Weird Al Yankovic is coming to Minnesota for his 2018 North American tour – and playing three shows.
It's not going to be a normal Weird Al show though. People have come to expect performances like this:
Fun costumes, dancing, big bright screens, and Weird Al doing his theatrical thing.
But that will not be the case next year for the Ridiculously Self-Indulgent, Ill-Advised Vanity Tour.
"I decided we should try something different, just for a change of pace. So next year we’re scaling way, way back. No costumes, no props, no video screens, no computer servers. We’re just going to walk out on stage, sit down on stools, and play a bunch of old songs," Weird Al wrote in a Facebook announcement.
You also shouldn't expect to hear the hits – "White and Nerdy," "Like a Surgeon," "The Saga Begins," "Amish Paradise," "Eat It," etc. Weird Al said the plan is to play "almost exclusively originals," meaning none of those famous covers.
"The deep cuts and obscure tracks. The songs that were never hits. The ones you barely remember," he continued.
So if you're interested in a toned-down, low-key version of Weird Al, here's when he's playing Minnesota:
- April 2 – Mayo Civic Center Presentation Hall, Rochester
- April 3 – Pantages Theatre, Minneapolis
- April 4 – Pantages Theatre, Minneapolis
Other dates in the region include Des Moines on March 31, Milwaukee on April 10, Fargo on June 6, Clear Lake, Iowa, on June 9, and Green Bay on June 10.
He'll also have an opening act: comedian Emo Phillips.
Tickets go on sale to the general public at noon on Friday, Oct. 20. There are some presales Wednesday for "verified fans" and VIP packages. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster.