FOLSOM — His full name is Alfred Matthew Yankovic — more accurately known as “Weird Al” Yankovic — and the multi-Grammy Award winner brings his inspired lunacy to Three Stages this August as part of his Alpocalypse tour.
“He’s the biggest selling comedy recording artist of all time — touring behind his first full length album in nearly five years — and he’s coming to Three Stages for not one, not two, but three shows,” Three Stages Executive Director Dave Pier noted. “It’s going to be crazy … crazy fun.”
Few would have guessed that Yankovic, who as a shy, accordion-playing teenager got his start sending in homemade tapes to the Dr. Demento Radio Show, would go on to sell more than 12 million album sales. Now entering his fourth career decade, he has won three Grammys (with 14 nominations) and won countless awards and accolades for Weird Al classics like “Eat It,” “Like a Surgeon,” “Fat,” “Smells Like Nirvana,” “Amish Paradise” and “The Saga Begins.” Yankovic is also 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.
“Have you ever seen Weird Al? No? Well, let me try to explain. He plays for two hours. He plays about 65 songs. He has about 20 costume changes. He assumes two dozen personas, and shows just as many funny fake interview clips between songs. He’s nonstop, and it’s nuts, and his crowd is nuts, and then he plays some songs about Yoda and it’s all over, and like any good fast-paced comedy show, it’s hard to remember what just happened.” — City Sound Inertia
“Alpocalypse” was released on June 21, 2011, charting at No. 9 Billboard — the highest debut of his storied career. The first single from the album is the Lady Gaga parody “Perform This Way.” Yankovic directed the video clip for “Perform This Way,” and his proceeds from the single and video were donated to the Human Rights Campaign. “Alpocalypse” has been nominated for two Grammy Awards for the 2012 ceremonies — for Best Comedy Album and Best Short Form Video for the “Perform This Way” Music Video.
“Weird Al” Yankovic — The Alpocalypse Tour will perform in Three Stages at 8 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 10; 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11. Tickets are $39 to $55 with premium tickets available for $65; they are available online at threestages.net or from the Three Stages ticket office at (916) 608-6888 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and two hours before show time. Three Stages is located on the west side of Folsom Lake College campus in Folsom, facing East Bidwell Street.