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    Default Weird Al Yankovic Drops Michael Jackson Parodies From Set List

    The Grammy Award-winning humorist Weird Al Yankovic has dropped his pair of well-known Michael Jackson parodies — “Eat It” (“Beat It”) and “Fat” (“Bad”) from the set this time out, in the wake of HBO’s Leaving Neverland documentary and the controversy that followed. “I don’t know if that’s going to be permanent or not,” Yankovic tells Billboard, “but we just felt that with what’s happened recently with the HBO documentaries, we didn’t want anybody to feel uncomfortable. I felt I had enough fan favorites in the show that I could get away with it. I haven’t gotten a lot of pushback; There have been some people who have expressed disappointment, but we decided to err on the side of not offending people.”

    It does, however, waive of him of the responsibility for putting on the oversized "Fat" suit during shows in the summer heat. "It's still in storage," Yankovic says, "so it may come back some day. We'll see.

    "Meanwhile, Yankovic is enjoying the trek, inspired by his 2016 concerts at the Hollywood Bowl with the venue's orchestra. "It was just an overwhelming experience," Yankovic recalls. "I remember I got a little teary-eyed at one point, performing my Star Wars songs with this huge orchestra. I felt like I was inside the movie, and I told my manager afterwards, 'This is so great. Could we put together a whole tour like this?' And we managed to do it."

    Don't expect to see him donning a tuxedo and waving a baton, though. "I'm going to have more respect for our actual conductor and let him do the job," he says.
    The Strings Attached Tour is part of an eventful year for Yankovic -- coming 40 years after Dr. Demento gave him his first hit by playing "My Bologna" ("My Sharona") on his syndicated radio show. Coming on the heels of last year's "Hamilton Polka," Yankovic won his fifth Grammy Award earlier this year, for the art direction of his box set Squeeze Box. Besides the tour this year, Yankovic says he has another movie and TV show in development, though the parody songs are coming "at a much slower pace than I used to."

    "I'll get back into it at some point," Yankovic promises. "Every now and then a song will capture the zeitgeist and I'll think, 'Oh, I should do something with this.' Then I think, 'Eh, well maybe not.' I don't feel compelled to be as obsessed with the Billboard charts as I used to be. If a great idea strikes I'll certainly take advantage of it, but I'm not forcing myself to be creative, which I have done a few times in the past."
    What do you think of Al’s decision?

    Express your feeling to Al directly on Twitter. https://twitter.com/alyankovic

    https://www.billboard.com/articles/c...9H-2LklAZpiHMY

    If this in the wrong thread please move it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NatureCriminal7896 View Post
    The Grammy Award-winning humorist Weird Al Yankovic has dropped his pair of well-known Michael Jackson parodies — “Eat It” (“Beat It”) and “Fat” (“Bad”) from the set this time out, in the wake of HBO’s Leaving Neverland documentary and the controversy that followed. “I don’t know if that’s going to be permanent or not,” Yankovic tells Billboard, “but we just felt that with what’s happened recently with the HBO documentaries, we didn’t want anybody to feel uncomfortable. I felt I had enough fan favorites in the show that I could get away with it. I haven’t gotten a lot of pushback; There have been some people who have expressed disappointment, but we decided to err on the side of not offending people.”

    It does, however, waive of him of the responsibility for putting on the oversized "Fat" suit during shows in the summer heat. "It's still in storage," Yankovic says, "so it may come back some day. We'll see.

    "Meanwhile, Yankovic is enjoying the trek, inspired by his 2016 concerts at the Hollywood Bowl with the venue's orchestra. "It was just an overwhelming experience," Yankovic recalls. "I remember I got a little teary-eyed at one point, performing my Star Wars songs with this huge orchestra. I felt like I was inside the movie, and I told my manager afterwards, 'This is so great. Could we put together a whole tour like this?' And we managed to do it."

