Tickets are close to selling out for "Weird Al" Yankovic's July 18 appearance
In a town plastered with "Keep Portland Weird" bumper stickers — and parodies of "Keep Portland Weird" bumper stickers — it figures that "Weird Al" Yankovic should receive a warm welcome. Tickets have almost sold out for the master parodist's July 18 show, part of the Oregon Zoo's 2013 summer concert series.
Yankovic — who has sold more than 12 million records over the years — first rose to fame during the 1980s heyday of MTV, with songs and videos spoofing some of that era's biggest stars. He quickly became a star in his own right: "Like a Surgeon" was nearly as ubiquitous as the song that inspired it (Madonna's "Like a Virgin"), while "Eat It" (a food-obsessed parody of Michael Jackson's "Beat It") soared to No. 12 on the pop charts, earning the singer a gold record and a Grammy.
As the '80s waned, "Weird Al" remained a force, winning new generations of fans with witty pokes at grunge ("Smells Like Nirvana"), hip-hop (the platinum-selling "White and Nerdy") and just about everything else in the pop culture landscape. His most recent album, 2011's "Alpocalypse," was another Top 10 hit, spoofing the likes of Lady Gaga and Taylor Swift.
Tickets to the "Weird Al" concert can be purchased at the zoo or online at zooconcerts.com. The zoo's 2013 summer concert series runs through early September, with performances by Randy Newman, LeAnn Rimes, Indigo Girls, Trombone Shorty, Lee Brice, Los Lobos, Chris Isaak, the Doobie Brothers and more.
The next three concerts in the series — Old Crow Medicine Show, Ziggy Marley, and Huey Lewis and the News — have already sold out, and tickets for the rest of the lineup are going fast. See the full schedule and purchase tickets.
In a new offering this year, concert tickets will be good for zoo admission all day on the date of the show. Concerts begin at 7 p.m. unless otherwise noted; not every show has an opening act, so fans should make sure to arrive on time to make sure they don't miss part of the show.