"Weird Al" Yankovic will tour North America in 2019, backed with a full symphony orchestra. In contrast to Yankovic's recent low-key "Ridiculously Self-Indulgent, Ill-Advised Vanity Tour," the 2019 "Strings Attached" tour will be his "most full-blow, over-the-top extravaganza ever." Costumes, props, and a large video screen will be included on the set.
"No, we’re not cramming an orchestra on our bus -- it’ll be a different orchestra in every city," Yankovic wrote in an Instagram post:
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Two weeks from today – Monday, Nov. 12 – we’ll be announcing the dates for my 2019 tour, which we’re calling Strings Attached. We’re going directly from my most scaled-down, low-key show ever (this year’s Ridiculously Ill-Advised Vanity Tour) to my most full-blown, over-the-top extravaganza ever. Not only are we bringing back the costumes and the props and the big video screen, but also… every single night we’ll be performing with a FULL SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA. For real. No, we’re not cramming an orchestra on our bus – it’ll be a different orchestra in every city. Sometimes it will be a “branded” local orchestra (like, say, the Colorado Symphony), and other times we’ll basically just be putting together our own orchestra with local musicians. And yes, we’re back to PLAYING THE HITS… but we’ll also throw in a few deeps cuts too (including a couple songs that we’ve never played before – not even on the Ill-Advised Vanity Tour!) Of course it’ll be the same amazing band as always – Jim, Steve, Ruben and Bermuda – plus, for the first time ever we’ll be touring with female background singers (Lisa Popeil, Monique Donnelly and Scottie Haskell – incredible vocalists who have appeared on many of my studio recordings). I think it’s really going to be a special show, and I can’t wait to get started! I’m not allowed to say much else about it before the 12th, but I will say that it’s basically a 3-month summer tour, and yes, we’ll be playing a bunch of places that we didn’t get around to on the last one (hello, Vancouver, Las Vegas, and the entire state of Florida!) But sadly, I’m afraid that, once again, it’s just a North American tour – hopefully we’ll hit Australia, Europe, and other parts of the world some other time. Anyway, tickets go on sale Friday, Nov. 16 at 11:00 AM Eastern… all dates and info will be on weirdal.com. Hope to see you on the road next year!
Dates for the tour won't be announced until Nov. 12. Be sure to check back here to see if Weird Al will accompany a local orchestra near you!
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Article image: Weird Al Yanovic at the Apollo, March 23, 2018. (slgckgc [CC BY-SA 2.0] via Wikimedia Commons.)