Puyallup, WA - May 23, 2003 - With a new album, Poodle Hat, hitting
the stores mid-May 2003, "Weird Al" Yankovic is capturing America's lighter side - and receiving a resounding response. His nationwide tour, aptly named the Poodle Hat Tour is reaching every corner of the country, including a performance at the Puyallup Fair.
"Weird Al" Yankovic will take the stage at the Puyallup Fair's 2003 Columbia Bank Concert Series on Tuesday, Sept. 9 at 7 p.m. Tickets go on sale at all Ticketmaster outlets on Saturday, May 31 at noon.
Ticket prices are $10 for infield, reserved seats, and grandstand seating is free on a first-come, first-seated basis. All those attending the "Weird Al" performance must also purchase a Fair gate admission ticket.
The Poodle Hat album features parodies of hits by Eminem,
Nelly, Avril Lavigne, Backstreet Boys and Billy Joel, as well as a polka medley that includes songs by Papa Roach, System Of A Down, The Vines, The Hives, The White Stripes, The Strokes, Disturbed, Rage Against The Machine, Limp Bizkit, Staind, Kid Rock, and P.O.D. There's half a dozen new original tunes too, including homages to Bob Dylan and Frank Zappa.
This legendary parody master performed a song from his new
album on The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn on the late night of May 21st. "Weird Al" recently made a cameo appearance on The Simpsons, singing "Homer & Marge" (a parody of John Mellencamp's "Jack & Diane"). His voice also popped up on some other animated shows, including Grim & Evil, Lilo & Stitch, and The Brak Show. "Weird Al" has also interviewed for a wide a range of television shows, such as "VH1 Goes Inside The American Music
Awards," "VH1's 100 Greatest Rock & Roll TV Moments," and A & E's
"Biography" on Billy Barty.
The saga of Weird Al began in 1979 in the acoustically perfect bathroom across the hall from the radio station at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo where, as a young college disc jockey, he recorded "My Bologna," a spoof of The Knack's "My Sharona." A devoted student of musical satirists Spike Jones, Tom Lehrer, Allan Sherman and Stan Freberg, Yankovic's budding career took off when the song became a smash hit on radio's nationally syndicated "Dr. Demento" show, where he subsequently recorded his live version of "Another One Rides The Bus" (to Queen's "Another One Bites The Dust").
He landed his first recording contract a few years later and has since
created an extraordinary legacy of music and videos, including "Ricky," "I Love Rocky Road," "Eat It," "I Lost On Jeopardy," "Like A Surgeon," "Yoda" (his first Star Wars parody), "Fat," "Smells Like Nirvana," "Jurassic Park" and "Bedrock Anthem."
In 1996 came Yankovic's highest-charting, best-selling album to date, Bad Hair Day. Reaching No. 14, the album remained on the Billboard Top 200 for 56 weeks, and sold almost 2 million copies. Bad Hair Day included Al's "Amish Paradise," a send-up of Coolio's "Gangsta's Paradise," and "Gump" (to the tune of "Lump" by the Presidents of the United States of America. He continued to meet that challenge head on with Running With Scissors.
Applying rap braggadocio to the computer world, Al broke new ground with "It's All About The Pentiums" (spoofing Puff Daddy's "It's All About The Benjamins"). He took the Cherry Poppin' Daddies" swing anthem "Zoot Suit Riot" and transforms it into "Grapefruit Diet," the natural follow-up to such smash gastronomic hits as "Fat" and "Eat It." In addition to helming his own videos for most of the last decade, Al has recently found the time to direct videos for such artists as The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Hanson and The Black Crowes.
Tickets will be going on sale for the remainder of the
Puyallup Fair 2003 Columbia Bank Concert Series line-up in the next few months. Visit the Fair website, www.thefair.com for updates. Other concerts currently selling tickets include:
Date Entertainer Time Seating
Sept. 5 (Fri) PRCA Rodeo 1:00 p.m. $15.50
Chris LeDoux & PRCA Rodeo 6:00 p.m. $24.50
Sept. 6 (Sat) PRCA Rodeo 1 & 6 p.m. $15.50
Sept. 7 (Sun) PRCA Rodeo 2:00 p.m. $15.50
Sept. 9 (Tues) "Weird Al" Yankovic 7:00 p.m. *$10/Free
Sept. 10 (Wed) Chicago 7:00 p.m. $37.50/$32.50
Sept. 11 (Thur) Jars of Clay plus Special Guest 7:00 p.m. *10/Free
Sept. 14 (Sun) Neil Sedaka 4:00 p.m. *$10 / Free
Sept. 17 (Wed) Alabama 7:00 p.m. $500 - $45
Sept. 21 (Sun) The Allman Brothers Band 4:00 p.m. $36.50/$31.50
* Shows that are $10/Free DO NOT INCLUDE Fair gate admission. Concerts with free grandstand seating are first come, first-seated, as there are no tickets issued for free seating.
Tickets are available at all Ticketmaster outlets, including Fred Meyer, Tower Records, Wherehouse Music and other independent locations. Tickets may also be purchased via phone with American Express, Visa, MasterCard, or Discover credit cards by calling Ticketmaster at (253) 627-TIXS in Tacoma, or (206) 628-0888 in Seattle, or via the Internet by logging onto Ticketmaster's website at www.ticketmaster.com. To save the convenience charge, purchase tickets in person at the Ticketmaster outlet at the Fairgrounds.
The Puyallup Fair first started in 1900. This Pacific Northwest
tradition features top name entertainment, the PRCA Rodeo, rides, exhibits, food, flowers, and animals. For further information about the Sept. 5-21, 2003 Puyallup Fair, visit our website at www.thefair.com or call the 24-hour hotline at (253) 841-5045.