Weird Al Yankovic Brings His Strings Attached Tour to The Greek

This tour promises a return to classic Yankovic form — the biggest, most overblown, gimmick-heavy outing yet … complete with full orchestra.


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The don of wacky, Weird Al Yankovic, brings his peculiar blend of hilarious parody to Berkeley as part of his Strings Attached tour.

Weird Al has been delighting audiences with his unfailing comedy formula of rewriting popular hits to be about food or TV shows since a teenage Yankovic recorded his first accordion ditties in 1976 and submitted them to novelty music radio show Dr. Demento. But far from a one-hit wonder, Yankovic has endured on the music scene far longer than some of the musicians he’s mocked.

 The key to his longevity is Yankovic’s wit — biting but never cruel — and his knack for twisting familiar riffs just enough that they’re still recognizable, even when gussied up as accordion-heavy polkas. Yankovic has ribbed artists as diverse as Madonna, Michael Jackson, and Lady Gaga.

 His last tour, 2018’s Ridiculously Self-Indulgent, Ill-Advised Vanity Tour, saw Yankovic trying for a more informal, less wacky feel as he played only in small intimate theaters — a deliberate break with his usual flamboyant, special-effects-and-costume heavy stunt performances and a subtle spoof of his own irreverent image. But Weird Al’s current Strings Attached tour promises a return to classic Yankovic form — the biggest, most overblown, gimmick-heavy outing yet … complete with full orchestra.

Fri., Aug. 9, 8 p.m., $45-$145, The Greek Theater, 2001 Gayley Road, Berkeley, TheGreekBerkeley.com.

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