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
Associated album Medium Rarities
Start date February 27, 2018 (2018-02-27)
End date June 10, 2018 (2018-06-10)
Legs 1
No. of shows 77 in North America
"Weird Al" Yankovic concert chronology

The Ridiculously Self-Indulgent, Ill-Advised Vanity Tour is a concert tour performed by American musician and satirist "Weird Al" Yankovic. The tour supports Yankovic's ninth compilation album, Medium Rarities (2017).[1] Intended to be a more intimate and less stylized production compared to his previous concert tour, the Vanity Tour focuses on Yankovic's older material and original songs. The 76-date North American tour was announced in October 2017, and includes 68 shows in the United States and eight shows in Canada. On June 25, 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:

The opening act is the comedian Emo Philips, who has 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 is set to be different each night,[6][7] with a focus on older material and various original songs from his discography, as opposed to his staple parody songs.[8] Yankovic has performed at least one non-humorous and mostly straight cover version of a classic rock song at most shows.

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.[9][10] Tickets for the Vanity Tour, which went on sale on October 20, were advertised from $50 to $70.[6][11] 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.[12]

Opening act[edit]

Setlist[edit]

The following setlist was obtained from the April 9, 2018 concert, held at the Pabst Theater in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. It does not represent all concerts for the duration of the tour.[14]

  1. "Why Does This Always Happen to Me?"
  2. "Young, Dumb & Ugly"
  3. "Velvet Elvis"
  4. "The Biggest Ball of Twine in Minnesota"
  5. "Buy Me a Condo"
  6. "My Baby's in Love with Eddie Vedder"
  7. "Generic Blues"
  8. "CNR"
  9. "Dare to Be Stupid"
  10. "I"ll Sue Ya"
  11. "One More Minute"
  12. "Midnight Star"
  13. "Don't Download This Song"
  14. "Nature Trail to Hell"
  15. "Jackson Park Express"
  16. "Eat It" / "I Lost on Jeopardy" / "Amish Paradise" / "Smells Like Nirvana" / "White & Nerdy" / "I Love Rocky Road" / "Like a Surgeon"
Encore
  1. "Beer Barrel Polka"
  2. "The Saga Begins"

Tour dates[edit]

Date City Country Venue
North America[15]
February 27, 2018 Poughkeepsie United States Bardavon 1869 Opera House
March 1, 2018 Tarrytown Tarrytown Music Hall
March 2, 2018 Ledyard Fox Theater
March 3, 2018 Portsmouth The Music Hall
March 4, 2018 Boston Wilbur Theatre
March 7, 2018 Montreal Canada Théâtre Maisonneuve
March 8, 2018 Toronto Danforth Music Hall
March 9, 2018
March 10, 2018 Grand Rapids United States 20 Monroe Live
March 11, 2018 Ann Arbor Michigan Theater
March 13, 2018 Amherst Mainstage Theatre
March 14, 2018 Ithaca State Theater
March 16, 2018 Atlantic City Circus Maximus Theater
March 17, 2018 Huntington Paramount Theater
March 18, 2018 Lancaster American Music Theatre
March 20, 2018 North Bethesda The Music Center at Strathmore
March 22, 2018 New York City Apollo Theater
March 23, 2018
March 24, 2018 Greensburg Palace Theatre
March 25, 2018 Cleveland Ohio Theatre
March 26, 2018 Lexington Lexington Opera House
March 28, 2018 Louisville Brown Theatre
March 29, 2018 Carmel The Palladium
March 30, 2018 Champaign Virginia Theatre
March 31, 2018 Des Moines Hoyt Sherman Place Theater
April 2, 2018 Rochester Mayo Civic Center Presentation Hall
April 3, 2018 Minneapolis Pantages Theatre
April 4, 2018
April 6, 2018 Chicago The Vic Theatre
April 7, 2018
April 9, 2018 Milwaukee Pabst Theater
April 10, 2018
April 12, 2018 Wabash Ford Theater
April 13, 2018 Chattanooga Walker Theater
April 14, 2018 Augusta Miller Theater
April 15, 2018 Atlanta Tabernacle
April 17, 2018[A] Nashville War Memorial Auditorium
April 19, 2018 Springfield Gillioz Theatre
April 20, 2018 Longview Belcher Performance Center
April 21, 2018[B] Austin Paramount Theatre
April 22, 2018 Midland Wagner Noël Performing Arts Center
April 24, 2018 Stafford Stafford Centre Performing Arts Theatre
April 26, 2018 San Antonio H-E-B Performance Hall
April 27, 2018 Dallas Majestic Theatre
April 28, 2018 Wichita Orpheum Theatre
April 29, 2018 Kansas City Folly Theater
May 1, 2018 Denver Paramount Theatre
May 3, 2018 Grand Junction Avalon Theatre
May 4, 2018 Ivins Tuacahn Amphitheater
May 5, 2018 Tucson Fox Tucson Theatre
May 6, 2018 Santa Fe Lensic Theater
May 8, 2018 Mesa Ikeda Theater
May 9, 2018 Palm Desert McCallum Theatre
May 10, 2018 Los Angeles The Theatre at Ace Hotel
May 11, 2018
May 12, 2018 San Diego Humphreys Concerts By the Bay
May 15, 2018 Sacramento Crest Theatre
May 17, 2018 Monterey Golden State Theatre
May 18, 2018 Turlock Turlock Community Theatre
May 19, 2018 Oakland Fox Oakland Theatre
May 20, 2018 Napa Uptown Theater
May 22, 2018 Redding Cascade Theatre
May 24, 2018 Eugene McDonald Theatre
May 25, 2018 Portland Revolution Hall
May 26, 2018
May 27, 2018 Spokane Woldson Theater
May 29, 2018 Seattle Moore Theatre
May 31, 2018 Calgary Canada Grey Eagle Event Centre
June 1, 2018 Regina Casino Regina Show Lounge
June 2, 2018 Edmonton River Cree Entertainment Centre
June 3, 2018 Medicine Hat Esplanade Theatre
June 5, 2018 Winnipeg Burton Cummings Theatre
June 6, 2018 Fargo United States Fargo Theatre
June 8, 2018 Columbia Jesse Auditorium
June 9, 2018 Clear Lake Surf Ballroom
June 10, 2018 Green Bay Meyer Theatre
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

References[edit]

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