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Postby YankoSwag 8888 » Tue Aug 30, 2016 10:03 pm

After reviewing all the albums I thought I would review some concert tours as well. I'll start with The First Tour from 1983 specifically 7/29/83

1. It's Still Billy Joel To Me
Costume: Red suit jacket, Hawaiian shirt & rainbow pants (the pair from the Tom Snyder show)
I think this works well as an opener.
2. Happy Birthday
Costume: ISBJTM outfit minus suit jacket
It sound a lot better live than on the record in my opinion.
3. [img]Yoda[/img]
It feels weird not having it at the end but it's an OK performance.
4. Polka:
Are We Not Men?, Smoke On The Water, Der Kommissar, Sex, Hey Jude, L.A.Woman, Inna-Gadda-Da-Vida, Hey Joe, 1999, Bad Boys Get Spanked, Hot
Blooded, Every Breath You Take, She Blinded Me With Science, Stairway To Heaven

A sneak preview for the next album basically. It is nice to see how the polka evolved.
5. Buckingham Blues
An OK performance.
6. Food Medley:
Theme From Rocky XIII, Flatbush Avenue, Eat It, Spameater, Feel Like Throwing Up, Avocado, Fatter, Whole Lotta Lunch, We Got The Beef

For the first food medley it flows really well.
7. My Bologna
Nothing special could have been put in the medley near the end.
INTERMISSION
8. i Love Rocky Road
Costume: Black leather pants & jacket
The best performance of the show especially when Dr. Demento holds up a banner that says "Show Us Your Cones" :lol: the performence is followed by band intros for Jim, Steve & Jon followed bya drum solo.
ENCORE
9. Another One Rides The Bus
Costume: Rocky Road pants with Hawaiian shirt
A good performance. Burmuda plays the Accordion case also which I love.

For the 1st tour it's pretty well put together. It plays all the best songs on the 1st album along with some classic concert only songs.

8/10
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Re: Concert reviews

Postby Big Spoon » Wed Aug 31, 2016 1:51 am

YankoSwag 8888 wrote:I think this works good as an opener.


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Re: Concert reviews

Postby YankoSwag 8888 » Wed Aug 31, 2016 5:11 am

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Re: Concert reviews

Postby YankoSwag 8888 » Wed Aug 31, 2016 7:22 pm

Reviewing Tour Of The Universe In 3-D specifically 6/9/84

1. The Brady Bunch
Costume: Hawaiian shirt & black pants with black t- shirt.
Not a good opener Al should have used Jeopardy. It's an OK song.
Bermuda's drum Solo
2. Buckingham Blues
A good song to play near the start.
3. Polka's On 45
Notes: Al introduces this song by saying "The Accordion is the official rock instrument of the 1984 Olympic games"
A great polka medley with some improve.
4. I Lost On Jeopardy
Notes: Al asked who has watched TV before. Al starts playing a keyboard.
This song works well pretty much anywhere.
Steve Jay's bass Solo
5. Gonna Buy Me A Condo
Notes: 3 female backup singers join Al on stage.
A fun song to play in concert. This could also have worked as an opener.
6. Yoda
Notes: Al switches to the accordion. The female singers leave the stage
It feels weird to not have this at the end.
7. Stop Draggin' My Car Around
Notes: 3 female singers join Al on stage again.
It works well but too me it seems out of place on this tour.
8. Midnight Star
Notes: Al on keyboards. A black male singer joins the 3 girls.
A great song played just at the right time.
Jim West's guitar solo
9. Mr. Popeil
Notes: Al introduces the song by saying "This is a song about our all time favourite hero". The black male singer leaves the stage.
A nice song with a lot of energy too it.
10. King Of Suede
Costume: Al removes Hawaiian shirt (Black shirt & black pants).
Notes: The female singers leave the stage.
A good rock song.
11. Nature Trail To Hell
Costume: Black cape
Notes: All 4 singers join Al on stage.
A great song but it would work better closer to the end.
12. it's Still Billy Joel To Me
Costume: Cape removed
Notes: Backup singers leave. Al plays the accordion
It fits perfectly here.
13. Fabulous Food Medley:
Theme From Rocky XIII, Flatbush Avenue, Spameater, Feel Like Throwing Up, Avocado, Sometimes You Feel Like A Nut,
Take The L Out Of Liver, Fatter, My Bologna, Whole Lotta Lunch, We Got The Beef

Notes: Al introduces the song with "We hope your not in any real hurry to get home tonight because we are doing a medley of every single song ever written in the history of the world ever about food"
A nice quick food medley.
INTERMISSION
14. Eat It
Costume: Orange jacket
Notes: Al plays the keyboard
A great song to end the set.
Band intros
ENCORE
Al thanks his fans, His record label & "All the little people"
15. Another One Rides The Bus
Costume: Hawaiian shirt & black pants
Notes: Al introduces it as a song about public transportation. Al on accordion, Bermuda on accordion case.
Works well as the encore
16. I Love Rocky Road
A great song to end the show.

