By Bill Robinson
RICHMOND — “Weird Al” sounded surprisingly normal in his brief Sept. 10 interview with the Richmond Register.
In the allotted 10 minutes, he answered a few questions, including some submitted by visitors to the Richmond Register’s Facebook page.
Asked if his hair is naturally curly or straight, as Rebecca Wheat wanted to know, Al said, “It’s just naturally bad.”
He uses whatever hair product is in the shower, nothing special.
Al has already done a Miley Cyrus parody, and despite her recent, notorious twerking performance, he probably won’t be doing another Miley parody until his next album.
The Internet has hurt the sales of recording artists, including “Weird Al’s” and fragmented the audience, but has given his parodies a global reach.
“I hear from fans from around the world now,” he said.
When asked if this development has made his audience more geeky or less, Al said it’s just as geeky as ever.
He started his “Alpocalypse Tour” in 2011, and it has continued past Dec. 21, 2012, the date some believed the Mayans predicted the world would end.
Al was unaware of the quote attributed to Mark Twain that he hoped to be in Kentucky when the world ended, “because everything comes to Kentucky 20 years after it arrives everywhere else.”
So that was not a factor in his booking a Kentucky performance near the end of his Alpocalypse Tour this month, unless his manager was providentially led.
Al also was unaware of author Lawrence Joseph’s advice that Berea was the best place to be when the world ends.
Berea, Joseph said, “embodies the sacred Mayan values of service to humanity and Mother Earth.” And the sustainability movement is strong in the southern Madison County town, making it better suited to endure the ravages of war, famine, pestilence and disease.
“Weird Al’s” Alpocalypse Tour will reach the EKU Center for the Arts stage at 7:30 p.m. Thursday. For tickets, visit www.ekucenter.com.
(EDITOR's NOTE: The "Alpocalypse" should not be confused with the apocalypse foretold in the Revelations of St. John.)