The biggest-selling comedy recording artist in history, “Weird Al” Yankovic, will kick off his 100-city 2015 Mandatory World Tour with five performances in Las Vegas in the Showroom at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino May 12 – 16, 2015. Showtime is 8 p.m. (Photo: © Scott Harrison).
The tour follows in the seismic wake of the release of Yankovic’s 14th studio album, Mandatory Fun (RCA/Sony). The album was released on July 15, 2014 and immediately shot to #1 Billboard, the first time in over 50 years that a comedy album has topped the charts, and the first time ever that a comedy album debuted in the top position. Mandatory Fun has also been nominated for a Grammy in the category of Best Comedy Album.
Special pre-sales will be held at weirdal.com starting Tuesday, Jan. 27 at 10am PT and through ticketmaster.com for Total Rewards members, the loyalty program of Planet Hollywood’s parent company Caesars Entertainment, starting Wednesday, Jan. 28 at 10am PT. Tickets go on sale to the public Friday, Jan. 30 at 10am PT.
Now in his fourth career decade, “Weird Al” Yankovic has won three Grammys (with 15 nominations) and countless accolades for classics like “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 over 46 million views in the first week. Yankovic also set the US record fort having the most tracks from one album on Spotify’s viral top 10 at one time, taking the first 4 spots. In addition, “Word Crimes” debuted in the Billboard Top 40, making Al one of only three people to have had Top 40 singles in each of the last four decades (the other two are Michael Jackson and Madonna).
Tickets are $59 and $89 (plus taxes and fees), and may be purchased in person at the Planet Hollywood Box Office, by calling (800) 745-3000 or online by visiting ticketmaster.com.