‘Weird Al’ Yankovic coming to St. Augustine

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GRAMMY-winning comedy legend “Weird Al” Yankovic brings “The Mandatory World Tour” to the stage June 11 at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre.

Tickets go on sale to the general public this Friday, Feb. 26 at 10 a.m.

‘WEIRD AL YANKOVIC’

Following his successful 2015 tour, four-time GRAMMY-winning artist announced the continuation of his “Mandatory World Tour” in 2016.

This year’s tour, beginning in June, will see Yankovic bringing his high-energy comedy rock show to an additional 79 cities across North America, including his stop at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre on June 11.

“I’ve decided to do the ‘Mandatory World Tour’ for one more year, after learning that some people didn’t make it out to the show this last time around. Apparently, they don’t know the meaning of the word mandatory,” says Yankovich.

Few would have guessed that Yankovic, who got his start sending in homemade tapes to the Dr. Demento Radio Show as a teen, would go on to become the biggest-selling comedy recording artist in history with over 12 million albums sold.

Yankovic has won four GRAMMYs (with 14 nominations) and countless awards and accolades for classics like “Eat It,” “Like a Surgeon,” “Fat,” “Smells Like Nirvana,” “Amish Paradise” and “The Saga Begins.” His 2011 album “Alpocalypse” debuted in the Billboard Top 10, and was nominated for two GRAMMY Awards (Best Comedy Album and Best Short Form Video).

In addition to his recordings and world-famous music videos, Yankovic is well-known for his cult-hit feature film UHF (1989), his late ‘90s CBS Saturday morning series “The Weird Al Show” and the numerous AL-TV specials that he’s made for MTV and VH1 over the years. His 2006 album “Straight Outta Lynwood” spawned the Billboard Top 10 single “White & Nerdy,” the video for which spent two months at No. 1 on iTunes and garnered over 150 million hits on the Internet.

Since then, Yankovic released his greatest hits package “The Essential ‘Weird Al’ Yankovic,” wrote, starred in and directed the themed attraction “Al’s Brain: A 3-D Journey through the Human Brain,” and attracted several million followers on social media.

With the release of his children’s book “When I Grow Up,” Yankovic added “New York Times Bestselling Author” to his resume.

Yankovic released his 14th studio album “Mandatory Fun: in July of 2015. The album features parodies of some of the biggest hits of the past year, including Pharrell Williams’ “Happy” (“Tacky”), Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” (“Word Crimes”), Lorde’s “Royals” (“Foil”), Iggy Azalea’s “Fancy” (“Handy”) and Imagine Dragons’ “Radioactive” (“Inactive”). The album also features several inspired originals and pastiches along with Yankovic’s latest accordion-fueled medley, “NOW That’s What I Call Polka!”

“Mandatory Fun” debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 album chart. This is the first time that a comedy album has debuted at #1 on the chart in history, and the first time that a comedy album has reached the top of the chart in over 50 years. It was also Al’s personal best sales week ever, as well as the largest sales week for any comedy album since 1994.

On Spotify, Yankovic set the U.S. record for having the most tracks from one album in the viral top 10 at one time, taking the first 4 spots. In addition, “Word Crimes” debuted in the Billboard Top 40, making Al one of only three people to have had Top 40 singles in each of the last four decades (the other two are Michael Jackson and Madonna).

Tickets for “Weird Al” Yankovic — The Mandatory World Tour go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre and Ponte Vedra Concert Hall box offices, ticketmaster.com, all TicketMaster outlets and by phone at 800-745-3000.

 

SHOW: “Weird Al” Yankovic — The Mandatory World Tour

VENUE: St. Augustine Amphitheatre

DATE: Saturday, June 11, 2016

TIME: Doors 7 p.m. | Show 8 p.m.

TICKET PRICES: $69.50 seated pit | $54 level 100 | $44 level 200 | $39.50 level 300 and Obstructed View

ARTIST’S WEBSITE: www.weirdal.com; www.staugamphitheatre.com