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“Weird Al” Yankovic::Star Plaza Theatre::07/09/10

L-to-R: Rubén Valtierra (keyboards), Jon "Bermuda" Schwartz (drums), "Weird Al" Yankovic (genius), Richard Sandrok (fan), and Jim West (guitar)

I bought my first “Weird Al” record when I was a wee pup.  At a truck stop.  Also, it wasn’t a record.  It was a tape.  Great road trip.  I told Al this while we were talking on Friday.  “I do most of my business at truck stops.  It’s amazing, so thanks for being part of the demographic.”

We ran down to the Star Plaza in Merrillville, Indiana on Friday.  There were three of us in the car – myself, our photographer Paul, and one of our Market Development gurus, Dave, who was recruited to do videography.  All three of us are fans and all three of us had never seen Al live before.  I’m glad I got to go; it was on my “bucket list”.

Before you read any further, if you have never seen a Weird Al video you need to do yourself a favor; go to his YouTube page and watch, at the very least, the videos for “Fat”, “Smells Like Nirvana”, and “Amish Paradise”.  Then, if you really want to understand how brilliant he can be, go watch the videos for Michael Jackson’s “Bad”, Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit”, and Coolio’s “Amish Paradise”.  It’s worth it.

Now that you’ve seen or recalled those masterpieces, picture those fantastic costumes on a stage right in front of you.  During his performance nearly every satirical song used the outfits from the videos.  There were probably a dozen or so costume changes and anyone with theatrical experience could probably appreciate what it would take to get in to this gem…

You know he's fat

…Yeah, the fat suit!  If I had to guess I’d say that outfit was the most intensive change, though that can be debated.  I mean, the guy dressed Amish, DEVO, pimpin’, Cobain-y, and like Michael Jackson.  Oh, and the Jedi costumes.  There were more, too.  Al also likes to play with video and interludes during costume changes were handled by his vast repertoire of Al TV footage.  Back in the day when MTV actually played music there were whole days when Al TV took over the channel.  The passion for re-cutting interviews never died.  Again, go to his YouTube channel to scope out the latest of his interviews.

We sat down with Al for about ten minutes prior to the show.  He’s a fan of his in-ears (some brand-spankin’ new PSM900s) and has used Shure all over his stage for years.  I’ll post the video for everyone as soon as I’m able.  In the meantime, check out a few shots from the show!

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You know he's fat

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All photos © Photo Reserve

Richard

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