Watch: Weird Al Yankovic channels Weezer frontman in ‘Africa’

If you couldn’t escape Weezer’s cover of Toto’s “Africa” this summer, then you weren’t alone. Since its debut earlier this year, the song has managed to infiltrate not only rock radio stations across the country, but also the music charts (it currently hold the number five spot on Billboard‘s Rock Song chart). The one thing quartet never released was an official music video for the tune, but that’s all changed. On Monday (Sept. 24), the California-founded band finally gave us the music video for the track following months of only having the studio and live versions of the cover.

If you were expecting to see any member of Weezer in the clip, then we have some bad news for you. Instead, the group enlisted some stand-ins to take their place while “Weird Al” Yankovic takes on the role of frontman Rivers Cuomo. Decked out in a button down shirt, tie, cardigan, and Cuomo’s iconic geeky glasses, Yankovic’s interpretation of the singer is a major throwback to the group’s video for “Buddy Holly.”

The comedian plays his role so well that it’s quite surprising that it’s not actually Cuomo behind the microphone.

The four-minute video features the band just playing the song on a sound stage in front of a blue backdrop that is similar in shade to the background used for the cover over their Blue album.

Watch the Brendan Walter and Jade Ehlers-directed clip above.

Last week, Weezer released their first original new song in almost a year; a track titled “California Snow.” The song is featured on soundtrack for the upcoming film, Spell. The score for the film was composed by Fall Out Boy frontman, Patrick Stump.

It was also announced by the band that Cuomo has a special cameo in the film, playing the role of the protagonist’s therapist. Spell made its debut this past weekend at the LA Film Festival.

“Weird Al” Taking the ‘Mandatory Fun’ on the Road

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“Weird Al” Yankovic might not be headlining this year’s Super Bowl Halftime (believe us, we tried as hard as we could), but it looks like the funny man will be taking his parody songs on the road. Who needs a stinking football game, right?

Fresh off his appearance on the Monty Python-esque ABC show, Galavant, the musician has revealed he will be heading out on a massive 82-date world tour.

The tour will begin on May 12 with a five-day residency at Las Vegas’ Planet Hollywood before moving on to the rest of the tour stops which we’re sure visits pretty much every state in mainland United States as well as some Canadian dates before heading across the pond to Europe to wrap up in early October.

Check out the full schedule of the “Mandatory Fun” Tour.

2015 “MANDATORY FUN” WORLD TOUR DATES:

