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"WEIRD AL" YANKOVIC
Friday August 8, 2008 St. Charles Family Arena, St. Charles

After a period of people filing into the area (or at least the third of it bveing used for the concert) and some announcements, tenstion erupted when "welcome to the Fun Zone" and a video montage got the show underway. Starting with "Polkarama" Al and his band kicked things into a multimedia journey combining his parodies and originals with video segues, costumes, and musical styles ranging from rock (the original "Close But No Cigar") to rap ("Amish Paradise") onward. With tongues firmly in cheek, they took no prisoners as everyone from Green Day to Michael Jackson were sent up during the show. It's a journey that's interesting as Al and company take unexpected turns (I wasn't expecting the brief snippet "I'm In Love With The Skipper" sung from Gilligan's viewpoint) but remains hilarious in this send up of pop culture. Eventually it went to "White and Nerdy" and "Fat" to end the night...or so we thought.

After a brief period of people wanting more the band returned to the stage and offered up "Albuquerque," a 13 minute stream of consciousness piece that, while funny, is somewhat surreal and hard to explain without listening to it (and even then may have you scratching your head). Still, it added to the fun of the night as the audience fed off of this to bring the evening to a close.

ONce the show ended I headed over to the merch table to see what was available. Then it was the hassles of getting out of the parking lot (realizing that I REALLY REALLY needed to et gas) and heading elsewhere. I still was uncertain if the Dollyrots show the next day was going to happen or not (see review in print issue for the answer to that) so things were a little up in the air. Still, "Weird Al's" show was hella fun and a great way to get my mind off the way too many troubles and stresses I had to deal with.

- Boone

All contents this page (C) 2009 - Boone Stigall/The Trouble With Normal

All contents on this page (C) 2009 - Boone Stigall/The Trouble With Normal