Weird Al Yankovic played the Greek Theatre Saturday, Sept. 19th for the first time since 2007 on the “Straight Outta Lynwood,” tour. All summer, Weird Al has been on the road in tour of his album “Mandatory Fun,” which was released last year. The setlist included almost the whole album with “Handy,” “First World Problems,” “Lame Claim To Fame,” “Foil,” “Word Crimes,” “Now That’s What I Call Polka,” “Inactive,” and “Tacky.” For this show there was no opener, just 2 hours of Weird Al. At 8:02 the band the came out and started playing an intro which led into “Tacky” as a video showing Weird Al walking through the dressing rooms and around the courtyard to the front row then onstage was shown on the big screens. The band was dressed in their normal outfits with Al wearing his traditional Hawaiian shirt.
In between songs there were video segments shown to allow time for wardrobe changes. The video content came from various music videos, movie, and TV appearances Al has done over the years. While the band was offstage the crowd was still laughing with the great video montages throughout the night. Not only did Al get dressed up with, but the whole band as well. For those who don’t know this, Al has had the same band since his 2nd album ”Weird Al Yankovic in 3-D,” which was his first album to have a band. This band of Jim “Kimo” West (Guitar), Steve Jay ( Bass), and Jon “Bermuda” Schwartz has been on all of Weird Al’s albums, tours, and music videos since 1984. In 1993 Al added keyboardist Ruben Valtierra who has been a member since.
On “Perform This Way,” the band had the craziest outfits of the night to fit the Lady Gaga theme. For a number of the songs, the music video was shown on the screen. The first throwback of the night was the title track to “Dare To Be Stupid.” The next song was one of the biggest highlights as it being one Al’s biggest songs and videos. To start off “Fat,” the parody of Michael Jackson’s “Bad,” the intro to the music video was shown with the crowd reciting the lines like “Yo homeboy, where you been man,” “Want a piece of pizza, think I got an extra pizza around here somewhere.” Then Al came out in the outfit just like the one in the video. Another great highlight was “Smells Like Nirvana,” and Al did the gargling solo on it and the band was dressed up just like they were in the video.
The next part was a medley of “Party In the CIA,” It’s All About the Pentiums / Handy / Bedrock Anthem / Another One Rides the Bus / Ode to a Superhero / Gump / Inactive / eBay / Canadian Idiot. Following was “Wanna Be Ur Lover,” which Al had a crazy red suit on for and during the song he walked right through the crowd audience singing in some of the audience’s faces. Next, Al put on his Robin Thicke inspired suit for “Word Crimes,” which had all the words to song up on the screen. The end the set before the encore was “Amish Paradise,” which of course the band was dressed up just like in the music video for the song. One thing about a Weird Al show is the people that go actually know his music, not just the hits, which could be seen by some of the outfits people wore and how the crowd seemed to know the words to nearly every song. On “White And Nerdy,” Al came out on a Segway which was another great part of the show. The 2nd medley was Eat It / I Lost on Jeopardy / I Love Rocky Road / Like a Surgeon which were performed acoustically in a MTV Unplugged like stage set up.
The first song of the encore was a short song called “We All Have Cell Phones,” which was made up in one of the earlier video segments. To kick off the final songs the stage went dark and the spotlight was on keyboardist Ruben Valtierra as he dressed like Emperor Palpatine from Star Wars playing an intro. The stage was lit up to look like a star system. Then out came a lineup of Stormtroopers and Darth Vader himself. The band came out with their Jedi robes on to play the “Saga Begins,” the song that Al released at the time of Episode 1: The Phantom Menace which predicted everything that would happen in all 3 prequels. The Stormtroopers showed off their dance moves and Al sang to Vader at one point. The final song of the night was “Yoda.” This was the last show of the U.S. tour before their European tour which started in Stockholm, Sweden.