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Weird Al's summer tour includes Tampa Bay stop

Weird al Weird Al Yankovic's 2010 summer tour includes a few stops in Florida, including a stop July 25 at St. Petersburg's Mahaffey Theater. Tickets go on sale Saturday at noon and range from $31.50 to $61.50.

Okay, now that I took care of business, can I just say I've been dying to see Weird Al since, well, forever? And yes, we've formally asked for an interview for the Stuck in the '80s podcast, so keep your fingers crossed.

TOP 5 REASONS WEIRD AL IS THE KING:

5. REMEMBER AL TV? Back in the days when MTV played music videos, they would occasionally hand over control of the station's programming for a day to Weird Al. It was must-see TV. Al would spin the original videos before showing his versions of the same song. The '80s might have ended, but Weird Al's sense of humor never aged or ended.

4. UHF: Oh, it's a B-movie at best. But this 1989 flick still is watchable. Maybe even vital. Nevermind Al's role as the straight man. Billy Barty as Noodles MacIntosh? Michael Richards as Stanley Spadowski? Classic stuff.

3. THE 'STACHE AND GLASSES: Not many people can pull off changing their entire look. Al had his eyes fixed and his mustache deep-sixed. Somewhere John Oates and Tom Selleck were weeping.

2. THE SONGS: More than 150 song parodies later, Weird Al is going strong. Click here for my list of top 5 forgotten classics.

1. THE COMPETITION: There is none. Some 30 years after starting, Weird Al stands alone. For every Madonna, there's a Lady Gaga. For every Bono, there was a Michael Hutchence. Weird Al is the franchise. Can anyone from our decade claim the same?

[Last modified: Thursday, June 17, 2010 11:43am]

    

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