Weird Al Yankovic Is Finally Touring Again, but Cincinnati Nerds Will Have to See Him in Dayton

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Weird Al Yankovic is heading to Ohio in 2022 but not to Cincinnati. - Kyle Cassidy
Kyle Cassidy
Weird Al Yankovic is heading to Ohio in 2022 but not to Cincinnati.

Break out the shirts and prepare for accordion goodness, because "Weird Al" Yankovic is finally launching a new tour.

The only problem? You'll have to head to Dayton to see it.

Yankovic,  will kick off his amazingly titled "The Unfortunate Return of the Ridiculously Self-Indulgent, Ill-Advised Vanity Tour" tour on April 26 in Poughkeepsie, New York, and will continue almost nightly with more than 120 shows throughout the United States and Canada.

Though the comedy singer and accordion virtuoso will criss-cross the Midwest several times throughout the tour, Cincinnati won't get a show. Neither will Columbus. Nor Cleveland, for that matter.

Instead, local Yankovic fans who want to get nerdy will have to head to the Benjamin & Marian Schuster Performing Arts Center in Dayton on Tuesday, Aug. 23. Tickets are on sale now, and COVID-19 safety protocols are in place. And if Dayton doesn't work for you, there's a show in Ashland, Kentucky, the night prior and one in Canton much earlier during the tour on Tuesday, May 17. See all of Yankovic's tour dates.
During the tour, Yankovic will deliver a"different set list every night, with no two shows the same," a press release says. The entertainer may draw from his 14 albums of songs, but instead of performing popular parody hits like "Smells Like Nirvana" and "Eat It," the tour largely will focus on his original material and lesser-known pastiches. The press release adds that Yankovic's performances will be "stripped-down," eschewing the super-stimulating, theatrical props, costumes and video screens from previous tours to focus on his band's musicianship in intimate settings.

Yankovic is one of five acts to have a top-40 single in each of the last four decades, the release says; the others are music titans Michael Jackson, Madonna, U2 and Kenny G.

Comedian Emo Phillips, who had a role in Yankovic's 1989 film UHF, will open the show.

By the way, all Yankovic fans should read New York Times Magazine's extensive 2020 profile of the entertainer.

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