“Weird Al” Yankovic is headed back to Milwaukee and he's bringing comedian Emo Philips with him.
The two perform May 24, 2022 at Marcus Performing Arts Center. Tickets go on sale Dec. 10 at 10 a.m.
It's been nearly four years since Yankovic's "Ridiculously Self-Indulgent, Ill-Advised Vanity Tour," and now he's back with "The Unfortunate Return of the Ridiculously Self-Indulgent, Ill-Advised Vanity Tour, which kicks off April 23 and runs for six months. The last gig in the 133-show tour will be at no less than Carnegie Hall.
Yankovic's last show here was in 2019 at The Miller High Life Theater.
"Weird Al" will perform material from his 14 studio albums and has promised a different set list every night.
According to a statement, "As before, rather than focusing on the hits from his career, the show will feature Yankovic’s non-parody material – the somewhat more obscure pastiches and original songs that have largely escaped the pop culture radar but are adored by his long-time fans. And like the last Vanity Tour, he will be playing smaller, more intimate venues, leaving behind the high-octane theatrics that he’s known for and going bare-bones – no costumes, no props, no video screens… just Al and his band of almost four decades hanging out on stage, playing music."
You'll just have to sing "My Bologna" in the shower with you scrub brush mic, folks.
“I’ve loved doing every single incarnation of my live show, but honestly the Vanity tour is the most fun I’ve ever had on stage," said Yankovic, "so I’ve been dying to get back out there and torture everybody with it once again!”
Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., where he lived until he was 17, Bobby received his BA-Mass Communications from UWM in 1989 and has lived in Walker's Point, Bay View, Enderis Park, South Milwaukee and on the East Side.
He has published three non-fiction books in Italy – including one about an event in Milwaukee history, which was published in the U.S. in autumn 2010. Four more books, all about Milwaukee, have been published by The History Press.
With his most recent band, The Yell Leaders, Bobby released four LPs and had a songs featured in episodes of TV's "Party of Five" and "Dawson's Creek," and films in Japan, South America and the U.S. The Yell Leaders were named the best unsigned band in their region by VH-1 as part of its Rock Across America 1998 Tour. Most recently, the band contributed tracks to a UK vinyl/CD tribute to the Redskins and collaborated on a track with Italian novelist Enrico Remmert.
He's produced three installments of the "OMCD" series of local music compilations for OnMilwaukee.com and in 2007 produced a CD of Italian music and poetry.
In 2005, he was awarded the City of Asti's (Italy) Journalism Prize for his work focusing on that area. He has also won awards from the Milwaukee Press Club.
He can be heard weekly on 88Nine Radio Milwaukee talking about his "Urban Spelunking" series of stories.