    Don't expect to see him donning a tuxedo and waving a baton, though. "I'm going to have more respect for our actual conductor and let him do the job," he says.
    The Strings Attached Tour is part of an eventful year for Yankovic -- coming 40 years after Dr. Demento gave him his first hit by playing "My Bologna" ("My Sharona") on his syndicated radio show. Coming on the heels of last year's "Hamilton Polka," Yankovic won his fifth Grammy Award earlier this year, for the art direction of his box set Squeeze Box. Besides the tour this year, Yankovic says he has another movie and TV show in development, though the parody songs are coming "at a much slower pace than I used to."

    "I'll get back into it at some point," Yankovic promises. "Every now and then a song will capture the zeitgeist and I'll think, 'Oh, I should do something with this.' Then I think, 'Eh, well maybe not.' I don't feel compelled to be as obsessed with the Billboard charts as I used to be. If a great idea strikes I'll certainly take advantage of it, but I'm not forcing myself to be creative, which I have done a few times in the past."
    What do you think of Al’s decision?

    Express your feeling to Al directly on Twitter. https://twitter.com/alyankovic

    https://www.billboard.com/articles/c...9H-2LklAZpiHMY

    If this in the wrong thread please move it.
    These people are really desperate. Did Weird AL do this just recently or months ago. MSM saw how Michael was honored on June 25 and how their Mute MJ did NOT work. Now in their desperation, they are trying to save face and come up with BS articles which mean absolutely nothing in diminishing Michael’s legacy. Don’t allow these idiots to manipulate you into thinking otherwise. It’s propaganda that MSM has been doing for 40+ years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by somewhereinthedark View Post
    These people are really desperate. Did Weird AL do this just recently or months ago. MSM saw how Michael was honored on June 25 and how their Mute MJ did NOT work. Now in their desperation, they are trying to save face and come up with BS articles which mean absolutely nothing in diminishing Michael’s legacy. Don’t allow these idiots to manipulate you into thinking otherwise. It’s propaganda that MSM has been doing for 40+ years.
    Bingo. And Tuesday celebration proved all love for MJ. And to Al, you are ALWAYs going to offend. Now look by not doing MJ will offend. Ask Q.
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    Personally, I really don't care what Weird Al decides to do with his "show." Sorry but ain't nobody out there checking for Weird Al.

    After what we all witnessed on June 25, 2019 and the UNIVERSAL LOVE we saw on display for Michael Jackson, in my opinion, Weird Al is just one leaf, amongst a bunch of trees.

    P.S. It doesn't even seem like Weird Al made this decision for himself. The decision was most likely made by his "people," because of WHOM his audience is. When nobody is looking, those 2 songs will be added right back into Weird Al's rotation. Mark My Words!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Big Apple NYC View Post
    Personally, I really don't care what Weird Al decides to do with his "show." Sorry but ain't nobody out there checking for Weird Al.

    After what we all witnessed on June 25, 2019 and the UNIVERSAL LOVE we saw on display for Michael Jackson, in my opinion, Weird Al is just one leaf, amongst a bunch of trees.

    P.S. It doesn't even seem like Weird Al made this decision for himself. The decision was most likely made by his "people," because of WHOM his audience is. When nobody is looking, those 2 songs will be added right back into Weird Al's rotation. Mark My Words!!!
    I agree. FTR, who cares about or what Weird AL is doing? Again, I ask the question, did Weird Al do this months ago, or since June 25t? Billboard and other MSM media are DESPERATELY digging up old articles to try and diminish the overwhelming outpouring of love and support that was evident WORLDWIDE on June 25th. These morons never expected to see that and now they are desperately flailing around trying to find any little thing. Pathetic!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by somewhereinthedark View Post
    I agree. FTR, who cares about or what Weird AL is doing? Again, I ask the question, did Weird Al do this months ago, or since June 25t? Billboard and other MSM media are DESPERATELY digging up old articles to try and diminish the overwhelming outpouring of love and support that was evident WORLDWIDE on June 25th. These morons never expected to see that and now they are desperately flailing around trying to find any little thing. Pathetic!!
    I have no idea, but I will say this: I would not be surprised if Billboard called up Weird Al, knowing that he covers MJ's songs, and asked him if he is STILL performing said songs.

