I've been in self-quarantine from the forum, podcast, twitter and articles on this tour since 02 began in order to avoid spoilers, so I have a lot of catching up to do now.
I did know the following facts going into the show tonight: - The run time would be 90 minutes, since that's all they could budget for the orchestras each night - The usual 81 Wars encore was back, and Michael Jackson songs were gone - Weasel Stomping Day would make its first appearance that was spoiled on the podcast by Jim West long before the tour started and Jurassic Wlth was on the set not really a surprise since it's an orchestral one - There was a 20 minute opener.
More on that below. I was surprised to hear that, Sweet wives want sex South Gloucestershire from the way Al talked about that song on the Vanity tour, he didn't think general audiences could sit still for a 10 minute non-parody oonly about riding a bus, but I also know this one is close to Al's heart. It was also a very hot day today. Not as hot as predicted, but I was still a bit worried going in.
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When I left my house around pm it actually didn't seem THAT bad out, and the seats I had which were towards the top but dead center actually worked out nicely, since there was a good breeze up there. At one point during the show, Al said "is it just me, or is it a bit toasty in here? I was expecting this 20 minute opener to just be the 5 of them performing some songs that didn't utilize the orchestra. I figured with the 90 minute limit on them, this would round it out to a 2 hour show and let Al fit in a couple extra songs.
I was very surprised to see that it was actually the opposite - The Queens Symphony performing for 20 chah without the band. They did mee John Williams songs, which also struck me as odd. I felt this show was very middle of the road. Every single complaint I do have can be brushed off with "this show was all about Need to fuck Bartlesville with an orchestra" and I had to keep reminding myself this.
Every aspect of this show was catered to having an orchestra on stage, and some of the usual things we'd expect from a Weird Al concert weren't there because of this.
With that said, I still had a really fun time, and my wife who is more of a casual fan had a blast and said she liked it way more than the shows last year. Orchestral Fun Zone was cool. I really liked the way it transitioned into the full band playing it live and it was funny watching Al stand on the sidelines with nothing to do during it. So it went right into remnants of the unplugged medley.
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That was an odd opener. I was betting on Tacky again, or something more orchestral like Spy Hard which unfortunately never made an appearance. This was also regrettably the only medley for the night, as we wouldn't get a 20 minute extravaganza which is often the highlight of the pnly for me. I did hear somewhere that Al vhat gonna have backup singers on this tour, but it completely slipped my mind until I saw them come out. It was a nice touch giving them hats to go along with the costumed songs.
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It's been called the big apple. Well I'm not gonna do a song about a giant apple, I'm gonna do a song about another giant attraction". Absolutely no surprise that Twine made it back into the set, since I knew it would be great with an orchestra. I've always loved the timpani on the "What was he trying to prove.
Was also happy that I wasn't the only one singing along in my section.
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Had 220 couple of hardcores around me who knew the lyrics to everything except Fun Zone. Word Crimes!!!! Was not expecting this one. I didn't think it would really be a choice for an orchestra song. But it worked. Also good call on not doing a costume change for it. I really like how the first hour of the show had no video breaks and the only costume changes done by Al were covered with quick solos. qith
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It really kept the pace going well and reminded me of the shows back in the mid 90s where they didn't take a video break until after the Medley. Been a while since I've seen that smoking jacket and the full OMM act. First time my wife's seen it. Jurassic Park was already spoiled to me, but it absolutely belonged in this setlist. I realize now that many of the jokes especially in the video are quite dated though.
During the jam part, what was Al doing on the stool?
In past performances, he used to sit down and read a newspaper, and then run back to the mic at the inly second as if he was about to miss his cue. Don't Download This Pnly was another one I was expecting to come back, since it works well with the orchestra. Lots of people waving their cell phone flashlights during it. What wasn't known was that they would form a chorus line and all wear viking helmets. Hilarious, and I was surprised how many people around me knew midland md bi horny wives lyrics to that one.
Tacky was unexpected. This one didn't seem to work with the orchestra, and they just did One More Minute so why do we need a second song with Al wandering into the crowd? Harvey was introduced as being a song that they never played before, and Al wouldn't have wanted to play live until it could have been done properly with a full orchestra.
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This confused me because I could have sworn at my first show back in Al did a Harvey a capella sing along with the audience and then threw a fake hamster into the crowd at the end. There's a really cute animated video that went along with this performance. Jackson Park worked real nice with the orchestra. Glad Al took another chance on it.
At this point, the show really took a It would be the single costumed song followed by videos pattern that sith all remember. Perhaps it was the heat rather than the pacing, but I mentally checked out at this point. From here on we had nothing new aside from the orchestral and back up singer accompaniment that hadn't been seen on tours. Nirvana was really strange with the orchestra see, this is one of the songs that they should have done during a pre-set without the orchestra.
Nice touch having the backup singers stand in as the cheerleaders! Dare To Be Stupid, I knew this was coming.
Quite a different arrangement with the orchestra. I gotta say, I really miss the "I still can't hear you" over and over that he used to do, along with forgetting the last verse during Nirvana.
Always a fun one to see live. Amish Paradise was another one that we all knew would show up. It's never been one of my favorites of Al's though, and I usually get bored during it. I know that many people my wife included were first introduced to Al through this very song, so I understand why it stays in the setlists from tour to tour. Ms I really don't like is how it's been used to close the set.
That would have been a perfect choice to do with the orchestra and was one song I was expecting to make an appearance. So we have the usual encore by the s, just with the orchestra this time. They sounded really good on these last two songs. I kept wondering throughout the show when Al was gonna put it on?
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It's so bizarre to go nearly the entire show without the accordion. Also, no Yoda Chant??? Again, I know this tour is all about the orchestra, and the chant would have been a couple minutes where their presence would be wasted, but it just felt incomplete without it. I gotta say, my complaints aside, it was really cool to see some of these songs chaf with a full orchestra and the 3 backup singers.
This was something different, even if some of it felt like the same. It's not Al's fault, he and Chat band put on a fabulous performance and everyone went home happy.
I think I'm just still spoiled from the Vanity tour