Flashback Friday: “The Saga Begins” Live

Weird Al Yankovic scored big with his musical retelling of TPM “The Saga Begins” in 1999 and it’s been part of his act since. Usually he performs it with his other Star Wars hit, “Yoda” and since his 1999 tour, he and his band usually put on Jedi robes during that segment of the show.

I picked this live performance from 2013 for the following reasons: 1. It’s in Columbia, MO, where I spent four years of my existence while attending the University of Missouri. 2. It was at an event put on by famed venue The Blue Note, where I saw many a show and attended many a dance party at its old location and its current location. Oh the stories I could tell. I saw The Red Hot Chili Peppers there months after Hillel Slovak died and they’d just recruited John Frusciante to replace him; back then Frusciante was a skinny mohawked kid. I also saw Chris & Cosey (still the weirdest show I’d ever seen), KMFDM, Fugazi, Dread Zeppelin, The Ocean Blue, The Mighty Lemon Drops, The Cramps, Special Beat (which was members of The Specials and English Beat), and lots of never heard of ’em bands, including one time when I accidentally showed up for a Grateful Dead cover band show. Once Club MTV did a college tour there where two lucky winners got flown out to New York to be on the show. No, I wasn’t one of them.

Anyway, what’s great about this outdoor performance is the audience singing along. You probably will too:

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4 Responses to “Flashback Friday: “The Saga Begins” Live”

  1. Mike Says:

    I remember when Jay Laga’aia sang this and had the crowd join him at Celebration 3 in Indianapolis. Good times!

  2. Hunk a Junk Says:

    Funny how hateboys love to complain about TPM’s plot being so ‘confusing’ and how it ‘doesn’t make any sense’ but Weird Al can nail the plot and people can sing along without any problem at all.

  3. Eddie Says:

    Oh man, The Mighty Lemon Drops! Always classified in my head as one of many “120 Minutes bands”. They were like Echo and the Bunnymen’s less intense cousins.

  4. Adam D. Bram (The Nilbog) Says:

    One of my favorite songs by one of my favorite artists.

    Can’t wait for Mandatory Fun to drop on the 15th!

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