Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Weird Al-buquerque

Weird Al and his band, 4/30/12
Dorine and I went to the Weird Al Yankovic concert in the Kiva Auditorium at the Albuquerque Convention Center on Monday, April 30, 2012.  (See the attached, unfortunately lousy photo that I took with my phone camera -- trust me, Al really is in it somewhere.)  The concert tickets were sort of a birthday present for me, and, as it turned out, it was one of the best birthday presents I've ever gotten.  I've long regarded Yankovic as a comedic genius, but this concert made clear that he is also a great live entertainer; he and his band (which consists of the same guys he's been playing with for what seems like forever) put a lot into the show, and in no way did they disappoint.  I won't even try to list all the old favorites they played (they packed about ten classics into one medley), but the fact that Al went through at least a dozen costume changes -- including one into his iconic "Fat" outfit -- is a good indication of the concert's entertainment value.  My favorite bits were (a) what seemed like an extended version of "Wanna B Ur Lovr," in which Al, dressed in a tiger-striped "lounge lizard" suit, went out in the auditorium and did a bump-and-grind (all in ironically good fun, of course) with various female audience members, and (b) the Doors parody "Craigslist" (see video below).  And, although Al didn't do the full version of "Albuquerque" -- really, how could he? -- he closed his encore with parts of it, which impressed me and showed how much he cares about his fans.  I'd recommend seeing him live to anyone!

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Kiley and Sam's Photo - "Wanna B Ur Lovr"
[Update 5/6/12: Unbeknownst to Dorine and me, Kiley and Sam also attended the concert and, in fact, had much-better seats than we did.  Above is a photo they took of Al during "Wanna B Ur Lovr."]