Three decades in, musical chameleon stays strange
"Weird Al" Yankovic, perhaps the most versatile musician of the past 30 years, packed Denver's Paramount Theatre Thursday night, proving once and for all that polka can make anything funny.
Yankovic, 50, opened with his traditional medley of pop parodies, taking his accordion to everyone from Pink to Usher while the corresponding music videos played on the wall behind him. As silly as it was (and always has been since he first parodied Joan Jett in 1982), the quick style changes only highlighted just how quietly talented Yankovic and his band are.
Two songs later, Yankovic rolled out 1992's "You Don't Love Me Anymore," a soft ballad with horrifying lyrics. Yankovic brandished (but did not play) an acoustic guitar throughout before savagely smashing it as the song wound down and an episode of his bizarro TV series "Al TV" kicked in on the projection screen. The entire sequence made no sense at all, but for Yankovic fans, that's kind of the point.