The pictures are still on my husband's camera (yeah, we're a little old school like that, but we split pictures and videos up between the camera and phones...always have some if something happens to your tech).
While it was a sold out show at the Ferguson Center for the Performing Arts in Newport News, VA, there were some empty seats. Several, in fact, such a bummer for those people!
While we were going to our seats, there was a sea of Hawaiian shirts and aluminium foil hats. There was even a girl dressed like Al from the "Amish Paradise" video. I wasn't sure if I was at a concert or at a con. It was fantastic!
But holy hell, man, it's not just a concert: Weird Al does costume changes and in during those changes, the big screen behind the band shows lots of funny clips of things he's done, or been mentioned in, over the years.
And anytime he picked up the accordion, the audience went nuts.
I hoped to see him perform "Smells Like Nirvana" and "Tacky." My husband was hoping for the older stuff, like "Fat," "I Lost on Jeopardy," and "Amish Paradise." We both really wanted to see "White and Nerdy."
He even did "Another One Rides the Bus" which just about sent me over the edge, because it's one of his first songs.
But the night was really capped off by two performances: him playing the accordion to his remake of a Billy Joel song, about Spider-Man, and the encore of "The Saga Begins," in which he had Darth Vader and stormtroopers out on stage with him, courtesy of the local 501st Legion...and the stormtroopers even danced. The trooper to the left of Vader had himself a little Left Shark moment there. And "The Saga Begins" probably had more people singing along to it than any other song.
In a way, Weird Al is in the same category, for me, as Huey Lewis and Billy Joel. They've all been performing for so long, that they could each have played for an extra hour, and you still wouldn't have heard everything you wanted to hear. Personally, I love his original songs too, and would have liked to hear "Trigger Happy" or "Airline Amy" as well.
But, it was damn near magical! The complete geek in me went home satisfied. I did ask my husband if he ever thought he'd be a Weird Al concert. He said no. :) I told him I never thought I'd go to a Motley Crue concert either, so in a way, we're even.
Lame Claim to Fame
Now That's What I Call Polka!
Perform This Way
Dare to Be Stupid
First World Problems
Smells Like Nirvana
Party in the CIA / It's All About the Pentiums / Handy
White and Nerdy
We All Have Cell Phones / The Saga Begins