Earlier this week, “Weird Al” Yankovic and his band wrapped up their Ridiculously Self-Indulgent, Ill-Advised Vanity Tour. They played 77 shows to sold-out venues all across North America between February 27 and June 10, 2018. The tour was unique because it featured no costumes, props, or video screens. It also showcased Al’s original material, not his parodies.
Having seen the tour myself when he stopped in Ivins, UT, I can say that it was one of my favorite shows “Weird Al” has done. (And if you know me, you know that I know what I’m talking about. I have what some have described as “a problem.”) I like Al’s original songs a lot better than I like his parodies, so it was a lot of fun to see a (mostly) parody-free show.
But just because Al’s original material was featured, don’t think that each of the songs that the band played was original. The encore section of every single show kicked off with a different cover song. The songs ranged from classic rock and punk to 1970s soft rock. The band never performed the same song twice giving his band (Jim “Kimo” West on guitar, Steve Jay on bass, Ruben Valtierra on keyboards, Jon “Bermuda” Schwartz on drums) the opportunity to showcase their incredible talent.
Now that the tour is complete, you can watch a compilation video containing snippets of every one of these cover songs! Check it out above and let us know your thoughts in the comments below!
Also, if you’re bummed that you missed out on the tour when it came to your city, starting June 24, you’ll be able to stream EVERY SINGLE SHOW through Stitcher Premium!