MODESTO – “Weird Al” Yankovic, the biggest selling comedy recording artist of all time, will make a stop in Modesto as part of his Alpocalypse tour at the Gallo Center for the Arts on Wednesday, Nov. 9, at 8 p.m.
Tickets range from $19 to $69. A 15% discount is available for groups of 15 or more. For tickets and more information, visit www.galloarts.org or call (209) 338-2100.
Few would have guessed that Yankovic, who as an awkward, accordion-playing teenager got his start sending homemade tapes to the Dr. Demento Radio Show, would go on to enjoy a varied and successful career that is now entering its fourth decade. Over that time he’s won 3 Grammys (with 12 nominations), racked up 31 Gold and Platinum Albums, and won countless awards and accolades for Weird Al classics like “Eat It,” “Like a Surgeon,” “Fat,” “Smells Like Nirvana,” “Amish Paradise” and “The Saga Begins.” Yankovic is also well-known for his cult-hit feature film UHF (1989), his late ‘90s CBS Saturday morning series The Weird Al Show and the numerous AL-TV specials that he’s made for MTV and VH1 over the years. With the recent release of his children’s book When I Grow Up (HarperCollins), Yankovic now adds “New York Times Bestselling Author” to his resume.
Alpocalypse, his most recent album released in June 2011, features parodies of Miley Cyrus (“Party In the CIA”) Taylor Swift (“TMZ”), B.o.B Featuring Bruno Mars (“Another Tattoo”) and T.I. (“Whatever You Like”). The album’s requisite polka medley – “Polka Face” – features accordion-driven versions of songs by the biggest artists of the day, including Justin Bieber, Ke$ha, Britney Spears, P!nk, Lady Antebellum, Katy Perry and of course, Lady Gaga.