I was lucky to attend the Denver Ill-Advised Vanity Tour. It was another sold out show in what was described as an intimate, stripped down tour that would appeal to the hardcore “Weird Al” fans. Well, there a certainly a lot of hardcore fans in Denver! The Paramount Theater is where he had performed with full theatrics in 2015 and in 2018 it was packed with people excited to hear everything but the “hits”.
Al sat perched on a stool and joked about needing oxygen backstage at previous stops in Denver. This time he thought he’d be okay since there would be a lot less running around. Getting to listen to his original material was such a fun experience! There were songs I’d see him perform before (One More Minute), songs I hadn’t thought about in a while but really enjoy (Why Does This Always Happen to Me?), songs I never thought I’d get to see live (UHF!), and epic fan favorites (Biggest Ball of Twine in Minnesota.) Plus, every show ends with a cover song and Denver got “It’s the End of the World as We Know It” which Al pulled off spectacularly.
After the show I attended the meet & greet. I debated for a while on what I would have signed but settled on an old photo of myself as a young teenager meeting Al. I have so many fond memories of “Weird Al” concerts and waiting around after the shows to meet the band. Here I am, over 20 years later, doing the same thing! Like most Al fans, I have followed his career for a long time and am excited to see the way it changes and grows. My vote for the next tour is to strip it down even more, no songs! Just Al and the band telling stories about the music and various backstage antics!
Oh, and I let Al know he’s invited to Fest of Al and he said he is honored! Thanks Al! We hope to see you there!