Prince Never Allowed 'Weird Al' Yankovic to Parody His Songs
"Weird Al" Yankovic recently revealed that Prince always turned him down when it comes to his parody covers.
According to the "Tacky" artist, he never got the "Purple Rain" singer's permission to perform his hits.
Throughout his career, Alfred Matthew Yankovic, more commonly known as "Weird Al," has parodied a long list of artists and bands including Michael Jackson, Billy Ray Cyrus, Nirvana, Queen, Bob Marley, Eminem and MC Hammer.
Despite his success and status in the music industry, Yankovic was never allowed by Prince to perform any of his songs in the entertainer's unique and humorous way. According to Yankovic, the last time he approached Prince was over 20 years ago to ask for his permission to parody a song but the iconic musician turned him down.
Despite this setback, Yankovic still hoped that Prince would change his mind. This didn't happen and probably never will since the singer passed away recently.
"It's too bad," Yankovic told People. "I hadn't approached him in about 20 years because he always said no, but I had this fantasy that he'd come out with a new song, I'd have a great idea, he'd finally say yes and it would erase decades of weirdness between us."
"But that's obviously not going to be the case," he added.
Although he never got the chance to parody Prince's songs, Yankovic has certainly gone a long way from playing one of his first tracks "My Bologna" to the tune of "My Sharona" by The Knack in 1979. In fact, his latest album Mandatory Fun was able to top the Billboard 200 charts in 2014, making it the first comedy album to reach the No. 1 spot since 1963, according to Daily Emerald.
Yankovic is currently going around the United States for his Mandatory World Tour. For the next couple of days, he will be in Utah, Colorado, Missouri and Iowa.