“Weird Al” Yankovic has revealed plans for his upcoming 2019 tour, titled Strings Attached. Labeled a “Rock and comedy symphonic experience” the tour will feature a symphony playing a variety of Yankovic’s hits.
According to Rolling Stone, the cover song genius announced the tour in an Instagram post and wrote that tour dates will be revealed in two weeks. He also went on to describe the tour and how it would be different from his 2018 tour, the Ridiculously Ill-Advised Vanity Tour.”
During his most recent tour, the performer decided to go for a stripped-down show and focused on some of his less known songs. For Strings Attached, Yankovic said that he will be bringing back the bombastic show, complete with the costumes and hits, such as his Michael Jackson “Beat It” parody, “Eat It.”
Yankovic also discussed the setup for his touring band. Joining him will be long-time bandmates, Jon “Bermuda” Schwartz, Steve Jay, Jim West and Ruben Valtierra. However, for the first time, he will be bringing along backup singers Lisa Popeil, Monique Donnelly and Scottie Haskell. All three women have worked on many of his studio albums but have never joined him on a tour.
According to Yankovic, he’s not going to bring an entire orchestra on the road. Instead, they plan on finding a local symphony during each tour date but will make up a band of local musicians if needed.
“No, we’re not cramming an orchestra on our bus – it’ll be a different orchestra in every city,” Yankovic wrote in his post. “Sometimes it will be a ‘branded’ local orchestra (like, say, the Colorado Symphony), and other times we’ll basically just be putting together our own orchestra with local musicians.
While Yankovic is planning a new tour he hasn’t promised any new music saying, “Inspiration could strike tomorrow and I might have something out next month. There’s no plan. It’s just going to be whenever it winds up being.”
His last album was his fourteenth studio album, Mandatory Fun, which was released in 2014. The album was the first of his records to top the charts, debuting at #1 on the Billboard 200.
Instead of making new music, Yankovic seems to be happy touring. He wrapped up his Ridiculously Ill-Advised Vanity Tour in June, where he played lesser-known songs and even did a cover of a Foo Fighters song “This Is A Call.”
He has also been seen performing with Weezer as they reintroduce the world to the Toto classic “Africa.” In August, he performed with Weezer during a live performance and even appeared with the band during their music video for the song.
Tour dates for Strings Attached will be revealed on November 12.
Weeks after the announcement of the Strings Attached tour Pitchfork has revealed the full concert schedule. The tour will begin in June of 2019 and will continue up to September.
Full schedule listed below.
06/05 Clearwater, FL @ Ruth Eckerd Hall
06/06 Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Broward Center for the Performing Arts
06/08 Melbourne, FL @ Maxwell C. King Center for the Performing Arts
06/09 St. Augustine, FL @ St. Augustine Amphitheatre
06/10 Orlando, FL @ Hard Rock Live
06/13 New Orleans, LA @ Saenger Theatre
06/14 Irving, TX @ The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory
06/15 The Woodlands, TX @ Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
06/16 San Antonio, TX @ Majestic Theatre
06/18 Austin, TX @ Bass Concert Hall
06/20 Memphis, TN @ Orpheum Theatre 06-21 Oklahoma City, OK – Zoo Amphitheatre
06/22 St. Louis, MO @ Fabulous Fox Theatre
06/23 Madison, WI @ Overture Center for the Arts
06/25 Roanoke, VA @ Berglund Performing Arts Theatre
06/27 Richmond, VA @ Virginia Credit Union LIVE!
06/28 Simpsonville, SC @ Heritage Park Amphitheatre
06/29 Nashville, TN @ Ascend Amphitheatre
06/30 Atlanta, GA @ State Bank Amphitheatre at Chastain Park
07/02 Ft. Wayne, IN @ Foellinger Theatre
07/03 Kettering, OH @ Fraze Pavilion
07/05 Rochester Hills, MI @ Meadow Brook Amphitheatre
07/06 Cleveland, OH @ KeyBank State Theatre at Playhouse Square
07/07 Pittsburgh, PA @ Benedum Center for the Performing Arts
07/08 Toronto, Ontario @ Budweiser Stage
07/11 Syracuse, NY @ Landmark Theatre
07/12 Philadelphia, PA @ Metropolitan Opera House
07/13 Cary, NC @ Koka Booth Amphitheatre
07/14 Charlotte, NC @ Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre
07/16 Vienna, VA @ Wolf Trap
07/18 Gilford, NH @ Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion
07/19 Mashantucket, CT @ Foxwoods Resort Casino
07/20 New York, NY @ Forest Hills Stadium
07/21 Boston, MA @ Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
07/23 Lewiston, NY @ Artpark Amphitheatre
07/26 Grand Rapids, MI @ DeVos Performance Hall
07/27 Milwaukee, WI @ Miller High Life Theatre
07/28 Highland Park, IL @ Ravinia Festival
07/30 Cedar Rapids, IA @ McGrath Amphitheatre
07/31 Lincoln, NE @ Pinewood Bowl Theater
08/01 Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre
08/03 Phoenix, AZ @ Comerica Theatre
08/04 San Diego, CA @ San Diego Civic Theatre
08/07 Las Vegas, NV @ The Smith Center for the Performing Arts
08/08 Costa Mesa, CA @ Pacific Amphitheatre
08/09 Berkeley, CA @ Greek Theatre
08/10 Los Angeles, CA @ Greek Theatre
08/11 Sacramento, CA @ Memorial Auditorium
08/13 Wenatchee, WA @ Town Toyota Center
08/14 Troutdale, OR @ Edgefield
08/16-17 Seattle, WA @ Paramount Theatre
08/19 Vancouver, BC @ Queen Elizabeth Theatre
08/21 Victoria, BC @ Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre
08/22 Abbotsford, BC @ Abbotsford Centre
08/24 Calgary, AB @ Jack Singer Concert Hall
08/25 Billings, MT @ Rimrock Auto Arena
08/26 Bismarck, ND @ Bismarck Event Center
08/29 Indianapolis, IN @ Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn at White River State Park
08/30 Peoria, IL @ Peoria Civic Center
08/31 Kansas City, MO @ Starlight Theatre
09/01 North Little Rock, AR @ Verizon Arena