Fans wanting to see “Weird Al” Yankovic headline the Super Bown XLIX Half Time Show in 2015 need to step up and sign their name to a new petition that’s going viral.
Ed Ball, a fan of the comedic musician from Seattle, is petitioning the NFL to have Yankovic headline the Super Bowl XLIX Half Time Show in 2015 via change.org.
“For decades Weird Al has entertained fans, young and old, with his popular clever parodies and unique sense of humor,” Ball writes. “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.”
Ball claims he “drunkenly submitted” the petition but still stands by it.
“Weird Al is top of the charts right now for a reason, and I guarantee it’s not because of the typical football players/fans rocking his music during a pre-game warm-up, tailgating, or half-time song selection,” Ball explains. “The Super Bowl is a national event that reaches out to numerous non-football fans, so why not attract a bigger demographic and support for the game? Just imagine him out there rocking with Jack Black & Melissa McCarthy, while parodying Pharrell & Robin Thicke. Heck, those artists can even join him on stage, start off with their songs before Weird Al kicks in with his versions. I personally think it would be a hit, and would be more talked about than the game itself. Which is why I started this petition. Hope to hear back from Weird Al himself, and would he even do it if invited.”
Over 14,000 signatures have been collected as of press time with a goal of 15,000.
“Weird Al” is seeing a resurgence lately with his latest album, Mandatory Fun, as Yankovic scored his first No. 1 Billboard 200 album by selling 104,000 copies in its first week of being released July 15th. It all started when the funny man released “eight videos in eight days” to support the project.
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