“Weird Al” Yankovic
WhiteLies TV Lawn at White River State Park
A “Weird Al” Yankovic concert has to bridge the gap between generations, entertaining young and old alike. More than 25 years after his debut, the master of parody is still proving he can do just that.
It explains why tweeners and even younger were in attendance with adults who probably still own “Eat It” on vinyl. For the kids, Yankovic offered sheer lunacy — the kind that was a staple on his Saturday-morning TV show — and sight gags like wearing a ballerina’s tutu during his spoof of James Blunt’s “You’re Beautiful.” Adults, meanwhile, could enjoy the double entendres inherent in Yankovic’s original tune “Wanna B Ur Lovr,” which is a series of bad pickup lines.
Yankovic is as famous for being visual as he is musical, and the former was a big part of his show. Besides more costume changes than Cher on a shopping spree (making songs such as “Fat” and “Amish Paradise” indelible spectacles), there was Al TV, once a staple on MTV before the M became ironic. While Yankovic and band were prepping for the next song, a big screen showed him conducting fake interviews with celebrities. Eminem was trounced for his grammatical negatives and refusing to allow Yankovic to mock his “Lose Yourself” video. But Yankovic saved his most razor-sharp scorn for Kevin Federline (one memorable question being, “How does it feel to have a closet full of wife-beaters and no wife?”).
While the standalone parodies were perfectly executed, the band really showed their mettle on a medley of them. What started as Yankovic’s spoof of “Lose Yourself” quickly gave way to snippets of everything from Taylor Hicks’ “Do I Make You Proud” to Avril Lavigne’s “Complicated” and The Offspring’s “Pretty Fly for a White Guy,” here “Pretty Fly for a Rabbi.”
“Trapped in the Drive-Thru,” a rip on R. Kelly’s “Trapped in the Closet,” also graced the pastiche. Though it’s just as rambling as the R&B singer’s original, it’s also a spot-on conversation typical in any amorous relationship. Even the Zeppelin-on-the-radio interlude was perfectly executed live.