2012-09-28 / Entertainment/Lifestyles

Weird Al Returns To Westbury

“Weird Al” Yankovic returns to the NYCB Theatre at Westbury on Thursday, October 18 at 8 p.m. Singer, musician and songwriter, “Weird Al” Yankovic first started performing at the age of seven when he began to play the accordion and listen to folk music daily with his influential parents. Weird Al’s inspiration came from the Dr. Demento radio show where he was introduced to musicians and comedians like Stan Freberg, Spike Jones, and Allan Sherman. While a sophomore at Cal Poly at San Luis Obispo, Yankovic became a disc jockey at the university station KCPR. He was nicknamed “Weird Al’ by fellow students and took on the name professionally. Shortly before his senior year in 1979, Yankovic recorded “My Bologna,” a parody of The Knack’s popular hit, “My Sharona.” He sent it to Dr. Demento who played it on his radio show. Since then, he has sold 12 million albums, recorded more than 150 parody and original songs, and earned three Grammy Awards. He has received four Gold and six Platinum records. In 2011, he released his 13th studio album, “Alpocalypse.” He is best known for the song parodies “Eat It,” “Like a Surgeon,” “Fat,” and “Amish Paradise.” His most recent single is “Perform This Way,” a Lady Gaga parody.

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