DVD review: Weird Al Yankovic Live!

CHRIS GARDNER
Last updated 12:59 03/02/2014
DVD review:
"Weird Al" Yankovic Live!

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REVIEW: "Weird Al" Yankovic Live! The Alpocalypse Tour

(Punchline, PG)

There's no denying that "Weird Al" Yankovic is a talented musician.

It would be hard enough to come up with your own comedy lyrics to popular songs and then make yourself sound like the original artist in the studio, but to pull it off at a live concert while looking like the original artist one song after another is nothing short of genius.

Yankovi's skill is why the American pop satirist has released 13 studio albums since 1983. On those discs the likes of Dire Straits's Money For Nothing, Billy Joel's Piano Man, Michael Jackson's Beat It and Don McLean's American Pie have all had the Weird Al treatment.

Like most satire Weird Al's work requires a familiarity with the source material he is parodying and he mostly draws on American music and situations. The music is not a problem for an international listener, since American culture has invaded the world, but an intimate knowledge of America over the last 30 years is. This means about half of the songs performed on this 86 minute DVD would have no meaning to an international listener. I was puzzled for about 40 minutes when I listened to this. But it wouldn't stop me from snapping up any Weird Al CDs I come across.

That said Yankovic more than makes up with it with his Star Wars parodies The Saga Begins and Lola which he saves until the end of this concert with Darth Vader and stormtroopers dancing on stage. It's definitely a case of saving the best until last.

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