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Still Partying Hard: Andrew W.K. Announces “I Get Wet” 10th Anniversary Tour!

Andrew W.K.

Andrew W.K., rock & roll’s reigning king of partying, has announced a tour celebrating his debut album’s 10th anniversary. When his I Get Wet album first exploded onto an unsuspecting public one decade ago, it quickly polarized audiences with an intense sound and even more intense front man. Ten years later, Andrew has decided to do put on a special show in honor of his origins. The band will perform every song from his groundbreaking release, in album order, every night of the tour, including appearances at the Austin, Texas, South By Southwest Festival in March. (Tour dates listed below).

Originally released in 2002 on Island/Universal, I Get Wet was W.K.’s urgent rally-cry to the world. It unleashed anthemic hits like, “Party Hard” and “She Is Beautiful” to an enthralled and sometimes enraged audience, helping secure the #1 spot on the BillboardHeat Seekers” chart. W.K.’s sound as, Alternative Press proclaimed, “smashes up pop melodies, metal riffs and industrial beats with a hammer..”, and ten years later, it continues to bring pure party happiness to thousands worldwide.

At a time when culture was saturated with pessimism and shadows of negativity, nihilistic messages tended to rule the airwaves. Ten years ago, it was difficult to find any contemporary songs about partying, fun, or positivity. The major-key club-rock sound of I Get Wet, and the undeniably powerful vision of its creator, have both proven influential and ahead of their time. The album’s relentless four-on-the-floor “up with everything” dance rock was a blast of fresh air, and anticipated the shape pop music to come a decade ahead of schedule. As The Onion’s A.V.club noted, the album “rocks almost recklessly, but without the trappings that burden its peers: There’s no camp, no irony, and, most notably, no angst.” The result was a re-setting of the bar for rock music and performance, paving the way for more fun and positivity in culture.

Known as the new ambassador of visceral rock & roll pleasure, Andrew W.K. Andrew’s furious delivery, charismatic charm, and energized enthusiasm continue to this day. His almost singular ability to straddle both mainstream media and fringe culture has made him an instantly recognizable modern pop icon. Besides his own albums – which include a recent collection of improvised piano tracks (“55 Cadillac”), and a tribute album for the Japanimation franchise Gundam – Andrew’s recent accomplishments include hosting the successful Cartoon Network TV program, “Destroy Build Destroy” – with over 1.7 million viewers a week, the program quickly became the #1 show in its time slot for boys 6-11 on ALL of television, and it earned Andrew the “Best Host” award from KidScreen, (a youth TV industry publication). Andrew was invited to write and perform an official theme song to the 2012 World Snowboarding Championship in Oslo, Norway, and serve as the event’s musical diplomat. Andrew has also become a regular commentator on networks like VH1 and FOX.

The recent years have even seen Andrew turning his positive message into motivational lectures at such Ivy League universities asHarvard and Yale, and working with such artists as reggae and dub pioneer, Lee “Scratch” Perry (receiving a Grammy nomination in 2009 for producing Perry’s Repentance album), as well as artists such as Matt & Kim, Soulja Boy, Current 93, Good Charlotte, Steve Aoki, Rivers Cuomo and even The Simpsons animated series (Andrew W.K. performed the theme song for the legendary cartoon’s 20th anniversary episode).

Pre-sale tickets for the upcoming tour are available as of Friday, January 20th, 2012, at 10am ET only on www.AndrewWK.com.

Tickets go on sale to the general public on the morning of Friday, January 27th, 2012.

TOUR DATES

U.S. & Canada
Sat Mar 3 – Vancouver, BC – Venue

Sun Mar 4 – Seattle, WA – Showbox Market

Mon Mar 5 – Portland, OR – Wonder Ballroom

Tue Mar 6 – San Francisco, CA – The Regency Ballroom

Thu Mar 8 – Los Angeles, CA – Avalon

Fri Mar 9 – Las Vegas, NV – Body English @ Hard Rock

Sat Mar 10 – Pomona, CA – The Glass House

Sun Mar 11 – Tempe, AZ – The Marquee

Tue Mar 13 – San Antonio, TX – White Rabbit

Wed Mar 14 – Austin, TX – SXSW

Thu Mar 15 – Austin, TX – SXSW

Fri Mar 16 – Austin, TX – SXSW

Sat Mar 17 – Austin, TX – SXSW

Sun Mar 18 – Houston, TX – Fitzgeralds Upstairs

Tue Mar 20 – Denver, CO – Bluebird

Thu Mar 22 – Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue

Fri Mar 23 – Milwaukee, WI – The Rave

Sat Mar 24 – Detroit, MI – St. Andrews Hall

Sun Mar 25 – Chicago, IL – Metro

Mon Mar 26 – Cleveland, OH – House Of Blues

Tue Mar 27 – Toronto,ON – Phoenix

Wed Mar 28 – Boston, MA – Paradise

Fri Mar 30 – Philadelphia, PA – TLA

Sat Mar 31 – Uncasville, CT – Mohegan Sun Wolf Den

Sun Apr 1 – Washington, DC – 930 Club

Mon Apr 2 – New York, NY – Webster Hall

Thu Apr 5 – Atlanta, GA – Masquerade

Fri Apr 6 – Orlando, FL – Beacham Theater

Sat Apr 7 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Revolution

UK
Thu Apr 12 – London, UK – Electric Ballroom

Fri Apr 13 – Manchester, UK – Club Academy

Sat Apr 14 – Glasgow, SCO – Garage

More info: www.AndrewWK.com

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