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‘Weird Al’ Yankovic To Tour With Orchestra in 2019

The “Strings Attached” tour will once again spotlight his hit parodies

Comedian Weird Al YankovicMoontower Comedy Festival, Austin, Texas, USA - 21 Apr 2018Comedian Weird Al YankovicMoontower Comedy Festival, Austin, Texas, USA - 21 Apr 2018

"Weird Al" Yankovic announced a new "Strings Attached" tour for next year with a full symphony orchestra at every show.

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“Weird Al” Yankovic is returning to the road in 2019, where the musician will employ a full symphony orchestra for every show. Unlike this year’s Ridiculously Self-Indulgent, Ill-Advised Vanity Tour – where he played a set consisting almost entirely of his lesser-known original tunes – he’ll be breaking out all the classic parodies this time. “We’re going directly from my most scaled-down, low-key show ever to my most full-blown, over-the-top extravaganza ever,” Yankovic wrote in an Instagram post announcing the tour. “We bringing back the costumes and the props and the big video screen.”

Tour dates won’t be announced until November 12th, but Yankovic did say that the Strings Attached tour will only hit North America. It will feature his longtime bandmates Jon “Bermuda” Schwartz, Steve Jay, Jim West and Rubén Valtierra, but this time they’ll be joined by backup singers Lisa Popeil, Monique Donnelly and Scottie Haskell. The three women have sang on many of Yankovic’s studio albums, but have never actually toured with him.

“No, we’re not cramming an orchestra on our bus – it’ll be a different orchestra in every city,” Yankovic wrote. “Sometimes it will be a ‘branded’ local orchestra (like, say, the Colorado Symphony), and other times we’ll basically just be putting together our own orchestra with local musicians. And yes, we’re back to PLAYING THE HITS…but we’ll also throw in a few deeps cuts too (including a couple songs that we’ve never played before – not even on the Ill-Advised Vanity Tour!)”

Yankovic did a test run of this concept in July 2016 when he played the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra.

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There hasn’t been a new “Weird Al” album since’s 2014’s Mandatory Fun, which became his first LP to top the Billboard 200. It was his final obligation to his record company and he is not currently signed to any label. When he spoke to Rolling Stone last year, he said he didn’t have any concrete plans to record new material. “Inspiration could strike tomorrow and I might have something out next month,” he said. “There’s no plan. It’s just going to be whenever it winds up being.”

Here are the complete tour dates:

June 5th – Clearwater, FL @ Ruth Eckerd Hall
June 6th – Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Broward Center for the Performing Arts
June 8th – Melbourne, FL @ Maxwell C. King Center for the Performing Arts
June 9th – St. Augustine, FL @ St. Augustine Amphitheatre
June 10th – Orlando, FL @ Hard Rock Live
June 13th – New Orleans, LA @ Saenger Theatre
June 14th – Irving, TX @ The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory
June 15th – The Woodlands, TX @ Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
June 16th – San Antonio, TX @ Majestic Theatre
June 18th – Austin, TX @ Bass Concert Hall
June 20th – Memphis, TN @ Orpheum Theatre
June 21st – Oklahoma City, OK @ Zoo Amphitheatre
June 22nd – St. Louis, MO @ Fabulous Fox Theatre
June 23rd – Madison, WI @ Overture Center for the Arts
June 25th – Roanoke, VA @ Berglund Performing Arts Theatre
June 27th – Richmond, VA @ Virginia Credit Union LIVE!
June 28th – Simpsonville, SC @ Heritage Park Amphitheatre
June 29th – Nashville, TN @ Ascend Amphitheatre
June 30th – Atlanta, GA @ State Bank Amphitheatre at Chastain Park
July 2nd – Ft. Wayne, IN @ Foellinger Theatre
July 3rd – Kettering, OH @ Fraze Pavilion
July 5th – Rochester Hills, MI @ Meadow Brook Amphitheatre
July 6th – Cleveland, OH @ KeyBank State Theatre at Playhouse Square
July 7th – Pittsburgh, PA @ Benedum Center for the Performing Arts
July 8th – Toronto, ON @ Budweiser Stage
July 11th – Syracuse, NY @ Landmark Theatre
July 12th – Philadelphia, PA @ Metropolitan Opera House
July 13th – Cary, NC @ Koka Booth Amphitheatre
July 14th – Charlotte, NC @ Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre
July 16th – Vienna, VA @ Wolf Trap
July 18th – Gilford, NH @ Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion
July 19th – Mashantucket, CT @ Foxwoods Resort Casino
July 20th – New York, NY @ Forest Hills Stadium
July 21st – Boston, MA @ Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
July 23rd – Lewiston, NY @ Artpark Amphitheatre
July 26th – Grand Rapids, MI @ DeVos Performance Hall
July 27th – Milwaukee, WI @ Miller High Life Theatre
July 28th – Highland Park, IL @ Ravinia Festival
July 30th – Cedar Rapids, IA @ McGrath Amphitheatre
July 31st – Lincoln, NE @ Pinewood Bowl Theater
August 1st – Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre
August 3rd – Phoenix, AZ @ Comerica Theatre
August 4th – San Diego, CA @ San Diego Civic Theatre
August 7th – Las Vegas, NV @ The Smith Center for the Performing Arts
August 8th – Costa Mesa, CA @ Pacific Amphitheatre
August 9th – Berkeley, CA @ Greek Theatre
August 10th – Los Angeles, CA @ Greek Theatre
August 11th – Sacramento, CA @ Memorial Auditorium
August 13th – Wenatchee, WA @ Town Toyota Center
August 14th – Troutdale, OR @ Edgefield
August 16th – Seattle, WA @ Paramount Theatre
August 17th – Seattle, WA @ Paramount Theatre
August 19th – Vancouver, BC @ Queen Elizabeth Theatre
August 21st – Victoria, BC @ Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre
August 22nd – Abbotsford, BC @ Abbotsford Centre
August 24th – Calgary, AB @ Jack Singer Concert Hall
August 25th – Billings, MT @ Rimrock Auto Arena
August 26th – Bismarck, ND @ Bismarck Event Center
August 29th – Indianapolis, IN @ Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn at White River State Park
August 30th – Peoria, IL @ Peoria Civic Center
August 31st – Kansas City, MO @ Starlight Theatre
September 1st – North Little Rock, AR @ Verizon Arena


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