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'Weird Al' Yankovic 'Mandatory World Tour' heads to Buffalo

by jmaloni

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Tue, Jan 20th 2015 02:05 pm

Tickets on sale Friday, Jan. 30

The Center for the Arts, University at Buffalo, presents "Weird Al" Yankovic "Mandatory World Tour" at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 15. Tickets are $49.50 and go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 30.

Fresh off the biggest year of his storied career, "Weird Al" will visit more than 100 cities throughout North America, Europe and Australia. The tour follows the release of his No. 1-charting album, "Mandatory Fun" (RCA Records). The album was released July 15 and immediately shot to the top of the Billboard Top 200 album chart. This was the first time in more than 50 years a comedy album topped the charts, and the first time a comedy album debuted in the top position. "Mandatory Fun" has been nominated for a Grammy in the category of Best Comedy Album.

Special pre-sales will be held at weirdal.com starting at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 27. Tickets will go on sale to the public at 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 30.

"Weird Al" is the biggest-selling comedy recording artist in history. Now in his fourth career decade, he has won three Grammys (with 15 nominations) and countless accolades for classics such as "Eat It," "Like a Surgeon," "Yoda," "Smells Like Nirvana," "Amish Paradise" and "White & Nerdy." For the rollout of his 14th studio album, "Mandatory Fun," "Weird Al" world-premiered eight videos in eight days, taking the Internet by storm. The videos, including parodies of Pharrell Williams' "Happy" ("Tacky"), Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines" ("Word Crimes"), Lorde's "Royals" ("Foil"), and Iggy Azalea's "Fancy" ("Handy"), garnered more than 46 million views in the first week. Yankovic also set the U.S. record for having the most tracks from one album on Spotify's viral top 10 at one time, taking the first four spots.

In addition, "Word Crimes" debuted in the Billboard Top 40, making "Weird Al" one of only three people to have had Top 40 singles in each of the past four decades (the other two are Michael Jackson and Madonna).

Tickets are available at the Center for the Arts box office (weekdays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.) and tickets.com. To charge tickets, call 1-888-223-6000. For more information, call 716-645-2787 or visit www.ubcfa.org or www.weirdal.com.

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