"Weird Al" Yankovic wants everyone to smile when he takes the stage this year at the Orange County Fair. EspeciallyLady Gaga.
The parodist has tweaked just about every major recording artist over the last three decades. But unlike, say, Eminem, he doesn't invite hostility from the people he satirizes. So when he heard from Gaga's management that she disapproved of his song "Perform This Way," a spoof of her hit "Born This Way," he planned to spike it from his new album.
Then, according to Yankovic, Gaga's manager admitted that he had personally nixed the parody and Gaga herself gave it a green light. For Yankovic, who seeks permission from every artist, that meant "Alpocalypse" could come out as planned.
"I'm very non-confrontational," said Yankovic, who will kick off his summer tour with a pre-fair concert July 9. "I really don't enjoy when things go awry like that."
So when Yankovic hits the Pacific Amphitheatre, he'll be assured that Don McLean, Taylor Swift, Miley Cyrus and any other potential targets don't object. And it's doubtful he'll offend many in the audience, considering that his recent songs tend to skewer everyday things like ringtones, e-mail forwards and Craigslist rather than hot-button political issues.