Ridiculously Self-Indulgent, Ill-Advised Vanity Tour

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Ridiculously Self-Indulgent, Ill-Advised Vanity Tour
Tour by "Weird Al" Yankovic
WeirdAl 2018TourPoster.jpg
Promotional poster for the tour
Start dateFebruary 27, 2018 (2018-02-27)
End dateJune 10, 2018 (2018-06-10)
Legs1
No. of shows77
"Weird Al" Yankovic concert chronology

The Ridiculously Self-Indulgent, Ill-Advised Vanity Tour was a concert tour performed by American musician and satirist "Weird Al" Yankovic.[1] Intended to be a more intimate and less stylized production compared to his previous concert tours, the Vanity Tour focused on Yankovic's older material and original songs. The 76-date North American tour was announced in October 2017, and included 68 shows in the United States and eight shows in Canada. Following the conclusion of the tour, recordings of the entire tour were released on Stitcher Premium.

Background[edit]

In a departure from his previous concert tours, Yankovic set out on The Ridiculously Self-Indulgent, Ill-Advised Vanity Tour with the intention to produce a more intimate, less stylized show than his preceding concert tours, describing the Vanity Tour as having an "extremely limited appeal" by design, and inspired by the staging of VH1 Storytellers and MTV Unplugged.[2][3][4] The absence of video screens and advanced lighting,[2] along with the Vanity Tour's lack of costumes changes, props, and choreography present in Yankovic's previous tours allowed for a more flexible and unpredictable experience, to the testimonial approval of Yankovic himself and his touring band.[3][4] In the tour's October 2017 announcement across social media, Yankovic stated:

By design, it has extremely limited appeal. Instead of doing festivals, fairs and arenas, we'll be doing small, intimate theatres. Instead of putting on a big flashy production, we'll be trying to go for something very informal and low-key… kind of an Unplugged/Storytellers vibe. Like we're just hanging out, playing in your living room. So if you've really got your heart set on seeing fat suits and Segways and hearing all your favorite parodies… this probably isn't the tour for you. Chances are we'll be doing that kind of show again sometime in the future, just not THIS time.

— "Weird Al" Yankovic[4]

The opening act was the comedian Emo Philips, who had previously worked with Yankovic in his 1989 movie UHF and 1997 TV series The Weird Al Show.[5]

In accordance with Yankovic's desired theme of more intimate and "loose" shows, the setlist for The Ridiculously Self-Indulgent, Ill-Advised Vanity Tour was different every night,[6][7] with a focus on older material and original songs from his discography, as opposed to his staple parody songs.[8] Yankovic performed a straight cover version of a different classic rock song during the encore of each show.[9]

Promotion[edit]

The Ridiculously Self-Indulgent, Ill-Advised Vanity Tour was officially announced on "Weird Al" Yankovic's official social media pages on 13 October 2017,[3][4] with information on tour dates, venues and ticket sales appearing on Yankovic's official website the day after.[10][11] Tickets for the Vanity Tour, which went on sale on October 20, were advertised from $50 to $70.[6][12] The tour's announcement also coincided with the November 2017 release of Squeeze Box and Medium Rarities, two compilation albums collecting the works of Yankovic.[13]

Follow-up tour[edit]

In 2021 "Weird Al" Yankovic announced a follow-up concert tour to the Ridiculously Self-Indulgent, Ill-Advised Vanity Tour "The Unfortunate Return of the Ridiculously Self-Indulgent, Ill-Advised Vanity Tour", set to be performed from May to October 2022 which will have special guest Emo Phillips.[14]

I’ve loved doing every single incarnation of my live show, but honestly the Vanity tour is the most fun I’ve ever had on stage, so I’ve been dying to get back out there and torture everybody with it once again!

