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Weird Al Yankovic brings 'Mandatory World Tour' to Cary's Booth Amphitheatre

Weird Al Yankovic will bring his ‘Mandatory World Tour’ to Cary’s Booth Amphitheatre Thursday, June 18 at 8 p.m. The Yankovic concert is the first major concert date announced by the amphitheater as it kicks off its 15th season.
Weird Al Yankovic will bring his ‘Mandatory World Tour’ to Cary’s Booth Amphitheatre Thursday, June 18 at 8 p.m. The Yankovic concert is the first major concert date announced by the amphitheater as it kicks off its 15th season. CONTRIBUTED

Ready for some "Word Crimes"? Or maybe you're just ready to experience an "Amish Paradise."

No matter which song of Weird Al Yankovic's is your favorite, your attendance at his concert will be mandatory.

At least the king of pop parodies would like it that way. The singer announced Tuesday that his "Mandatory World Tour" will kick off May 12 with five nights of shows at Las Vegas' Planet Hollywood.

The tour includes a stop at Cary's Booth Amphitheatre Thursday, June 18, at 8 p.m. The Yankovic concert is the first major concert announced by the amphitheater as it kicks off its 15th season.

Yankovic has been in top form this past year. His album, "Mandatory Fun," was released in July 2014 with a string of eight consecutive videos, helping him earn his first number one album in 32 years, not to mention considerable social media buzz.

The album, featuring parodies of songs from Pharrell Williams, Robin Thicke and Lorde, also earned him a Grammy nomination for Best Comedy Album.

Since then, he's popped up on the Emmy Awards, with a medley of theme songs, and ABC's farcical series, "Galavant."

Tickets go on sale Friday, Jan. 30, at 10 a.m. Tickets are $35 for lawn seats and general admission seats and $45 for reserved tables. VIP packages, which include a premium seat, a meet and greet with Yankovic and pre-show party, are $129 to $260.

For tickets, go to www.boothamphitheatre.com or call 919-462-2025.

Yankovic also will stop in Charlotte at Ovens Auditorium on June 19.

Booth Amphitheatre already has announced two food and beverage festivals - the Great Grapes! Food and Wine Festival on April 18 and the Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival on July 31 and Aug. 1. Ticket are on sale now for those events.

Last year was the Cary venue's best season yet with two concerts selling out. The Town Council approved in October a budget of $738,000 to allow the venue and its management company, SMG, to seek 15 national touring acts this year. That's four more than 2014 and the most in the venue's history.

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