“Weird Al” Yankovic @ The Riverside Theater
Aug. 28, 2010
The band made costume changes for
nearly every song, going grunge for “Smells Like Nirvana” and climbing into
yellow jumpsuits and red plastic hats for the Devo-esque “Dare to Be Stupid.”
The audience, which proved to be almost
as entertaining as the onstage antics, ranged from hyper elementary-school kids
to confused-looking senior citizens. There was also a dedicated fan base in
their mid-adult years singing along and dancing in their seats.
Yankovic imitated Green Day (“Canadian
Idiot”) and James Blunt (“You’re Pitiful”) while stripping through layers of
clothing, ending up in a SpongeBob SquarePants T-shirt, tutu, heart-print
boxers and fishnet stockings.
Such an extensive catalog of satireled the band to try to cram several songs
into a long medley, including early hits like “Another One Rides the Bus” and
more recent songs like “Gump.”
The costume changes continued, with
fake beards for “Amish Paradise” and a Michael Jackson-themed fat suit for
“Fat.” For his latest big hit, “White and Nerdy” (a Chamillionaire parody),
Yankovic rapped while zipping around the stage on a Segway.
He also played all of the songs from
his most recent recording, an EP titled Internet
Leaks, which includes his take on T.I., The Doors and The White Stripes.
Two hours of weird hits were not enough for the audience, which demanded an encore. Yankovic returned to the stage dressed as a Jedi and delivered two Star Wars-themed selections: “The Saga Begins” (a take on “American Pie”) and an extended version of his classic “Lola” spoof, “Yoda.”