This tour was his first "real tour" it's very well put together considering. It plays nearly all the songs from "Weird AL" Yankovic In 3-D as well as the best from his first album and introduces some concert only classics.

Concert Rating 9/10
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Re: Concert reviews

Postby TMBJon » Fri Sep 02, 2016 2:58 am

I disagree with you about The Brady Bunch. I think it was a really solid choice for opener at this point in his career. The album version doesn't have nearly as much energy as the live version, so unless you've seen a video of this tour it's hard to judge.
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Re: Concert reviews

Postby YankoSwag 8888 » Fri Sep 02, 2016 3:01 am

I agree with you about it being better than the album version I myself prefer Jeopardy as an opener. I have a video of the tour on my channel.
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Re: Concert reviews

Postby YankoSwag 8888 » Sat Sep 03, 2016 2:09 am

Reviewing The Monkeys Opener 1987

1. Like A Surgeon
Costume: Scrubs
Notes: Al plays the keyboard, During the bridge Al stops playing the keyboard, During the bridge Al murders a women with a chainsaw
A surprisingly good opener But I prefer this version near the end.
Drum Solo
2. I Lost On Jeopardy
Costume: Scrubs minus "gadgets"
Notes: Al plays the keyboard
Always works anywhere you put it.
3. Polka Party! (Extended)
Costume: Surgeon top, Yellow shorts, "Robin Hood" hat
Notes: Al removes his pants before the song begins, Al plays the accordion
I always love the polka medleys.
INTERMISSION
4. Dare To Be Stupid
Costume: Yellow hazmat suit
Notes: Al plays the keyboard
Works well in this place.
INTERMISSION
5. Yoda
Costume: Hawaiian shirt, black pants
Notes: Al plays the accordion
Feels out of place here.
INTERMISSION
6. Addicted To Spuds
Costume: White dress shirt, Black pants, black tie
Notes: 2 Mr. Potato Heads join Al on stage
Always a fun song that works well anywhere.
7. One More Minute
Costume: Black suit jacket over top of ATS costume.
Notes: Al went in to the audience
Always a great song.
INTERMISSION
8. Dog Eat Dog
Costume: Big white suit
Notes: GFIB band solo played before the start.
Another great song played at just the right time.
INTERMISSION
Guitar Solo
9. Food Medley:
Theme From Rocky XIII, I Love Rocky Road, Spameater, Feel Like Throwing Up, Avocado, My Bologna, Whole Lotta Lunch, Eat It

Costume: Hawaiian shirt, Black pants
Costume - Eat It: Orange/Red jacket
Notes: Al plays the accordion
Not as epic as the last 2 but still entertaining.
Bass Solo
Hernia Rap
10. Living With A Hernia
Costume: James Brown suit.
A Great way to end it.
Band Intros: Drums - Jon Bermuda Schwartz, Bass - Steve Jay, Guitars - Jim West
James Brown Jam

8/10
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Re: Concert reviews

Postby YankoSwag 8888 » Sat Sep 03, 2016 2:10 am

Why was my 1985 review removed?
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Re: Concert reviews

Postby YankoSwag 8888 » Mon Sep 05, 2016 8:12 pm

Reviewing The Off The Deep End Tour specifically 6/11/92

1. Addicted To Spuds
Costume: White dress shirt, Black dress pants, Black tie
Notes: 2 Mr. Potato Heads join Al on stage.
Works great as an opener
2. Polka Your Eyes Out
Notes: Al plays the accordion
I always love the polka medley.
3. One More Minute
Costume: Black suit jacket over ATS costume
Notes: Al goes in to the audience
Always love this one.
Drum Solo
4. Taco Grande
Costume: Hawaiian shirt, Blue bandanna
Notes: Jim & Ruben are backup dancers
Works surprisingly well out of the medley.
5.Lasagna
Costume: Bandanna removed
Notes: Al plays the accordion
Always works well.
Guitar Solo
6. Money For Nothing/Beverly Hillbillies
Costume: Pink shirt, Black pants, Green suit jacket.
Notes: Al plays the keytar
Works well after a guitar solo.
INTERMISSION
7. Dog Eat Dog
Costume: Big white suit
Notes: Begins with GFIB band solo
I always love this one.
Bass Solo
8. You Don’t Love Me Anymore
Costume: ATS costume without tie
Notes: Al smashed a guitar after the song.
A great end to the first section.
9. Food Medley:
Theme From Rocky XIII, I Love Rocky Road, Chicken Pot Pie, The White Stuff, Snack All Night, Spam, My Bologna, Whole Lotta Lunch, Eat It

