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'Weird Al' Yankovic has date with Duluth

Parody master is leaving the likes of 'I Want a New Duck' at home, though.

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"Weird Al" Yankovic brings his 2022 tour to the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center's Symphony Hall on July 11. 2012 file / Reuters
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DULUTH -- "Weird Al" Yankovic will bring his "Ridiculously Self-Indulgent, Ill-Advised Vanity Tour" to the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center this summer, according to the longtime comedy-singer's website.

But he's leaving the likes of "Eat It" and the "Captain Underpants" theme song at home. This tour showcases original non-parody tunes.

Yankovic plays July 11 at Symphony Hall — one of 133 shows planned for the tour. Tickets go on sale Dec. 10 at Ticketmaster outlets , including the DECC box office. Emo Phillips opens.

In the past, the musician's shows have included props and videos. In 2018, he tested a show with songs like "Nature Trail to Hell," "Dog Seat Dog" and "You Don't Love Me Anymore," according to Rolling Stone.

Yankovic last played the DECC in 2007. In 2000, a reported 2,000 people showed up to see him perform at the DECC's auditorium, a performance that included 11 costume changes. A News Tribune reviewer credited him with bridging the audience age gap.

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Christa Lawler is a features reporter for the News Tribune. She can be reached at clawler@duluthnews.com .

I am a 20-plus year employee of the Duluth News Tribune, first as a sports reporter, briefly as a copy editor and now as a features reporter with an emphasis on arts, entertainment and oddities. I enjoy trail running, paddle boarding, reading, yoga, cooking and things that are hilarious. I live in, and celebrate, West Duluth with my elementary school aged daughter, my longtime partner, and two pandemic pets. I can be reached at (218) 279-5536 or clawler@duluthnews.com
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