Fans of parody artist “Weird Al” Yankovic have started a campaign for the musician to play the Super Bowl.
A petition on change.org started by Ed Ball asks the NFL to select Yankovic as headliner for the Super Bowl XLIX halftime show. In his description, Ball suggests that artists Yankovic parodies could play with him onstage. “The theatrics alone would be hilarious and a welcoming change, and draw a wider audience of fans that typically would not tune into the championship game or half-time show,” Ball writes.
Currently, Ball’s petition has over 17,000 signatures and is rapidly increasing.
If Yankovic were to perform at the Super Bowl, he would follow pop acts like Beyonce, Madonna and The Black Eyed Peas. Last year’s performance by Bruno Mars featuring the Red Hot Chili Peppers was well reviewed and gave a boost to his album sales.
Yankovic’s most recent release, “Mandatory Fun,” reached No. 1 on the charts; the first chart-topping album of Yankovic’s career and the first comedy album to reach No. 1 since 1963. Selling 104,000 copies in its debut week, “Mandatory Fun” is Yankovic’s 14th studio album, and has been claimed to be his last traditional album release.
This is not the first time that Yankovic has received support to play the sports event. A similar petition held in 2012 received over 24,000 signatures to have Yankovic play at Super Bowl XLVII’s halftime show. A song on “Mandatory Fun,” titled “Sports Song,” was inspired by his fans’ efforts.
Super Bowl XLIX will be broadcast on NBC from the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona on Feb. 1, 2015.