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‘Weird Al’ Yankovic gets weird at the Sands Bethlehem Event Center on Sept. 20

‘Weird Al’ Yankovic gets weird at the Sands Bethlehem Event Center on Sept. 20
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From a press release:

Few would have guessed that “Weird Al” Yankovic, who as a shy, accordion-playing teenager got his start sending in homemade tapes to the Dr. Demento Radio Show, would go on to become the biggest-selling comedy recording artist in history with over 12 million album sales. Now in his fourth career decade, he has won four Grammys (with 14 nominations) and countless awards and accolades for classics like “Eat It,” “Like a Surgeon,” “Fat,” “Smells Like Nirvana,” “Amish Paradise,” and “The Saga Begins.”

His “Mandatory World Tour” stops at the Sands Bethlehem Event Center on Tuesday, Sept. 20 at 8 p.m.

Tickets, which range from $39.50-$49.50, go on sale this Friday, March 25 at 10 a.m. and can be purchased at, the Event Center box office (77 Sands Blvd., Bethlehem),, all Ticketmaster outlets, or by phone at 800-745-3000.

Yankovic’s 14th studio album, “Mandatory Fun,” features parodies of some of the biggest hits of recent years, including Pharrell Williams’ “Happy” (“Tacky”), Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” (“Word Crimes”), Lorde’s “Royals” (“Foil”), Iggy Azalea’s “Fancy” (“Handy”), and Imagine Dragons’ “Radioactive” (“Inactive”).

“Mandatory Fun” debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 album chart. This is the first time that a comedy album has debuted at No. 1 on the chart in history, and the first time that a comedy album has reached the top of the chart in over 50 years. Further in the spirit of “Mandatory Fun’s” bid for world domination, Yankovic released eight music videos in eight days, which had over 46 million views combined in its first week.

In addition to his recordings and world-famous music videos, Yankovic is also well-known for his cult-hit feature film “UHF,” his late ‘90s CBS Saturday morning series “The Weird Al Show,” and the numerous “AL-TV” specials that he made for MTV and VH1 over the years. Most recently, he was seen playing himself in the hit television series “The Goldberg’s.”

Weird Al, along with his band of over three decades, has performed thousands of live rock and comedy multimedia shows throughout the world, and they’re back on the road in 2016 for the return of “The Mandatory World Tour.”

See exclusive photos from when Yankovic performed at the Community Arts Center in Williamsport last year here.