Weird Al is entertaining, but nothing to write home about

| Sat, Jul 24, 2010


Weird Al is entertaining, but nothing to write home about

BOCA RATON, FL – I have never been a big Weird Al fan. I have nothing against the guy but he just wasn’t a big enough star when I was growing up in Brazil. Sure MTV played some of his videos over there (the only ones I remember are “I’m Fat” and “Smells Like Nirvana,” but that was pretty much all I knew about him.

When I found out he’d be performing in FL I decided to go to his show and surprise my husband for his wedding anniversary present. Opposite to me, he is a huge fan and grew up listening to his music.

The Mizner Park amphitheater (which I hear filed for bankruptcy), held no more than a couple hundred people, sitting on folding chairs in the lawn. People of all ages were walking around the open area, from 8 year old kids, to adults, to 70 year olds wearing the mandatory Hawaiian shirts.

The one thing I noticed about Weird Al is that he doesn’t cuss, which seemed appropriate since there used to be so many little kids around.

The show started with a montage of the current greatest hits. From Katy Perry’s “I Kissed A Girl” to Lady Gaga’s “Poker Face.” It was rather amusing as he played all these hits – not altering a single word – in a folk-type song. It made me giggle since I expected him to start changing the words yet he didn’t. After all, isn’t he known for changing the words to every single song he does?

I was excited when I heard the tunes I listened when I grew up, and what made it more amusing is that he used the costumes in the videos, showing up like Kurt Cobain or the Michael Jackson outfit from the “Bad” video. I was surprised he didn’t talk or pay respects to Michael Jackson’s death prior to performing his song. One would think a song that made him wisely popular would demand some sort of mention.

My husband knew all the words to his songs, sang along to “Amish Paradise” as he waved his hands from side to side. I simply hummed along and sang to the oh three songs I know. Was he entertaining? Definitely. I could see being a big fan when you are a kid, or even a teenager but after al while it all kinda starts sounding the same.

I really thought I was going to leave this show with some new tunes stuck in my head, or sing the songs along in the car on the drive back home, but nothing. There’s nothing that really stuck in my mind or that made this concert memorable.

I mean, how many songs can you change the words to? Yes its funny. Yes it’s entertaining. But there’s really not much to it, in my opinion. I give kudos to a guy that made a living out of making funny lyrics to popular songs, but after a while it all seems to blend in and look more like a stand-up comedy show, than a concert, if that.


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  1. Lana Says:

    You know, I kick myself for not checking out Weird Al live. Like you mentioned, he may not have been a bit star in your native Brazil, but here, I grew up listening to him, so there’s definitely that nostalgia factor.

    Would have loved to have seen his renditions of “Poker Face” and “I Kissed a Girl”! lol Bummer about “Bad,” though!

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