BLOOMINGTON — Veteran pop jester “Weird Al” Yankovic and hard rockers Slipknot have been added to the May concert schedule in Bloomington.
Yankovic's 7:30 p.m. May 26 show marks the official kickoff of the 2015-16 season at the Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts, while Slipknot's 7:30 p.m. May 8 show at the U.S. Cellular Coliseum is part of the band's Prepare for Hell Tour, and includes special guests Hatebreed.
Tickets for the Yankovic concert are $39 to $62, and go on sale via the BCPA box office at 10 a.m. Jan. 30.
Seats for the Slipknot show are $49.50 and $59.50, and go on sale at noon Friday via the Coliseum box office and Ticketmaster.
Yankovic's appearance is part of his spring Mandatory World Tour, and marks his first concert in the Twin Cities since a 1994 show at Illinois State University's Braden Auditorium.
The singer has been parodying rock and pop hits for more than 30 years now, beginning with his 1982 Top 40 hit, “I Love Rocky Road,” as spoof of Joan Jett & The Blackhearts' “I Love Rock 'n' Roll.”
His current “Mandatory World” album debuted at No. 1 on Billboard's Top 200 Album Chart last summer, the first time in more than 50 years that a comedy album has topped the charts and the first time ever that a comedy album has debuted at No. 1.
Slipknot, celebrating its 20th anniversary as a band this year, was formed in Des Moines, Iowa, in 1995, and achieving its breakthrough success in 1999 with the double platinum-selling album, “Slipknot.”
The band has been nominated eight times for a Grammy Award in the Best Metal Performance category and one once, in 2006, for “Before I Forget.”