‘Weird’ Al Yankovic has announced live dates in the UK and Ireland as part of his Mandatory World Tour.
Yankovich will appear at the Eventim Apollo in London on October 4 and again in Dublin on October 6. These dates follow a lengthy run in America as well as European gigs in Sweden, Denmark, Holland and Belgium. A full list of gigs can be found here.
Known for his comedic spoofs of pop songs, Yankovic released the ‘Mandatory Fun’ album in 2014.
The record gave him his first ever US Number One Album in a 30-plus year career. It contained parodies of Iggy Azalea’s ‘Fancy’ (‘Handy’), Lorde’s ‘Royals’ (‘Foil’), Robin Thicke’s ‘Blurred Lines’ (‘Word Crimes’) and Pharrell Williams’ ‘Happy’ (‘Tacky’).
All of the artists spoofed on the album gave permission to do so. Yankovic told NME: “I ask permission from every artist to parody their song. Legally I don’t have to but I want them to be in on the joke, not just to turn on the radio one day and be like, ‘What?'”
He added: “I’ve asked Prince several times, he’s the only one to turn me down! All throughout the ’80s I asked him – I had ideas for ‘Kiss’ and ‘When Doves Cry’ but his management turned me down every time. I still hold out hope – if he had another big hit of course I’d want to do my own version.”
‘Weird’ Al Yankovic will play:
London Eventim Apollo (October 4)
Dublin Vicar Street (6)