— "Weird Al" Yankovic[14]

Setlist[edit]

Each of the 77 shows had a different set list, with the following 51 songs in regular rotation:[15]

Tour dates[edit]

Date City Country Venue Encore Song[9]
February 27, 2018 Poughkeepsie United States Bardavon 1869 Opera House "Smoke on the Water" by Deep Purple
March 1, 2018 Tarrytown Tarrytown Music Hall "Blue Suede Shoes" as performed by Elvis Presley
March 2, 2018 Ledyard Fox Theater "I Saw Her Standing There" by The Beatles
March 3, 2018 Portsmouth The Music Hall "Johnny B. Goode" by Chuck Berry
March 4, 2018
(Matinee)
Boston Wilbur Theatre "Do Wah Diddy Diddy" by Manfred Mann
March 4, 2018
(Evening)
"Dirty Water" by The Standells
March 7, 2018 Montreal Canada Théâtre Maisonneuve "Honky Tonk Women" by The Rolling Stones
March 8, 2018 Toronto Danforth Music Hall "Tutti Frutti" by Little Richard
March 9, 2018 "Wipeout" by The Surfaris
(played in four different keys)
March 10, 2018 Grand Rapids United States 20 Monroe Live "All Day and All of the Night" by The Kinks
March 11, 2018 Ann Arbor Michigan Theater "Should I Stay or Should I Go" by The Clash
March 13, 2018 Amherst Mainstage Theatre "Blister in the Sun" by Violent Femmes
March 14, 2018 Ithaca State Theater "Uncontrollable Urge" by Devo
March 16, 2018 Atlantic City Circus Maximus Theater "867-5309 (Jenny)" by Tommy Tutone
March 17, 2018 Huntington Paramount Theater "Psycho Killer" by Talking Heads
March 18, 2018 Lancaster American Music Theatre "Hello There" by Cheap Trick
March 20, 2018 North Bethesda The Music Center at Strathmore "Refugee" by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
March 22, 2018 New York City Apollo Theater "(They Long to Be) Close to You" by The Carpenters
March 23, 2018 "Cinnamon Girl" by Neil Young
March 24, 2018 Greensburg Palace Theatre "Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting" by Elton John
March 25, 2018 Cleveland Ohio Theatre "Play That Funky Music" by Wild Cherry
March 26, 2018 Lexington Lexington Opera House "Free Bird" by Lynyrd Skynyrd
March 28, 2018 Louisville Brown Theatre "China Grove" by The Doobie Brothers
March 29, 2018 Carmel The Palladium "Rebel Yell" by Billy Idol
March 30, 2018 Champaign Virginia Theatre "Stuck in the Middle with You" by Stealers Wheel
March 31, 2018 Des Moines Hoyt Sherman Place Theater "Accordion Boogie" by Charles Magnante
April 2, 2018 Rochester Mayo Civic Center Presentation Hall "Are You Gonna Be My Girl" by Jet
April 3, 2018 Minneapolis Pantages Theatre "All Star" by Smash Mouth
April 4, 2018 "Squeeze Box" by The Who
April 6, 2018 Chicago The Vic Theatre "Beat on the Brat" by the Ramones
April 7, 2018 "Last Train to Clarksville" by The Monkees
April 9, 2018 Milwaukee Pabst Theater "Beer Barrel Polka" composed by Jaromír Vejvoda
April 10, 2018 "Breakdown by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
April 12, 2018 Wabash Ford Theater "What I Like About You" by The Romantics
April 13, 2018 Chattanooga Walker Theater "We’re an American Band by Grand Funk Railroad
April 14, 2018 Augusta Miller Theater "Peaches" by The Presidents of the United States of America
April 15, 2018 Atlanta Tabernacle "It's Only Rock 'n Roll (But I Like It)" by The Rolling Stones
April 17, 2018[A] Nashville War Memorial Auditorium "Gimme Some Lovin'" by The Spencer Davis Group
April 19, 2018 Springfield Gillioz Theatre "Glad All Over" by The Dave Clark Five
April 20, 2018 Longview Belcher Performance Center "Sunshine of Your Love" by Cream
April 21, 2018[B] Austin Paramount Theatre "Particle Man" by They Might Be Giants
April 22, 2018 Midland Wagner Noël Performing Arts Center "Land of 1,000 Dances" by Wilson Pickett
