Photo by G.
Weird Al Yankovic and Geoffrey Dicker
A few weeks ago, Weird Al Yankovic was in New York promoting his latest book. I had the opportunity to meet him at the event and I got to tell him that his show (along with opening act Elvira at Knott’s Scary Farm in California) was the first concert I ever went to. As you know, I’ve seen quite a few shows since then (to put it mildly) and I thanked him for making such a great first impression with me! He was super nice and happily signed a CD that I brought. He also made an awesomely goofy face in this pic (although we also took a ‘serious’ shot). Thanks Al! Your music has been a big part of my life for decades and will always be!
Photo and autograph courtesy of the G Archives.
Weird Al Yankovic
In addition to growing up and loving the song parodies of today’s birthday boy, Weird Al Yankovic, he goes down in G history as the first concert I ever attended. The show was at Knott’s Scary Farm in California and Elvira was the opening act! Wow! Making the night even better, and this must have been a precursor of things to come for my concert life – I sat in the front row. During Weird Al’s performance of “Like A Surgeon,” his parody of Madonna’s “Like A Virgin,” he writhed around on the floor right at my feet. It was at that very moment that I decided I would be in the front row as often as possible.
Also born today: Soccer great Pele and former talk show host Johnny Carson.