Petition pushes 'Weird Al' for Super Bowl gig
Published on Aug 8, 2014 6:12 AM
WASHINGTON (AFP) - An online petition to get chart-topping parody singer "Weird Al" Yankovic to headline the highly coveted Super Bowl half-time show blasted past the 75,000-name mark on Thursday, a day after its launch.
If successful, the pitch to the National Football League (NFL) would see the 1980s pop-culture icon follow in the footsteps of Beyonce, Madonna, Michael Jackson, Bruce Springsteen and the Rolling Stones in performing at the much-watched American football classic.
"The theatrics alone would be hilarious," wrote Ed Ball, a fan from Washington state who initiated the fast-growing Change.org petition.
Last month, Yankovic, 54, best known for his 1984 Michael Jackson spoof Eat It, scored a career first when his new album Mandatory Fun entered the Billboard charts at number one - the first comedy album to hit the top spot in 51 years.
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