Almost four years after his first foray into unfamiliar concert territory with his highly-acclaimed Ridiculously Self-Indulgent, Ill-Advised Vanity Tour, “Weird Al” Yankovic will be pressing his luck again, this time with The Unfortunate Return of the Ridiculously Self-Indulgent, Ill-Advised Vanity Tour. The tour will launch on April 23, 2022, and run through North America for six months and a staggering 133 shows, culminating in New York City on Oct. 29 with Weird Al’s first-ever concert appearance at Carnegie Hall.
The tour makes a stop at The Mendel Center in Benton Harbor, Michigan, for one performance only on Friday, August 26, at 8 pm.
The tour marks Weird Al’s long-anticipated return to the concert stage after his hugely successful Strings Attached Tour in 2019 where he performed each night alongside a full symphony orchestra at world-renowned venues such as New York’s Forest Hills Stadium, Colorado’s Red Rocks Amphitheatre and Washington D.C.’s Wolf Trap.
Once again drawing from his back catalogue of 14 studio albums, Weird Al promises to deliver a different set list every night, with no two shows the same. As before, rather than focusing on the hits from his career, the show will feature Yankovic’s non-parody material – the somewhat more obscure pastiches and original songs that have largely escaped the pop culture radar but are adored by his long-time fans. And like the last Vanity Tour, he will be playing smaller, more intimate venues, leaving behind the high-octane theatrics that he’s known for and going bare-bones – no costumes, no props, no video screens… just Al and his band of almost four decades hanging out on stage, playing music.
Reflecting on his decision to bring back the stripped-down concerts, Al said “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!”
Opening the show each night will be returning fan favorite and Al’s long-time friend (and UHF cast member), the legendary comedian Emo Philips.
“Weird Al” Yankovic is the biggest-selling comedy recording artist of all time. A five-time Grammy winner, his 2014 release Mandatory Fun was the first comedy album in history to debut at #1 on Billboard’s Top 200. He is one of only five artists to have had Top 40 singles in each of the last four decades, the other four being Michael Jackson, Madonna, U2, and Kenny G. On August 27, 2018 the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce awarded Weird Al with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Reserved seat tickets for “Weird Al” Yankovic go on sale Friday, December 10, at 10 am. and start at $42. Tickets are available at www.TheMendelCenter.com and through The Mendel Center box office at (269) 927-8700, option 1 weekdays from 2 to 6 pm, and one hour before show times.
All dates for The Unfortunate Return of the Ridiculously Self-Indulgent, Ill-Advised Vanity Tour are listed at weirdal.com.
COVID-19 Requirements for this Performance
All adult guests must be fully vaccinated or show proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of the concert to enter the theatre and must present digital or physical proof at the door. “Fully vaccinated” means having received your final dose at least two weeks prior to the concert.
Obtaining a negative COVID-19 test can be done by visiting any local pharmacy in your area that provides free (or paid) Covid testing. You will receive your results within 48 hours via email, so to be safe you should have the test administered exactly three days prior to the concert.
Guests over 18 must present valid ID matching the names on their vaccination or negative test documentation.
Children under 12 must show proof of a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours. Masks may be required depending on local requirements or other current health factors at the time of the concert; please check the Venue Event Page for this concert within a week of the concert for mask requirements.
The Lake Michigan College COVID-19 policy for campus visitors currently includes mandated masks while indoors and social distancing whenever possible. Participation in public events is voluntary. Lake Michigan College cannot guarantee that patrons in attendance will not become infected with COVID-19. Patrons assume all risks for attending. If a change in the local public health landscape results in adjustments to the policy and/or event format, ticket holders will be notified via email as soon as possible.