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'Weird Al' Yankovic: Fans want him for the Super Bowl
CS Monitor ^ | 08/07/2014 | By Molly Driscoll

Posted on 08/25/2014 8:50:22 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

Beyonce, Bruno Mars… 'Weird Al' Yankovic?

If more than 67,000 petition signers have their way, the parody singer will join the list of artists who have performed at the Super Bowl. The petition, started by Ed Ball of Washington State, was created on Change.org and is addressed to the NFL.

“For decades Weird Al has entertained fans, young and old, with his popular clever parodies and unique sense of humor,” Ball’s petition reads. “Having him headline the Super Bowl XLIX Halftime Show... would remain true to the standards and quality of the show business we have come to love and respect out of this prestigious event… The theatrics alone would be hilarious and a welcoming change, and draw a wider audience of fans that typically would not tune into the championship game or half-time show.”

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TOPICS: Music/Entertainment; Society; Sports; TV/Movies
KEYWORDS: superbowl; weirdalyankovic

1 posted on 08/25/2014 8:50:22 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

He puts a helluva concert designed for all ages.


2 posted on 08/25/2014 8:53:01 AM PDT by Slyfox (Satan's goal is to rub out the image of God he sees in the face of every human.)
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To: SeekAndFind
Why not? He'd be a lot more fun than Beyonce.
3 posted on 08/25/2014 8:53:04 AM PDT by fatnotlazy
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To: SeekAndFind
He's better than most of the half-time “performers.”
4 posted on 08/25/2014 8:53:35 AM PDT by Cowboy Bob (They are called "Liberals" because the word "parasite" was already taken.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Him instead of Miley or Bieber or some random rap artist. I might actually watch part of the Super Bowl this year.


5 posted on 08/25/2014 8:57:32 AM PDT by Svartalfiar
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To: fatnotlazy

Fun and the NFL do not go together.


6 posted on 08/25/2014 8:59:19 AM PDT by Fair Paul
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To: SeekAndFind

My husband signed up for it first thing. Of course. He made sure to watch each video as it came out after buying the last album so he was up on the news.


7 posted on 08/25/2014 9:02:05 AM PDT by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue./Federal-run medical care is as good as state-run DMVs.)
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To: Fair Paul

The NFL now wants the artists to pay THEM for the “privilege” of appearing. Al seems like way too smart a guy to fall for that deal.

No doubt we’ll end up with the most desperate no-talent rapper or has-been with money in the bank, desperate to try and restart a career.


8 posted on 08/25/2014 9:02:17 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: SeekAndFind

why not? the nfl went the way of professional wrestling a few years ago. it’s all spectacle, no sport.


9 posted on 08/25/2014 9:04:31 AM PDT by JohnBrowdie (http://forum.stink-eye.net)
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To: SeekAndFind; All

Well, if you want me and my family to watch it — Try Garth Brooks, he’s touring again.

Otherwise, heat up the queso dip and wings we are all heading for the kitchen and we will be back “after” the half time show.


10 posted on 08/25/2014 9:04:33 AM PDT by areukiddingme1 (areukiddingme1 is a synonym for a Retired U.S. Navy Chief Petty Officer and tired of liberal BS.))
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To: fatnotlazy

Let’s just hope there’s no “wardrobe malfunction”.


11 posted on 08/25/2014 9:05:01 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: Buckeye McFrog

“...desperate to try and restart a career...”

Oh no...MC Hammer is going to be the half time show.


12 posted on 08/25/2014 9:06:19 AM PDT by areukiddingme1 (areukiddingme1 is a synonym for a Retired U.S. Navy Chief Petty Officer and tired of liberal BS.))
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To: Buckeye McFrog; Fair Paul

Forbes Magazine made this observation:

Yankovic is a savvy businessman, with a three-decade track record of persuading better-known artists to let him adapt their work.

Just as Weird Al copies other people’s ideas and builds on them, you can copy his strategies to grow your own business.

There are three main types of growth: differentiation, replication and appropriation. Most of the time, we talk about differentiation, where firms create new products and seek out new markets. The second type, replication, seeks growth through copying existing business models and products; franchising is the most common example.

The third type of growth, appropriation — this is where Weird Al comes in — uses strategic alliances and partnerships to generate value through new products and new markets, using others’ skills and resources.

Weird Al, has promoted his career by seeking approval from every musician he spoofs. In other words, he BUILDS on the success of others while creating his own MARKET NICHE.

He’s not desperate to go on the Superbowl and he doesn’t need it.

Thirty years of success in the business proves that his system works.


13 posted on 08/25/2014 9:06:34 AM PDT by SeekAndFind (If at first you don't succeed, put it out for beta test.)
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To: MrB

RE: Let’s just hope there’s no “wardrobe malfunction”.

Believe me, there will be if Weird Al performs, but it will be a “malfunction” you would never expect.... an innovative one.

I would really watch in anticipation...


