"Weird Al" Yankovic has always been known for his polka and hilarious parodies of today's top songs. Now, in 2015 he'll be embarking on his "Mandatory World Tour." Find tickets today on TicketNetwork.com and get ready to enjoy some laughs in a city near your!
|Current Tour:||Mandatory World Tour|
|First Album:||"Weird Al" Yankovic (1983)|
"Weird Al" Yankovic was born Alfred Matthew Yankovic on October 23, 1959 in Downey California, outside of Los Angeles. Yankovic became interested in music at the age of six when a door-to-door salesman came to his parent's house soliciting either guitar or accordion lessons at an area music school. His parents decided to enroll Yankovic in accordion class because they believed it would "revolutionize rock." Yankovic took lessons at the school for three years and afterward continued to learn the accordion on his own.
In 1971, at the age of 16, Yankovic gave radio personality, Dr. Demento a homemade tape of himself performing parody and original songs in his bedroom. Dr. Demento liked his music and played it on his comedy radio show which ultimately launched Yankovic's career. In 1981 Yankovic began touring with Dr. Demento's stage show and soon after his career skyrocketed. By 1982, Yankovic had his own band and was the opening act for the band Missing Persons. Soon after, Yankovic recorded "I Love Rocky Road," which was a parody of "I Love Rock 'n' Roll" by Joan Jett and the Blackhearts. The song was a huge success and become a hit on Top 40 radio, which led to Yankovic’s signing with Scotti Brothers Records. The following year, Yankovic released his first self-titled album.
Since the release of his first album, Yankovic has gone on to release 13 more albums and make appearances in numerous movies and television shows. Over the course of his career he has earned three Grammy awards, four gold records, and six platinum records. His latest album, "Mandatory Fun," was released in 2014 and became his first number one album on its debut week. Mandatory Fun features parodies of Iggy Azalea's "Fancy," Imagine Dragon's "Radioactive," Pharrell's "Happy," and many more.