05/12 – Las Vegas, NV @ Planet Hollywood
05/13 – Las Vegas, NV @ Planet Hollywood
05/14 – Las Vegas, NV @ Planet Hollywood
05/15 – Las Vegas, NV @ Planet Hollywood
05/16 – Las Vegas, NV @ Planet Hollywood
05/19 – Tulsa, OK @ Brady Theater
05/20 – Oklahoma City, OK @ Hudson Performance Hall
05/22 – Biloxi, MS @ Hard Rock Hotel and Casino
05/23 – Nashville, TN @ Ryman Auditorium
05/24 – Robinsonville, MS @ Horseshoe Tunica Bluesville
05/28 – Indianapolis, IN @ Murat Theatre at Old National Centre
05/29 – Mount Pleasant, MI @ Soaring Eagle Casino and Resort
05/30 – Cleveland, OH @ Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica
05/31 – Greensburg, PA @ Palace Theatre
06/02 – Boston, MA @ Wilbur Theatre
06/03 – Boston, MA @ Wilbur Theatre
06/04 – Concord, NH @ Capitol Center for the Arts
06/06 – Ledyard, CT @ Foxwoods Resort Casino
06/07 – New York, NY @ Governor’s Ball Music Festival
06/08 – Lancaster, PA @ American Music Theatre
06/11 – Richmond, VA @ Carpenter Theatre at Richmond Center Stage
06/12 – Vienna, VA @ Filene Center at Wolf Trap
06/13 – Baltimore, MD @ Pier Six PAvilion
06/14 – Roanoke, VA @ Roanoke Performing Arts Theatre
06/16 – Bethlehem, PA @ Sands Bethlehem Event Center
06/18 – Cary, NC @ Koka Booth Amphitheatre
06/19 – Charlotte, NC @ Ovens Auditorium
06/20 – Atlanta, GA @ Chastain Park Amphitheatre
06/21 – Kettering, OH @ Fraze Pavilion
06/23 – Newark, OH @ Midland Theatre
06/24 – Louisville, KY @ Palace Theatre
06/26 – Windsor, ON @ Caesars Windsor: The Colosseum
06/27 – Chicago, IL @ Chicago Theatre
06/28 – St. Louis, MO @ Peabody Opera House
06/30 – Kansas City, MO @ Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland
07/01 – Wichita, KS @ Orpheum Theatre
07/02 – Council Bluffs, IA @ Harrah’s Hotel and Casino: Stir Cove
07/03 – Prior Lake, MN @ Mystic Lake Casino: Mystic Showroom
07/07 – Bowling Green, KY @ Southern Kentucky Performing Arts Center
07/08 – Greenville, SC @ Peace Center for the Performing Arts
07/10 – Erie, PA @ Warner Theatre
07/11 – Albany, NY @ Palace Theatre
07/12 – Burlington, VT @ Flynn Center for the Performing Arts
07/14 – Verona, NY @ Turning Stone Resort Casino: Showroom
07/15 – Buffalo, NY @ University at Buffalo Center for the Arts
07/17 – Hamilton, ON @ Hamilton Place Theatre
07/18 – Rama, ON @ Casino Rama Entertainment Centre
07/19 – Ottawa, ON @ Ottawa Bluesfest
07/20 – London, ON @ Centennial Hall
07/24 – Halifax, NS @ Casino Nova Scotia: Schooner Showroom
07/25 – Moncton, NB @ Casino New Brunswick: The Centre
07/26 – Portland, ME @ Maine State Pier
08/04 – New Bedford, MA @ The Zeiterion Performing Arts Center
08/05 – Williamsport, PA @ Community Arts Center
08/07 – Knoxville, TN @ Tennessee Theatre
08/08 – Newport News , VA @ Ferguson Center for the Arts
08/09 – North Charleston, SC @ North Charleston Performing Arts Center
08/11 – Orlando, FL @ Hard Rock Live at Universal Citywalk
08/13 – Clearwater, FL @ Ruth Eckerd Hall
08/14 – Melbourne, FL @ King Center for the Performing Arts
08/15 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Broward Center for the Performing Arts
08/16 – Jacksonville, FL @ Florida Theatre
08/18 – Houston, TX @ Bayou Music Center
08/19 – San Antonio, TX @ Majestic Theatre
08/20 – Austin, TX @ Austin City Limits Live at the Moody Theater
08/21 – Grand Prairie, TX @ Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie
08/23 – Denver, CO @ Paramount Theatre
09/01 – Arcata, CA @ Van Duzer Theatre
09/02 – Jacksonville, OR @ Britt Pavilion
09/04 – Bend, OR @ Les Schwab Amphitheater
09/05 – Portland, OR @ Oregon Zoo Amphitheater
09/06 – Portland, OR @ Oregon Zoo Amphitheater
09/08 – Vancouver, BC @ Queen Elizabeth Theatre
09/09 – Penticton, BC @ South Okanagan Events Centre
09/11 – Enoch, AB @ River Cree Resort and Casino: The Venue
09/12 – Calgary, AB @ Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
09/13 – Airway Heights, WA @ Northern Quest Resort and Casino: Pend Oreille Pavillion
09/14 – Puyallup, WA @ Washington State Fair
09/18 – Laughlin, NV @ Harrah’s Laughlin: Rio Vista Outdoor Amphitheatre
09/24 – Stockholm, SE @ Grona Lund
09/25 – Oslo, NO @ Sentrum Scene
09/26 – Trondheim, NO @ Brattora
09/28 – Copenhagen, DK @ Vega
09/30 – Amsterdam, NL @ Melkweg
10/01 – Brussels, BE @ Ancienne Belgique
10/04 – London, UK @ Eventim Apollo
10/06 – Dublin, IE @ Vicar Street

Star-Studded George Harrison Tribute Concert To Take Place Later This Month

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Some beetles might have though that George Harrison was worthy of having a tree dedicated to him, but many musicians have thought otherwise.

