Way over 100 shows in 2012- a personal record!
Al rules. I’ve seen him before in Ventura a few times, in Oxnard (probably the best Al show I’ve ever been to) and a few times in LA. I even bought a luxury box for his show at the Greek about 5 years ago. It was very worth the money to be a VIP at a Weird Al show. Quite the memorable experience.
Al has had the same band forever (Jon “Bermuda” Schwartz, Steve Jay, Ruben Valtierra, and Jim “Kimo” West). Those guys are all geniuses and Al is definitely one of the greatest performers ever.
My last minute ticket ended up only costing me $25. It was some craigslist Groupon deal that I ended up lucking out with (GA was $40, so I scored).
I responded to the ad around 5:00 and was there by 7:00 for the show. I even got a front row parking spot in the structure.
I also got to cut in the long line (around the corner and then some!) with the people who had the Groupon voucher, so I went right inside the theater and even scored a good GA seat by the mixing board.
No opener. Great show. All killer, no filler. Al has the art of the live performance down to a science.
I don’t listen to the radio (and haven’t for years), but I recognized most of the new songs he was doing parodies of (I don’t own “Alpocalypse”- I haven’t bought hardly any CDs in the last few years).
Between the awesome tunes and the costume changes, it’s a fast-paced show that was really great throughout the almost 2 hours they played.
This was definitely one of the most well produced shows I’ve ever seen at the Ventura Theater.
The lighting, visuals and video were excellent and this was a true show in every sense of the word.
He poked fun at lots of people and did a great medley with a lot of food (Rye or the Kaiser / Spam / My Bologna / Lasagna / Eat It)
He cruised through the crowd on "I Wanna Be Your Lover", which was pretty funny.
The high points were "Yoda", "White and Nerdy", "Amish Paradise", "eBay (which was nestled in a medley), "Polka Face" and "Canadian Idiot". The entire show was great, but these tunes really stood out.
White & Nerdy
The Saga Begins
You Make Me
(Interview w Eminem (video))
Smells Like Nirvana
(Interview w Nicolas Cage (video))
(Interview w Uma Thurman (video))
Party in the CIA
(Wheel of Fish / Weird Owl 5secondfilms (video))
(Interview with Antonio Banderas (video))
Wanna B Ur Lovr (into audience)
(Weird: The Al Yankovic Story trailer (video))
Money For Nothing/Beverly Hillbillies / Whatever You Like / Another Tattoo / eBay / I Want A New Duck / Theme From Rocky XIII / Spam / My Bologna / Ode To A Superhero / Lasagna / Eat It
(Interview w Rob Pattinson (video))
(Interview w Megan Fox (video))
(30 Rock ending credits/Titanic (video))
Perform This Way
(Interview w Jeff Bridges (video))
White & Nerdy
(Dirt PSA (video))
The Saga Begins
Addams Family Theme
Star Wars in the lobby/ entrance:
I live the rules at the venue- such a great read (the fine print is pretty funny!)!
Wheel of fish:
This person needs a Sharpie….
Awesome show!! Killer last minute score!! Weird Al is the greatest!