- Tue Feb 10, 2015, 8:16 AM GMT
Weird Al inserts himself into scenes from the Best Picture contender as he promotes his 'Mandatory Fun' tour.READ MORE
Weird Al Yankovic was born Alfred Matthew Yankovic in Downey, California, on October 23, 1959. His career in music began on the day before his sixth birthday, when a door-to-door salesman traveling through Lynwood offered his parents a choice of accordion or guitar lessons at a local music school. His parents chose accordion over guitar "because they were convinced it would revolutionize rock," according to the singer.
He continued lessons at the school for three years before continuing to learn on his own. Yankovic, who's a big fan of Elton John, said that John's "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" album was "partly how I learned to play rock 'n roll on the accordion." Meanwhile, he claimed that Tom Lehrer, Stan Freberg, Spike Jones, Allan Sherman, Shel Silverstein and Frank Zappa "and all the other wonderfully sick and twisted artists that he was exposed to through the Dr. Demento Radio Show" were the inspirations of his comedic and parody music.
The tour, which will also come to Europe and Australia, is launched in support of the singer/comedian's 'Mandatory Fun' album which marks his first to top Billboard 200.READ MORE
The petition, which was posted by a Seattle resident named Ed Ball on Change.org earlier this week, has so far garnered more than 20,000 signatures.READ MORE
Selling 104,000 copies in its first week, the parodist's newest album blocks Jason Mraz's 'Yes!' from the chart's No. 1.READ MORE
The parodist says he's the 'greatest' craftsman 'in the business' who can fix anything from patching the drywall to mowing the lawn in the new video.READ MORE