14 posted on 08/25/2014 9:08:18 AM PDT by SeekAndFind (If at first you don't succeed, put it out for beta test.)
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To: Slyfox

Met him before a concert in California when he was going out on a jet ski with his then girlfriend. Very polite and gracious , took a picture with my kids which me still have.


15 posted on 08/25/2014 9:08:46 AM PDT by Kozak ("It may be dangerous to be America's enemy, but to be America's friend is fatal" Henry Kissinger)
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To: SeekAndFind

Either Al or perhaps Cletus Judd!


16 posted on 08/25/2014 9:08:50 AM PDT by rfreedom4u (Your feelings don't trump my free speech!)
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To: Slyfox

“He puts a helluva concert designed for all ages.”

I fully agree, having seen his “Poodle Hat” tour at Myrtle Beach House of Blues a while back. His professional band has backed him up for decades and includes several excellent jazz musicians. Plus he did all of the costume changes, including the “Fat” suit.


17 posted on 08/25/2014 9:09:38 AM PDT by rhoda_penmark
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To: SeekAndFind

I was a DJ in DC in 1979-1980 and my station aired Dr. Demento. Weird Al had just come out with “My Bologna” (My Sharona by The Knack) It was our #1 requested song for weeks.


18 posted on 08/25/2014 9:10:39 AM PDT by albie
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19 posted on 08/25/2014 9:11:08 AM PDT by DJ MacWoW (The Fed Gov is not one ring to rule them all)
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To: albie

I believe you mean it “reigned atop The Funny Five.”


20 posted on 08/25/2014 9:12:51 AM PDT by Hegewisch Dupa
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To: MrB

One of the best things Weird Al does is to parody the Artist when he creates his work. A “wardrobe malfunction” not in the terms of what has happened but a parody of supposed “wardrobe malfunction” would be one of the better things could add to his show at the Super Bowl. For the humor and cleverness Weird Al brings to the table, that would be a show I would watch, record and if it was up to his standards keep. On the other hand if the NFL gets too overbearing on his show, should he have one, then Al needs to walk away singing (from one of his better songs and my all time fav break up song) “I’d rather jump naked into a pool of double edged razor blades then spend one more minute with you...”


21 posted on 08/25/2014 9:12:53 AM PDT by zaxtres
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To: SeekAndFind

If Wierd Al is the halftime event, I’ll watch Superbowl halftime for the first time....ever!


22 posted on 08/25/2014 9:16:58 AM PDT by Da Coyote
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To: SeekAndFind

You want a half-time show that the whole family can watch and enjoy, bring on King George - George Strait!

Anyone else and I will do this year, exactly what I have done the last four years - get snacks, take a quick nap and/or throw the football around with the kids.


23 posted on 08/25/2014 9:18:22 AM PDT by ExTxMarine (PRAYER: It's the only HOPE for real CHANGE in America!)
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To: SeekAndFind

oh now THERE’S a concept! entertainment at half time!


24 posted on 08/25/2014 9:20:10 AM PDT by camle (keep an open mind and someone will fill it full of something for you)
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To: Kozak; rhoda_penmark
He was offered a multi-million dollar deal from a major beer manufacturer but turned it down because he said that most of his fans aren't old enough to legally drink beer.

Gotta like him for that.

25 posted on 08/25/2014 9:21:02 AM PDT by Slyfox (Satan's goal is to rub out the image of God he sees in the face of every human.)
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To: Slyfox

I like it!


26 posted on 08/25/2014 9:22:56 AM PDT by BunnySlippers (I LOVE BULL MARKETS . . .)
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To: SeekAndFind
Weird Al, has promoted his career by seeking approval from every musician he spoofs.

That is what I like about Weird Al. He has written many parody songs and always sends them to the original artist to get their approval before releasing them to the public.

For a guy with some serious writing talent and mediocre singing talent, carefully packaged for a "market niche," he really is a smart, savvy, businessman - with lots of respect for the very people and business that he parodies!
27 posted on 08/25/2014 9:26:00 AM PDT by ExTxMarine (PRAYER: It's the only HOPE for real CHANGE in America!)
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To: SeekAndFind

I’m in only if he performs Amish Paradise.


28 posted on 08/25/2014 9:27:54 AM PDT by Rebelbase
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To: ExTxMarine

Saw him in Nashville this past March. Best concert I have ever been to. Best of the ten or eleven Strait shows I have attended in my life too.


29 posted on 08/25/2014 9:28:54 AM PDT by Sybeck1 (Remember Mississippi!)
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To: SeekAndFind
I've loved Weird Al's work since I was a kid - "Another One Rides The Bus", "Yoda" (sung to "Lola"), "Eat It" - the man's a genius and I bless Dr. Demento for having introduced me to Weird Al and his accordion.

That said, he's too small-time for the Super Bowl - at this point the NFL is thinking about charging major stars like Coldplay to perform at the Super Bowl half-time show.

