9 p.m. Friday, September 23, at Verizon Wireless Theater, 520 Texas (Bayou Place), 713-230-1600 or www.livenation.com.
It might be easy for some people to dismiss Weird Al Yankovic as an '80s relic/Dr. Demento ripoff — if it weren't for the fact that since he started his comedic music career in 1976, he's sold more than 12 million albums and performed more than 1,000 live shows. Most musicians, no matter how big (James Blunt excepted), love to have their songs parodied by Weird Al. When Yankovic called the late Kurt Cobain back in the early '90s to ask if he could parody Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit" as "Smells Like Nirvana," Cobain's only question was reportedly, "It's not about food, is it?" And he loved Yankovic's mouth-full-of-marbles parody about how no one could understand Nirvana's lyrics. Even Mother Monster herself, Lady Gaga, put her stamp of approval on Yankovic's recent parody of "Born This Way," "Perform This Way" (sample lyric: "Save your allowance, buy a bubble dress / And someday you'll go far"). Gaga's management initially quashed Yankovic's request to have the song on his new album — before Gaga had even heard it — but when the song finally got to Gaga, she supposedly loved it. Now it's the first single from Yankovic's Alpocalypse album, released in June.