Reporting Terri Lee Sylvester
DETROIT — “Weird Al” Yankovic, the biggest selling comedy recording artist of all time, will bring “The Alpocalypse Tour” to the Fox Theatre at 8 p.m. on Saturday, May 5. The tour is in support of Yankovic’s return to demolish the pop landscape with his latest full-length studio album, Alpocalypse.
Tickets ($19, $29, $39 and $49) go on sale at 10 a.m. Saturday, January 14 and can be purchased at OlympiaEntertainment.com, The Fox Theatre and Joe Louis Arena box offices, Hockeytown Authentics in Troy (without service charge) at all Ticketmaster locations and Ticketmaster.com. To charge tickets by phone, call (800) 745-3000. For additional information, call 313-471-6611.
Yankovic’s first studio album in nearly five years, Alpocalypse, features parodies of Miley Cyrus (“Party In The CIA”), Taylor Swift (“TMZ”), B.o.B featuring Bruno Mars (“Another Tattoo”) and T.I. (“Whatever You Like”). The album’s requisite polka medley – “Polka Face” – features accordion-driven versions of songs by the biggest artists of the day, including Justin Bieber, Ke$ha, Britney Spears, P!nk, Lady Antebellum, Katy Perry and of course, Lady Gaga.
The album has also received two Grammy nominations for Best Comedy Album and for Best Short Form Video of the Lady Gaga parody “Perform This Way”; winners will be announced Saturday, February 12.
In addition, Alpocalypse features an assortment of Al originals, including The Doors homage “Craigslist” (with keyboards by original Doors member Ray Manzarek), the twisted love song “If That Isn’t Love” (with Taylor Hanson on piano) and the provocatively-titled magnum opus “Stop Forwarding That Crap To Me.”
Yankovic has won three Grammys (with 12 nominations), racked up 31 Gold and Platinum Albums, and won countless awards and accolades for Weird Al classics like “Eat It,” “Like a Surgeon,” “Fat,” “Smells Like Nirvana,” “Amish Paradise” and “The Saga Begins.” His previous album Straight Outta Lynwood (2006), the highest-charting of his career, spawned the Billboard Top 10 single “White & Nerdy,” the video of which spent two months at #1 on iTunes and garnered over 100 million hits on the Internet.
Yankovic is also well-known for his cult-hit feature film UHF (1989), his late ‘90s CBS Saturday morning series The Weird Al Show and the numerous AL-TV specials that he’s made for MTV and VH1 over the years. Yankovic’s latest TV special, Behind the Music Remastered: ‘Weird Al” Yankovic, will air Saturday, January 7.
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