Andrew Suydam and Weird Al Yankovic
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Since I was a child, I was always a big Weird Al fan. I remember being in Elementary School, and first listened to the song, “Yoda,” (which is Al’s parody of “Lola” by the Kinks). I enjoyed it so much that I did some research on Al and started listening to his other parodies and works that he created. He is definitely a very talented man. The first time that I saw him live in concert was at the PNC Bank Arts Center in July 2003. I was only 11 years old, and loved every minute of it. That show was part of his tour to promote his at-the-time new album, Poodle Hat. From then on, I didn’t get to see him in concert again until May 2011 when he just released Alpocalypse. Turns out that time has changed since then. From what I was told by another fan who attended the same show, if you wait by his tour bus after the show, he’ll come out and sign autographs and take pictures. However, Al wasn’t able to meet his fans after that show. According to the person who came out for him, since Al just got the blessing from Lady Gaga to release “Perform This Way,” he had to edit the music video, and have it finished before a certain deadline. That was totally understandable, and it encouraged me to attend more his shows in order to try again for a picture. Unfortunately, the next shows, which were in Red Bank, NJ and at Atlantic City, I still got denied because of his strict schedule. It wasn’t until I got to see Al for the fourth time at Bergen Performing Arts Center in Englewood, NJ that I got my success! And I have to say that Weird Al is extremely nice! His kindness totally makes up for being rejected that first couple of times. The second time where I got to meet Al was a book signing in Clifton, NJ, for his children’s book, “My New Teacher and Me.” The best thing about book signings in New Jersey compared to book signings in New York City is that NJ book signings aren’t as strict. With that said, I was able to get another picture with Al that day, and he signed the picture of us from the previous time we had met, despite the rules of signing the book only. Al was cool enough to make his own rules there. Only month later, I met Al for third time at Chiller Theatre in Parsippany, NJ. This is the picture that you see from the event. Like I did before, I had him sign the photo of us taken from the book signing a month earlier. The picture that is displayed here is my most recent photo with Al, and as long as Al is nice to his fans, it definitely won’t be the last.