It was announced that Harrison will be honored later this month in the form of a one-night tribute concert.

Reportedly, performances of the evening will include The Flaming Lips’ Wayne Coyne and Steven Drozd, Spoon’s Britt Daniel, Brian Wilson, “Weird” Al Yankovic, The Killers’ Brandon Flowers and Mark Stoermer, members of The Strokes, Weezer and Norah Jones. For those who are not familiar Harrison and Jones’ father, sitar virtuoso Ravi Shankar became friends when Harrison began to experiment with that type of sound and became interested in the sitar.

Also set to appear at the event are the Cold War Kids, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Harrison’s son (and almost twin) Dhani, Heart’s Ann Wilson, as well as members of The Cult, Guster, Velvet Revolver and many more. The event promoters have also revealed that more special guests will be announced within the weeks leading up to the show.

The one-night affair will take place on Sept. 28 at Los Angeles’ El Rey Theatre.
Tickets for the show will go on sale beginning today, Sept. 5. According to the release, 100% of the profits from “George Fest” like it has been dubbed, will be donated to Sweet Relief, a charity that offers financial assistance to struggling musicians.

News of the tribute concert comes on the heels of Harrison’s estate announcing plans to reissue the musician’s first six solo albums. The reissues will include several unreleased tracks as well as alternate versions of the songs that had been previously released.

The George Harrison: The Apple Years 1968-1975 box set is set to be released on Sept. 23, just a week or so before the star-studded concert is set to take place.

Weird Al’s “Word Crime” Accused of Being Offensive

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Did you know that the word spastic is a derogatory term for people with cerebral palsy in certain parts of the world? Well, if you didn’t then you are part of the majority that did not know that, including “Weird Al” Yankovic.

Last week, the comedian released one of his new songs “Word Crime”, a parody of Robin Thicke’s hit song, “Blurred Lines.” The lyric with the offensive lines goes: “Saw your blog post/ It’s really fantastic/ That was sarcastic (Oh, Psych!)/ ‘Cause your write like a spastic.”

Simple, right? No need for bad blood. And that’s where you are wrong. While the vast majority of us were laughing at the song content, some people had taken offense to the “spastic” and showed their opinion of the matter. Weird Al took to Twitter to clarify that he had no idea that the word is an offensive term.

Even if he did know that, we doubt that “Weird Al” would use offensive terms to bring in listeners; he’s classier than that.  All the man really wants to do is make parodies, play polka and make people “LMFAO!”

“Weird Al’s” new album Mandatory Fun was released last week and will reportedly earn the No. 1 spot on the Billboard 200 chart this week,

 

Watch Weird Al’s Eight Music Videos in Eight Days

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“Weird Al” Yankovic’s new album Mandatory Fun will reportedly take the No. 1 spot on the Billboard 200 and pretty much every other chart in the coming week. The record has already produced several songs which parody many of today’s biggest pop hits. As part of the promotion of the new album, Yankovic decided to release eight music videos in eight days and now we have the most of the videos.

In honor of the comedian taking the throne from other musical acts, we have put together all of the songs from the upcoming album that have been released in the last week so you can enjoy them this weekend and think about just how Yankovic has never had a number one album in the past and had to wait until 2014 to do so.

“TACKY” // Parody of Pharrell’s “HAPPY”:

“WORD CRIME”// Parody of Robin Thicke’s “BLURRED LINES”:

“FOIL”// Parody of Lorde’s “ROYALS”:

“HANDY” // Parody of Iggy Azalea’s “FANCY”:

“FIRST WORLD PROBLEMS” // Inspired by the Pixies:

“LAME CLAIM TO FAME” // Inspired by Southern Culture on the Skids’ “CAMEL WALK”