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Hey there.  It’s been a while since I’ve blogified my existence, so I thought I’d take a few moments and try to encapsulate what I’ve been up to.

We’re a few weeks into my cleverly-named “2010 Tour” – we’ve pretty much shaken the cobwebs out at this point and are now confidently pretending like we know what we’re doing.  The shows have been going great and the audiences have been fantastic.  We’ll be playing all the way through Labor Day weekend – the remaining tour dates are posted at weirdal.com.  We still have a few more shows which are unconfirmed at this point – when those get finalized I’ll of course add those to the list on the tour page and give everybody a heads-up on Twitter.

The new album has been put in suspended animation for the duration of the North American tour, but after I get off the road my main focus will be writing and recording the three songs that I need to complete it.  That’s really all I can tell you – any release date information would be pure conjecture at this point.

The band and I are very excited that we’ll be doing our first-ever European tour in December.  Well, at this point, it’s just 2 dates (the All Tomorrow’s Parties festival in Minehead and a show at the Forum in London) but it’s still a tour.  We’re doing it.  We promise.  And we’ve got our fingers crossed that the promoter will see fit to book some more European dates while we’re there as well.

I’ve mentioned the situation with Cartoon Network in a few interviews and podcasts, but I never formally addressed it, so… here’s what happened.  As I had previously reported, after years of negotiation, I was able to sign a major production deal with Cartoon Network to provide content for them.  They were primarily interested in live action features, so I pitched them on a movie idea.  They loved it, and gave me the go-ahead to start working on the screenplay.  I worked closely with them for several months, and after submitting my 4th draft, just when I was just about to get the official green light… Cartoon Network let me know that they were no longer in the feature film business.  It was a major policy change that affected not only me, but also the dozen or so other movies of theirs that were in various stages of development.  Everything just stopped.  So, bad news for me, but good news for all the Cartoon Network fanboys that already hated my movie without seeing it (because apparently any live-action programming on that network would be sacrilegious).  Anyway, it’s not entirely bad news – the script went into turnaround, which means I’m free to sell it somewhere else.  (Come to think of it, that was pretty much the exact thing that happened when I was trying to get UHF made.)  So maybe it’ll get produced at some point, maybe it won’t… all I know is, I’ll have a lot more free time this fall.

Let’s see, what else… “When I Grow Up,” my first children’s book for HarperCollins, is still scheduled to come out in March.  Other than that, well… I’ve got several other very exciting projects that I’m working on, but considering what happened with Cartoon Network, maybe I should just shut up about them.

That’s it for now.  Hope to see you on the road!

Al

215 Comments

  1. WEIRD AL! I AM A HUGE FAN OF YOURS. I WAS EXTREMELY EXCITED TO HEAR THAT YOU’RE GOING ON A TOUR THIS YEAR. Unfortunately, it’s in Europe. I need you to PLEASE COME TO PEORIA or CHICAGO ILLINOIS SOMETIME BECAUSE IT’S MY ULTIMATE DREAM TO SEE YOU LIVE. I HAVE ABOUT 13 OF YOUR SONGS MEMORIZED AND MANY MORE WILL SOON BE COMPLETELY MEMORIZED. I AM ON A ROLL!!!!!! I GOT INTRODUCED TO YOU GRADE SCHOOL AND SO GLAD I DID. I AM 17 NOW AND I DON’T YOU TO RETIRE BEFORE I SEE YOU. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLAY IN ILLINOIS.

  2. oh! one more thing! You need to make a CD with all of your songs ever made. I will definitely buy it.

  3. Please help me stop someone from abusing others. On twitter you have a follower named @theKergie. She has been using information of abuse victims she found online to torment and humiliate them without provocation. Please block her to show her that her behavior is unacceptable. She is very enamored with the opinion of celebrities. It would help a great many of her victims if you would stand against her. Please do not print this for their safety. Thank you.

  4. hay its me again i was wondering when are you gonna make a polka face music vido and whare can i buy it it dose not sell on i Tunes and try as hard as you can to get a show in Wissconson ill go anywhar you give the best performances in the world and are you makeing any new songs… never mind dont what to give it away i am one of your biggest fans (its a big world) :)

    not 2 be weird ( haha) but i made a weird al fan club lots of members

    u r the best Got 2 Go

  5. :) ;)

  6. WEIRD AL! I just got exposed to more of your music and im memorizing it right away. I was wondering what your process is for memorizing songs. I really want all of your songs memorized! Please help me!

  7. Please do a parody of Lady Gaga Poker Face and call it Pucker Face. Ha! Ha!

  8. So remember how Atlantic didn’t want you releasing “You’re Pitiful” for fear that Blunt would end up a one-hit wonder?

    …lotta good that did ‘em. (-;

  9. hey just sayin you rmusics great best comedian artist i’ve ever heard in my LIFE!! when will you come to edmonton with yur als brain and a concert you would be a great hit!! :)

  10. Al you are the prophet of parodies. You are a genius, but I’m sure you know that anyway.

    I am very, very, very keen to get my hands on your new children’s book “when i grow up” as I just know my 3 yr old son would love it (he already loves your music and regularly sings “yoda” to me) – is it going to be published in the UK?? Please, please say yes!!

