Form Video for the music video to “Perform This Way,” which Yankovic directed as well, and features singles such as “Rocking in the CIA, “Polka Face,” and “TMZ,” to name a few. Following its release, “Alpocalypse” reached No. 9 on the Billboard 200, the highest debut of his career.

In addition to his concert tour, Weird Al will also embark on a book tour at the end of June, to promote his new children’s book, “My New Teacher and Me,” which follows an imaginative 8-year-old who must deal with a serious teacher and a strict lesson plan. The book is follow-up to his first children’s book, the New York Times best seller, “When I Grow Up.”

Unfortunately, the book tour will not be reaching Pittsburgh, according to Yankovic.

In addition to his other projects, Yankovic has also begun work on another new album. He is currently writing new songs and recording some singles in the studio. He hopes to have the new album released, “Sometime in the next 30 to 40 years.”

For more information, visit www.weirdal.com or follow him on Twitter, @alyankovic. For tickets, visit www.ticketmaster.com.

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