Still, it'd be fun to see and hear...."I haven't been in a crowd like this since I went to see The Who".
30 posted on 08/25/2014 9:36:47 AM PDT by AnotherUnixGeek
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To: albie
I was a DJ in DC in 1979-1980

Howard Stern, is that you?


31 posted on 08/25/2014 9:40:35 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Sybeck1

I did everything I could to get my hands on two tickets for his “Cowboy Rides Away” Tour, but I think I had a better chance of getting 50-yardline Super Bowl tickets!

There was not a single person who was willing to part with their tickets - regardless of the price I offered! IT SUCKED!

I only saw him in concert once, back in 1988 - it was awesome then, so I can only imagine how great a concert with all of his 50+ #1 hits scattered throughout the show would have been!!


32 posted on 08/25/2014 9:45:06 AM PDT by ExTxMarine (PRAYER: It's the only HOPE for real CHANGE in America!)
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To: ExTxMarine

I bought a pair of tickets off Stubhub for over $400, but it was worth every penny of it.

He got on the stage at nine and told us he hoped we were in no hurry to go nowhere, because it 11:30 when he left the stage. He did over 35 songs and 3 duets with Kenny Chesney, Eric Church and Cheryl Crow. My wife and I are so glad we did it, it was one for the ages. It’s on youtube, and I hope they release a DVD for his last concert at Jerry’s house.


33 posted on 08/25/2014 9:59:01 AM PDT by Sybeck1 (Remember Mississippi!)
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To: Slyfox

Some of Weird Al’s fans are old enough to drink beer. I’m 65, been listening ever since “I Love Rocky Road”, and love his sendup of “Royals” (”Aluminum Foil”) which segues into his exposing the Illuminati, after which he is tranked & dragged away.

LOL!


34 posted on 08/25/2014 10:15:28 AM PDT by elcid1970 ("In the modern world, Muslims are living fossils.")
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To: elcid1970

Weird Al used to play summer shows at the old Station Square Ampitheatre here in Pittsburgh, a tentlike structure that put one in mind of Oktoberfest with all the beer a-flowin.

Sadly it is gone. Replaced by a minor-league soccer stadium.


35 posted on 08/25/2014 10:19:54 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Slyfox

I agree no more RAP. And I grew up loving Rap. Pink Floyd is releasing a new album sometime in Oct. Want to Blow away the world (No pun intended) have Floyd do the Half time Show.


36 posted on 08/25/2014 10:24:52 AM PDT by crazydad (Obamamohamed is a traitor)
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To: SeekAndFind

I’m for it. Weird Al would be a lot more entertaining than all those self-important stars we normally see. He’d be funny and has some great new parodies out now.


37 posted on 08/25/2014 10:28:06 AM PDT by Will88
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To: elcid1970
My daughter introduced me to Weird Al when she was in college. I lived through the 1970s absolutely hating rock music. But Al gave me an appreciation for it through his parodies. In fact, we got all his CDs and it made road trips a real bast.

But then, we would hear the original song that he had parodied and I would look at my better half and say, "Weird Al's version is much better than that.

"UHF" is one of my five movies I would want on a desert island.

38 posted on 08/25/2014 10:28:07 AM PDT by Slyfox (Satan's goal is to rub out the image of God he sees in the face of every human.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Would fit perfectly, as the NFL is now a parody of a sport.


39 posted on 08/25/2014 10:49:09 AM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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To: SeekAndFind

A weird Al wardrobe malfunction would be family friendly for sure....


40 posted on 08/25/2014 11:20:39 AM PDT by GraceG (No, My Initials are not A.B.)
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To: Slyfox

Did “UHF include Weird Al’s game show “WHEEL...OF....FISH!!!!”

Or was that where he played the space alien “Cabbage Man”?

;^)


41 posted on 08/25/2014 12:11:10 PM PDT by elcid1970 ("In the modern world, Muslims are living fossils.")
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To: elcid1970
Wheel of Fish

Spatula City

The Flying Poodles

"Who wants to drink from the Fire Hose?"

~ All of them Comic Gold.

42 posted on 08/25/2014 1:22:43 PM PDT by Slyfox (Satan's goal is to rub out the image of God he sees in the face of every human.)
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To: SeekAndFind; Svartalfiar

How about Weird Al and Miley, the two could have a twerk off.


43 posted on 08/25/2014 1:29:16 PM PDT by BBell (I'm cynical and sarcastic and therefore I love Ann Coulter)
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To: SeekAndFind

Heck ya. I’d even watch it (for the first time).

He’s an entertainer, not a celebrity!!


44 posted on 08/25/2014 1:49:29 PM PDT by KosmicKitty (Liberals claim to want to hear other views, but then are shocked to discover there are other views)
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To: SeekAndFind

He should sing sing the National Anthem. he would do a better job than the last 10 who yodeled the Anthem.


45 posted on 08/25/2014 2:16:43 PM PDT by castlegreyskull
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