    Love to you x

  11. DEMAND WEIRD AL JAZEERA IN US NOW!!
    http://imgur.com/a/EirMu

  12. Hey Al.

    Congrats on the tours last year. I hope you can swing more Canadian dates this year. Been 5 years since you hit Toronto and in that time you have Winterpeg twice! c’mon man!!! hehe

    Good luck finishing new record. Hope to see you this year

  13. so i have randomly been keeping posted on you and not in a creepy way i just saw you on facebook and i decided to read a little. after i read everything you have really been self motivated and i wish…..dream of making it where you are. in highschool i did a interpretive dance to your songs. i have the talent to make people laugh and if you ever read this please email me i check it once a week and i would love to talk to you about more than just career…. i want to talk as a friend. i would like to get to know you..(in a none creeper way) im sorry for any inconvenience but i would really like to talk to you and i promise i wont freak out that it is you but if it is just someone that sends responses for you please take the time to at least personally read this if nothing else. i feel that with no family in the acting career i have astronomical chances of anything like that happening. hopefully i can speak to you…

  14. yo you should make a song called hey toe blister instead of hey soul sister.

  15. I love you!!!! please please come to see me!I have six of your CDs!

    “I recall when they found those fossilized mosquitos
    and before long they were cloning DNA.
    Jurassic park is frightning in the dark
    all the dinosaurs are running wild
    someone shut the fence of in the rain
    i’m afraid these things will harm me
    cause they sure don’t act like Barney
    and they think that i’m there dinner
    not their friend
    ooooooooooooooohhhhhhhhhhhhhhh noooooooooooooooooooo
    oooooooooooooooooooohhhhhhhhhhhhh nooooooooooooooooooooo

  16. dear weeird al they came out with a michael jason wii dance game it would be extremly funny if you had people make a weird al danceing game with all our favorite song that u have used and made into music vidoes sincerly nick hatfield

  17. AL im sure you get song ideas all the time !I have A great one I wrote..ITS A weener

  18. I would ask that the book was published in the Hungarian language? I’ve been to several shops in the area, but still could not find it anywhere. Online stores also have looked at (www.konyv-konyvek.hu), but could not find it there either. Planned to prepare the Hungarian-language translation? If so, then what is the timetable?

  19. perssonally i think cartoon netwok is FOOLISH i have three resonds

    #1 of all thay broke your contract :(

    # 2 of all their showes are dumb i only toon in …. well NEVER ..unless UR on

    # 3 WHO IN THE WORLD WOULD DENY YOU HELLO YOU =$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

  20. u r sooo cool AL :) :) :)
    :) :)
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    :):):):):):)

  21. Hey Weird Al…hip hop artists consider is a sign of status when you lampoon one of their tunes. You’re an official OG! Isn’t it time for that masterwork “feat”? In my humble opinion, it’s time. I believe you know you’ll get the key industry support you need. The potential of becoming your greatest work ever. Peace.

  22. Cool songs I love them!

  23. OH my gosh i am somewhat disappointed to see there is no tour dates in Canada I live in Britsh Columbia and I was hoping he would come to Vancouver cause i know he has in the past and i hope he will soon Us Canadians love this guy Weird AL ROCKS

  24. I recently moved to Fort Myers Florida from NY and I have yet to see Al come anywhere near me that I can get to a show. I saw multiple shows in NY. AL PLEASE COME TO SOUTHWEST FLORIDA…these people have no sense of humor and need to be taught a lesson!!!!!!!!!!

  25. dear al than god you are playing in milwaukee wi your sooo cool!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  26. Dear Al, IF you have not come this way, please come to Orlando or Tampa Florida, I would LOVE to see your show

  27. Congratulations, Weird Al! I met you in Peoria, Illinois years ago. Good luck with the new album!

  28. Al, I’m such a big fan since middle school! Flash forward 13 years and I’m teaching middle school. I talk you up to my students when I speak about copyrights and parodies! I even show my students you’re videos, now a whole new generation has grown to love you.

    I’m so glad you put your Gaga video on the internet, that’s the place where stuff gets done now a days. Your loyal fans have your back. Can’t wait for the new album!

    • I’m embarrassed…your videos!

  29. Hey Al – I’ve been a fan of yours right from the beginning on Dr Demento. Finally got to catch your show in Englewood NJ, and it was every bit as amazing as I had imagined. What a pleasure to share this time with my teenage daughter. It will sound silly but, well, I had a tear in my eye when you sang Yoda at the end. It just dredged up so many great memories and singing along. My daughter thought I was corny, but I was swept up in the weirdness. Sorry nothing funny here – I just wanted to let you know, and to tahnk you for making me laugh for thirty years. Thank you Al. Thank you.

  30. Al are you going to be coming to Alabama?

    Pleaseeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

  31. I am sure you get far to many coments to actually read all of them but I figured it is worth a shot anyways. I am 24 and have been a major fan of yours since I was 12. I absolutly LOVE your work. I have all of your albums and have listened to every song you have ever released and seen all of your music videos. I adore you but anyways I really would love it if you did an Apocolypse concert in Montana. I would normally travel to Spokane to see you but I am pregnant and your concert there falls 2 weeks before my due date so no one will let me travel that distance to see you that close to the baby’s birth. I saw you Welcome to Lynwood concert in Bozeman and loved it. Anyways I am sure you won’t actually get to read this but I figured it was worth a shot to beg you to come to Montana again.

  32. Hey brother! I have loved your stuff for 20 plus years so I know this is your thing, I own a bar in mansfield Ohio and I, along with a few friends thought up a new parody that seems genious from you! Knowing the


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