April 24, 2018 Stafford Stafford Centre Performing Arts Theatre "Crocodile Rock" by Elton John
April 26, 2018 San Antonio H-E-B Performance Hall "Viva Las Vegas" by Elvis Presley
April 27, 2018 Dallas Majestic Theatre "Fire and Rain" by James Taylor
April 28, 2018 Wichita Orpheum Theatre "Werewolves of London" by Warren Zevon
April 29, 2018 Kansas City Folly Theater "I Wanna Be Sedated" by the Ramones
May 1, 2018 Denver Paramount Theatre "It's the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine)" by R.E.M.
May 3, 2018 Grand Junction Avalon Theatre "Born to Be Wild" by Steppenwolf
May 4, 2018 Ivins Tuacahn Amphitheater "Vertigo" by U2
May 5, 2018 Tucson Fox Tucson Theatre "You Really Got Me" by The Kinks
May 6, 2018 Santa Fe Lensic Theater "Sweet Home Alabama" by Lynyrd Skynyrd
May 8, 2018 Mesa Ikeda Theater "Suffragette City" by David Bowie
May 9, 2018 Palm Desert McCallum Theatre "Mama Told Me (Not to Come)" by Three Dog Night
May 10, 2018 Los Angeles The Theatre at Ace Hotel "Radio Radio" by Elvis Costello
May 11, 2018 "Girl U Want" by Devo
May 12, 2018 San Diego Humphreys Concerts By the Bay "This Is a Call" by Foo Fighters
May 15, 2018 Sacramento Crest Theatre "I'm Down" by The Beatles
May 17, 2018 Monterey Golden State Theatre "The Elements" by Tom Lehrer
May 18, 2018 Turlock Turlock Community Theatre "Funeral For a Friend" by Elton John
May 19, 2018 Oakland Fox Oakland Theatre "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman" by Aretha Franklin
May 20, 2018 Napa Uptown Theater "God Save the Queen" by Sex Pistols
May 22, 2018 Redding Cascade Theatre "No Matter What" by Badfinger
May 24, 2018 Eugene McDonald Theatre "Classical Gas" by Mason Williams
May 25, 2018 Portland Revolution Hall "Rock & Roll" by Led Zeppelin
May 26, 2018 "Funk #49" by James Gang
May 27, 2018 Spokane Woldson Theater "Good Lovin'" by The Young Rascals
May 29, 2018 Seattle Moore Theatre "Foxy Lady" by The Jimi Hendrix Experience/Jerry Lewis
May 31, 2018 Calgary Canada Grey Eagle Event Centre "Aqualung" by Jethro Tull
June 1, 2018 Regina Casino Regina Show Lounge "Hard to Handle" as performed by The Black Crowes
June 2, 2018 Edmonton River Cree Entertainment Centre "All Right Now" by Free
June 3, 2018 Medicine Hat Esplanade Theatre "Summer Nights as performed by Olivia Newton-John & John Travolta
June 5, 2018 Winnipeg Burton Cummings Theatre "Magic Carpet Ride" by Steppenwolf
June 6, 2018 Fargo United States Fargo Theatre "Rebel Rebel" by David Bowie
June 8, 2018 Columbia Jesse Auditorium "Takin’ It to the Streets" by The Doobie Brothers
June 9, 2018 Clear Lake Surf Ballroom "Not Fade Away" by Buddy Holly
June 10, 2018 Green Bay Meyer Theatre "School's Out" by Alice Cooper
Festivals and other miscellaneous performances
A This concert was a part of the "Nashville Comedy Festival"[16]
B This concert was a part of the "Moontower Comedy Festival"[17]

Box office score data[edit]

Venue City Tickets sold / Available Gross revenue
Théâtre Maisonneuve Montreal 2,102 / 2,102 (100%) $98,975[18]
Circus Maximus Theater Atlantic City 1,330 / 1,606 (83%) $81,258[19]
Ohio Theatre Cleveland 932 / 1,000 (93%) $63,019[20]
Pantages Theatre Minneapolis 1,968 / 1,980 (99%) $124,124[21]
The Vic Theatre Chicago 1,879 / 1,879 (100%) $94,231[22]
Wagner Noël Performing Arts Center Midland 984 / 1,733 (57%) $42,690[22]
The Theatre at Ace Hotel Los Angeles 2,981 / 2,981 (100%) $206,726[23]
Crest Theatre Sacramento 934 / 975 (96%) $54,538[23]
Fox Oakland Theatre Oakland 1,923 / 1,923 (100%) $117,345[23]
TOTAL 15,033 / 16,179 (93%) $882,906

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