Weird Al Yankovic is in the middle of his 2019 North American tour — with a very noticeable setlist alteration.
The “Strings Attached” tour features a full symphony orchestra and no Michael Jackson-inspired songs.
Yankovic rose to fame through parody songs “Eat It” and “Fat,” but after Leaving Neverland aired, these spoofs are missing from the tour setlist. Yankovic explained in a recent interview that he’s trying to be respectful by not performing the songs.
Right now, he has no idea if the decision to remove the parodies will be permanent, but felt it was the most respectful thing to do.
“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.”
Leaving Neverland aired on HBO earlier this year, revealing a stunning story of alleged child sexual abuse. The four-hour account of sexual abuse from Wade Robson and James Safechuck provoked a massive lawsuit from the Jackson Estate.
Regardless, much of Hollywood is now pulling back from any affiliation with Jackson. Quincy Jones, who produced many of Jackson’s most iconic hits, dropped Jackson entirely from his recent tour. The producers of The Simpsons decided to stop airing a 1991 episode featuring Jackson. Even Drake removed covers of Michael Jackson songs from his tour setlist.
Yankovic kicked off his 2019 tour in Clearwater, FL and will be touring throughout the summer. Yankovic’s last show was in Atlanta before moving on to Ohio and the rest of the Midwest.
Weird Al Yankovic – Upcoming Strings Attached Tour Dates
- 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
The “Strings Attached” tour has dates through September. For more tour dates, check out Weird Al’s website.