“Weird” Al Yankovic brought his Mandatory Fun tour into a packed Proctors Theatre on Saturday September 17. Weird Al has toured since the 1980’s and this is the first time he had ever performed in Schenectady and he did not disappoint.
The crowd was alive and buzzing with anticipation before the show. Many in the audience wore different costumes that represented different stages of Al’s career. From the Devo inspired one piece suits to full on Amish clothes, the atmosphere combined a concert and Comic-Con.
The show started with a video intro and went into Al walking through the concourse while singing the opening number “Tacky” walking through the crowd to the stage. The show continued for the next two plus hours with Al and his band performing at 100 miles an hour rolling through thirty years of hit songs. The show itself featured video clips and more costume changes than a Vegas drag queen show.
One of the more unique points in the show was an “Unplugged” session where he performed a variety of songs in the classic “MTV Unplugged” setting of him and his band sitting on stools surrounded by candles while acoustically playing songs including “Eat It.”
He ended the show by bringing storm troopers, Darth Vader and R2-D2 on stage while he performed his Star Wars inspired hits “The Saga Begins” and “Yoda.” For a band that has been out on the road performing for over 30 years, I would dare to say they would give any “young” band a real run for their money.
Setlist: Intro (Fun Zone / Intro Clips), Tacky, Lame Claim to Fame, Now That’s What I Call Polka! (Wrecking Ball/Pumped Up Kicks/Best Song Ever/Gangnam Style/Call Me Maybe/Scream & Shout/Somebody that I used to know/The One You Won’t Forget/I’m Sexy & I Know It/Thrift Shop/Get Lucky), Perform This Way, Dare to Be Stupid, Fat, First World Problems, Foil, Smells Like Nirvana, Party in the CIA / It’s All About the Pentiums / Handy / Bedrock Anthem / Another One Rides the Bus / Ode to a Superhero / Gump / Inactive / eBay, Canadian Idiot, Wanna B Ur Lovr, Eat It / I Lost on Jeopardy / I Love Rocky Road / Like a Surgeon (TV Shows / Rock & Roll Jeopardy), White & Nerdy, Word Crimes, Amish Paradise
Encore: Cheer / Piano Solo, We All Have Cell Phones, The Saga Begins, Yoda (with Yoda Chant)