Costume: Black shirt
Eat It: Costume: Red jacket
Notes: Al plays the accordion & the keyboard
This medley is more of a transition piece.
10. I Lost On Jeopardy
Costume: Black shirt
Notes: Al plays the keyboard
Always works well.
INTERMISSION
11. I Can’t Watch This
Costume: Baggy pants, white shirt, gold chain
Notes: Al enters on a skateboard. 2 hot female backup dancers join Al on stage.
Works well. Too bad this the best recording of the song out there the quality is awful.
Hernia Rap
12. Living With A Hernia
Costume: James Brown suit
Works well anywhere.
INTERMISSION
13. Like A Surgeon
Costume: Scrubs
Notes: Al plays the keyboard for half the song. During the bridge Al murders a women with a chainsaw.
I love this one.
INTERMISSION
14. Smells Like Nirvana
Costume Al: Kurt Cobain outfit.
Costume Jeff: Krist Novoselic outfit
Costume Jon: Dave Grohl outfit
Notes: 2 cheerleaders join Al on stage. Al throws water in to the crowd.
My favourite Weird Al song.
INTERMISSION
15. Fat
Costume: Fat suit
Works amazingly as the main set closer.
Band intros: Bass - Jeff Mayer, Guitar - Jim West, Keyboard - Rubén Valtierra, Drums - Jon "Bermuda" Schwartz
ENCORE
16. Yoda
Costume: Hawaiian shirt
Notes: Al plays the accordion. Yoda Chant
Always an amazing ending.

This tour introduces the modern set as well as the Yoda chant. The footage is very low quality & the sound is bad. But other than that it's a great show.
10/10
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Re: Concert reviews

Postby YankoSwag 8888 » Fri Sep 16, 2016 5:28 pm

Re-review 7/26/85

1. I Lost On Jeopardy
Costume: Hawaiian Shirt, Black pants
Notes: Al plays the keyboard
A great opener.
2. Happy Birthday
Notes: Al plays the accordion
Feels very out of place.
3. Hooked On Polkas
Notes: Al plays the accordion
I alwasys enjoy the polka medley.
4. The Brady bunch
Costume: Hawaiian shirt, Black shirt, black pants
Notes: Al plays the keyboard
Much more high energy than the last tour.
Drum Solo
5. Gonna Buy Me A Condo
Notes: Al plays the keyboard
Always a fun song.
6. Slime Creatures From Outer Space
Notes: Al plays the keyboard
This live performance makes me like the song more.
7. King Of Suede
Notes: Al plays the keyboard. Al removes his glasses
It works well.
VIDEO: The Complete Al
8. Dare To Be Stupid
Costume: Hazmat suit
Notes: Al plays the keyboard
A great song to introduce costume changes.
VIDEO: George Of The Jungle
9. My Generation
Costume: Black suit, white shirt, black tie, black pants
Notes: Al plays the accordion. Al smashes an accordion
A great rendition of rock classic.
10. One More Minute
Notes: Al goes in to the crowd
My favourite original.
11. I Want A New Duck
Notes: Al plays the keybaord. Al removes suit
Super high energy I love it.
Bass Solo
12. Buckingham Blues
Notes: Al plays the accordion. Al puts the Hawaiian shirt back on.
Starting to feel out of place.
Trumpet Solo
13. Mr. Popeil
Notes: Al plays the keybaord.
I love this song live.
14. Eat It
Costume: Orange jacket, black shirt, black pants
Notes: Al plays the keybaord
Always a classic, I think it would work better after the medley
Guitar Solo
15. The Fabulous Food Medley:
Moldy Now, Doctor' Doctor, Make Me Steak #3, Burger King, Don't You Forget About Meat, Girls Just Want to Have Lunch, Rye Or The Kaiser,
I Love Rocky Road, Spameater, Feel Like Throwing Up, Avocado, Whole Lotta Lunch, My Bologna

Costume: Hawaiian shirt, black shirt, black pants
Notes: Al plays the accordion & the keyboard
An amazing medley of shitty parodies.
VIDEO CLIP: Ricky
16. Like A Surgeon
Costume: Scrubs
Notes: Al plays a keyboard for most of the song. Al murders a women with a chainsaw during the bridge.
A great way to end the set.
Band Intros: Jim West - Guitars, Steve Jay - Bass, Jon "Bermuda" Shwartz - Drums, Bill Anderson - Sax, Pat Regan - Piano
ENCORE
Roadie Solo
Maggie
Notes: Al asks someone for there name & writes a song about them.
18. Yoda
Costume: Hawaiian shirt, black pants
Notes: Al plays the accordion
A great end to a great show.

For 1985 the footage is amazing. It was the first tour to introduce frequent costume changes. Without this tour the concerts would not be the same today.
10/10
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