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"Weird Al" Yankovic

"Weird Al" Yankovic, the undisputed top dog of musical parody, returns from a four-year hiatus with a championship collection of all new parodies, original tunes and his signature polka medley on the new CD, Poodle Hat (Way Moby/Volcano). Produced by Al himself (as his albums have been for more than a decade), the disc includes 12 tracks on which the two-time Grammy winner and best-selling pop satirist unleashes his wit on songs by Eminem, Nelly, Avril Lavigne, Backstreet Boys and piano man Billy Joel. Al also digs into the nu-metal and garage rock crazes, crossbreeding hits by Papa Roach, System Of A Down, Rage Against The Machine, The White Stripes, Disturbed, Limp Bizkit and others on the medley, "Angry White Boy Polka."

Tour dates have been announced for 2019, including a stop in the Bay Area on Friday, August 9 at The Greek Theatre in Berkeley.

The true "Weird Al" Yankovic story begins in Lynwood, Calif., where young Alfred Yankovic honed his musical skills on the accordion his parents purchased from a door-to-door salesman and spent countless hours devoted to more typical boyhood pursuits:  television, sci-fi movies, food and pop music. It seems only fitting then that Al, who holds a degree in architecture from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, would use this unusual blueprint to construct one of the most unique and enduring careers in entertainment history.

As his career grew, Al made the triumphant transformation from pop music satirist to multimedia star. He has appeared in his own television specials for MTV ("AL-TV"), Showtime and the Disney Channel, among others. In addition to his own network series ("The Weird Al Show" on CBS in 1997-98), Al also has been featured on many VH1 shows and specials including a profile on "Behind the Music" that continues to be one of the most popular installments in the history of the acclaimed series. In 2002 Al’s debut feature film, the 1989 cult classic “UHF,” which he co-wrote and starred in, became an instant Top Ten best-seller upon its release on DVD. In 2003, Al and his band guest-starred as themselves on “The Simpsons.”

In further testament to Al's enduring appeal, as he approaches his 25th year of poking fun at pop culture, the satirist has amassed 25 Gold and Platinum album certifications in the U.S., Canada and Australia, as well as four Gold-certified home videos and a four-CD boxed set retrospective. He has won two Grammys (and eight nominations) and received an MTV Video Music Award nomination for "Smells Like Nirvana,” which was named among the "Top 100 Music Videos Of All Time" by Rolling Stone. Al's highest-charting, best-selling album to date, Bad Hair Day  (1996), went to No. 14 on the Billboard Top 200 where it stayed for 56 weeks and sold nearly 2 million copies.