“Weird Al” Yankovic’s ascendance back up the mountain of pop culture relevancy could receive a significant boost.
A petition to get the parody singer to perform at the halftime show of Super Bowl XLIX has been started on Change.org, amassing over 5, 000 signatures.
The letter points out that “the songs of artists that he is parodying could join him on stage” and the “theatrics alone would be hilarious and a welcoming change.”
After some time out of the spotlight, “Weird Al” has resurfaced recently with his “Mandatory Fun” record selling 104,000 copies in its first week – giving him his first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200.
Here’s the music video from his recent single "Word Crimes."
The last few Super Bowl performers have been Bruno Mars, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Destiny’s Child, Beyonce, Madonna, The Black Eyed Peas, and The Who.
The letter in its entirety is below:
For decades Weird Al has entertained fans, young and old, with his popular clever parodies and unique sense of humor. Having him headline the Super Bowl XLIX Halftime Show. would not only be overly accepted by the millions of views, but it would remain true to the standards and quality of the show business we have come to love and respect out of this prestigious event. The songs of artists that he is parodying could join him on stage to accompany, as well as other surprise appearances from well-known actors/actresses, adding more prestige and star power. The theatrics alone would be hilarious and a welcoming change, and draw a wider audience of fans that typically would not tune into the championship game or half-time show.