Last night I got one of the thrills of my life when I got to meet Weird Al Yankovic backstage after his show here in Minneapolis! I've been an Al fan since I first heard the "Weird Al" In 3-D album in 1984 and I've been a big fan ever since. I only have two artists' full libraries on my iPhone, The Beatles and Al. So yeah, I'm a fan.
Not only did I get to see him perform live (my fifth time seeing him), but I got to give him and his drummer Jon "Bermuda" Schwartz copies of my "Meeting Al" piece:
Both Al and Jon were awesome and I can't thank them enough for allowing me and my friend Natalie to meet them. I want to say a special thanks to Jon, who could not have been kinder or friendlier, for responding to Natalie's e-mail about possibly meeting the king of parody. Jon suprised me by saying "he doesn't know you're here, he's gonna love this". I was really honored to be able to give them both print copies of my piece.
Just before Jon snapped a photo of the three of us Al turned to me and told me I should send my piece to someone at Gallery 1988, where he had just done a show. "Your work is as good as anything I saw there", he said. I remember nothing after that. Just white noise. Those words will be burned in my brain forever.
Al and Jon were kind enough to chat with Natalie and I for a few minutes while other meet-and-greeters waited and I can't thank them enough for making the experience a memorable one.
What a great night.
Here are Natalie and I before the show. Me with my print and Natalie dressed as the "dental hygienist with a spatula tattooed on her arm" from "The Weird Al Show Theme":
The only photo I took during the show. This was during their encore, while they performed "The Saga Begins" with members of the 501st in costume on stage with them:
The backstage pass:
Jon "Bermuda" Schwartz, Al's drummer (he's been with Al since the beginning) and all around nice guy:
Here's Al signing copies of my "Meeting Al" print for me and Natalie.
Thanks again to Al & Jon and thanks to you for reading!
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