“Weird Al” Yankovic with Queens Symphony Orchestra
Saturday, July 20
Tickets On Sale Friday, November 16 at 10am EST
Forest Hills Stadium (ForestHillsStadium.com), the legendary sporting and entertainment venue located in the idyllic Queens, New York neighborhood of Forest Hills, has added a performance by “Weird Al” Yankovic with Queens Symphony Orchestra on Saturday, July 20, 2019. “Weird Al” Yankovic with Queens Symphony Orchestra is the second announcement from the upcoming 2019 season, following an evening with one of the most buzzed-about new rock bands today, Greta Van Fleet on Saturday, May 25.
“Weird Al” will be playing the hits and classics on his Strings Attached tour, a high-energy, rock and comedy show featuring costumes, props, a video wall, and - for the first time - an entire symphony orchestra.
“I wanted to follow up my most bare-bones tour ever with my most elaborate and extravagant tour ever,” shared Al. “We’re pulling out all the stops for this one.”
Tickets will be available to the public starting Friday, November 16 at 10am EST. For more information, visit ForestHillsStadium.com. Forest Hills Stadium is conveniently located just steps from the E, M, F, R subway trains at Forest Hills-71st Ave as well as the Forest Hills Long Island Rail Road station.
“Weird Al” Yankovic is the biggest-selling comedy recording artist in history, earning four Grammys and fifteen career nominations. He is best known for his hilariously irreverent parodies of hit songs, including “Eat It,” “Like A Surgeon,” “Smells Like Nirvana,” “Amish Paradise,” “White & Nerdy,” and “Tacky." Yankovic’s 14th studio album Mandatory Fun (2014) made headlines when it became the first comedy album in history to debut at #1 on the Billboard Top 200 Album chart, and the first comedy album to even reach the top of that chart in over 50 years. The single “Word Crimes” debuted in the Billboard Top 40, making Al one of only four artists to have had Top 40 singles in each of the last four decades (the other three being Michael Jackson, Madonna and U2). He recently received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
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Weird Al Yankovic:
The foremost song parodist of the MTV era, "Weird Al" Yankovic carried the torch of musical humor more proudly and more successfully than any performer since Allan Sherman. In the world of novelty records -- a genre noted for its extensive back catalog of flashes-in-the-pan and one-hit wonders -- Yankovic was king, scoring smash after smash over the course of an enduring career which found him topically mocking everything from new wave to gangsta rap.
Ultimately, much of Yankovic's success resulted from his skilled use of music video, a medium not available in the era of Spike Jones or Allan Sherman; suddenly, not only could records themselves serve as parody fodder, but their video clips were ripe for satire as well. Additionally, MTV firmly established Yankovic's public persona; sporting garish Hawaiian shirts, frizzy hair, and an arsenal of goofy mannerisms, he cut a distinctly bizarre figure which he consistently exploited to maximum comic effect. After Michael Jackson's "Beat It" became the most acclaimed video in the medium's brief history, Yankovic recorded "Eat It" for his sophomore effort, 1984's "Weird" Al Yankovic in 3-D; the "Eat It" video, which mocked the "Beat It" clip scene-for-scene, became an MTV smash, and the Grammy-winning single reached the Top 15.
After an extended period of silence, he returned in 1992 with Off the Deep End, which featured the Top 40 hit "Smells Like Nirvana," a send-up of Nirvana's landmark single "Smells Like Teen Spirit." After 1993's Alapalooza, he resurfaced in 1996 with Bad Hair Day, his highest-charting record to date thanks to the success of the single "Amish Paradise," a takeoff of the Coolio hit "Gangsta's Paradise." The follow-up, Running with Scissors, appeared in 1999, with Poodle Hat landing in 2003. Straight Outta Lynwood appeared in 2006 with the single "White & Nerdy," a suburban parody of Chamillionaire's hit "Ridin."
Yankovic has completed his thirteenth studio album. The new album, titled Alpocalypse, will be his first studio album since Straight Outta Lynwood, and a release date has been set for June 21, 2011. The album will contain the five songs from the previous Internet Leaks digital download release, a polka mix called "Polka Face", a song called "TMZ" which will be set to music video animated by Bill Plympton, and five other new songs.