    Although Weird Al has been around for a minute, he is certainly no Superstar, and a call like that could certainly rattle the cage of him and/or his people. Especially as I said previously, knowing who his TARGET AUDIENCE is. And like you said, "the media is desperate."

    Sorry Media, but on June 25th: THE PEOPLE SPOKE AND THERE IS NOTHING YOU CAN DO ABOUT IT!!!!!!

    Disclaimer: The only songs I know that Weird Al performs, are the MJ's songs. I certainly know him, but I don't really know any of his other songs. Sorry Weird Al. LOL.

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    I wanna tell Weird Al about how I feel about his decision, but I can’t, because my Twitter account is still locked and I’m about to hate it if I don’t find a way to unlock it and get it back with that stupid phone number verification.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Big Apple NYC View Post
    Sorry but ain't nobody out there checking for Weird Al.
    If nobody is checking for Al, how can he have a tour in the first place? Al's first single came out around 1979. He's lasted longer than a lot of the acts he made parodies of. His most known parody is White And Nerdy, and he's even done a Epic Rap Battles Of History and ERB videos are really popular.

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    Prince has always refused, Michael should have done the same.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DuranDuran View Post
    If nobody is checking for Al, how can he have a tour in the first place? Al's first single came out around 1979. He's lasted longer than a lot of the acts he made parodies of. His most known parody is White And Nerdy, and he's even done a Epic Rap Battles Of History and ERB videos are really popular.
    Oh Please!!!

    Aside from THIS article, when was the last time you heard ANYTHING regarding Weird Al in the News, Blogs, Twitter Trending, Instagram, Facebook, etc.? Unless, of course, you are a fan, then you would know everything about him and what he's been up to. LOL.

    The article posted above, is the first time I've heard ANYTHING regarding Weird Al in a dog's age and I'm sure I'm not alone in that assessment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VictorMacBernik View Post
    Prince has always refused, Michael should have done the same.
    He has Grammys because of MJ and MJ's songs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by terrell View Post
    He has Grammys because of MJ and MJ's songs.
    Very interesting! I had no idea.

    I know MJ enjoyed Weird Al's work, but they were just TOO silly for me. I totally understand why Prince declined

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    Oh Please!!!

    Aside from THIS article, when was the last time you heard ANYTHING regarding Weird Al in the News, Blogs, Twitter Trending, Instagram, Facebook, etc.? Unless, of course, you are a fan, then you would know everything about him and what he's been up to. LOL.

    The article posted above, is the first time I've heard ANYTHING regarding Weird Al in a dog's age and I'm sure I'm not alone in that assessment.
    The old I don't listen to it, so nobody else does either. People on this site say they don't know Garth Brooks & Drake. Garth has 7 albums that went diamond in the US, nobody else has done that. Not Mike, The Beatles, Eagles, Madonna, Bon Jovi, Mariah Carey, etc. If nobody knows Weird Al, then how come his videos on Youtube has many millions of views. Why would the media be talking about Al a lot? The mainstream media mostly focuses on bad news and dirt. That's why people watch TMZ & Wendy Williams or look at the Lipstick Alley site. Notice the media wasn't really talking about Bill Cosby until the allegations against him started to happen. They talk about a feud between Taylor Swift & Nicki Minaj. Al doesn't have any scandals. If being mentioned a lot is criteria for you, then I guess you must like the Kardashian family. Hardly a day goes by without one of them being talked about on TV. They became a thing because of Kim's sex tape. So a scandal made her famous.

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    Michael had sense of humor when it came to somethings.



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    In all honesty, I understand WHY he did it. I personally don't think he agrees with anything that's been going on in regards to LN. However, Yes, he's still around, has his own hugely successful Disney show, has a pretty decent fanbase, and has kept his MJ Songs in his setlists up until literally a week ago. He's actually gotten some flack from his OWN fans about removing the MJ parodies. Nevertheless, it's the same reason why Drake removed his MJ collab from his shows. More along the lines of not offending anyone, rather than completely disowning MJ and his legacy. The neutral route. Yes, it's career protection ultimately, but hey, he's gotta eat too. I don't have a problem with the guy

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