It was announced today that Andrew W.K. will be joining Marky Ramone’s Blitzkrieg as the lead singer for their 2013 world tour. The punk drumming icon and his band will be fronted by the king of partying for a high-octane performance of more than THIRTY of Marky’s classic fan-favorite songs! These will include songs that took him from the halcyon stage of CBGB’s to touring around the world. From the celluloid halls of Rock ‘n Roll High School to the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame, Ramone’s career has taken him far and wide, earning him a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, an MTV Lifetime Achievement Award, and immortalizing his handprints on the Hollywood Rock Walk.
Speaking on how he chose Andrew W.K. as his singer, Ramone said, “I first met Andrew through a mutual friend and he told me about his party philosophy, which has also always been my exact take on life. We went into the rehearsal studio and it just clicked. We had so much fun that we wanted to invite everyone to the party. I’ve said before and I will say it again, these songs are too good not to be played live!!!”
W.K. echoed Ramone’s sentiment, saying, “When Marky Ramone asks you to be his singer, you don’t even think about it. It’s an automatic, YES. I was intimidated by the magnitude of the opportunity – freaked out and overwhelmed – but I was also completely determined and focused – it’s something I had to do. Even just the first rehearsal felt like an odyssey, but that’s how you can tell the experience is changing your life. I’ve never had a more rewarding, humbling, or challenging invitation than this, and I’m serving the gods via this incredible sound Marky and his band created. There’s never been better rock ‘n’ roll music made than this, and I will give everything I have to do it justice.”
The historic pairing will kick-off their world tour in New York City on May 3rd, 2013 at Andrew’s very own venue, Santos Party House, in downtown Manhattan. Following that show is a wealth of national and international dates, many of which appear below (with more to be confirmed shortly).
Currently, Marky Ramone hosts his own weekly satellite radio show “Punk Rock Blitzkrieg,” which is broadcast nationally via Sirius/XM Faction. He has also entered the culinary realm with the release of his highly successful Marinara Pasta Sauce, based on his Great Grandfather’s recipe. Marky Ramone’s Marinara Pasta Sauce has wowed such mainstream media outlets as the Wall Street Journal, Food Network Magazine and the New York Post. The sauce is even served and sold at world renowned chefDaniel Boulud’s New York City restaurant, DBGB Kitchen & Bar.
Andrew W.K. has been a constant figure in national media ever since his 2000 debut, and in recent years he’s been spreading his message of positive partying and high-energy entertainment with even greater intensity. His singular ability to straddle both mainstream media and fringe culture has made him an instantly recognizable modern pop icon. An example of his lasting influence is the recent 10th Anniversary Deluxe release of his landmark debut album, I Get Wet, the world tour of which sold out dates across the U.S., Europe, Australia and Japan. Most recently, Energizer Personal Care announced Andrew W.K. as the face of Playtex’s new product, Fresh + Sexy Wipes. Andrew continues to surprise, confound, and engage his audience with an expanding array of energetic and enthusiastic entertainment.
Tour Dates Announced Thus Far
(Ticket links included where applicable)
May 3 – New York, NY – Santos Party House – Buy tickets (on sale April 3rd @ 10am)
May 9 – Novi Sad, Serbia – Main Square
May 10 – Rome, Italy – Crossroads Live Club
May 11 – Zaragoza, Spain – Actitude Rock Festival
May 12 – Valencia, Spain – Rock City
May 14 – Saint Petersburg, Russia – ClubZal – Buy tickets
May 15 – E katerinburg, Russia – Tele-Club – Buy tickets
May 16 – Moscow, Russia – 16 Tons – Buy tickets
June 30 – Helsinki, Finland – Circus Venue
July 5 – Barcelona, Spain – Razzmatazz
July 7 – Terra Vibe, Greece –Rockwaves Festival – Buy tickets
July 19 – Altes Lager, Germany – Jamboree Festival – Buy tickets
Oct 2 – Washington DC – 9:30 Club – Buy tickets (on sale April 5th @ 10am)
Oct 3 – New York, NY – Irving Plaza – Buy tickets (on sale April 5th@ 10am)
Oct 4 – Boston, MA – Paradise – Buy tickets (on sale April 5th @ Noon)
Oct 6 – Philadelphia, PA – Theatre of Living Arts – Buy tickets (on sale April 5th @ Noon)
Oct 8 – Chicago, IL – Metro – Buy tickets (on sale April 6th @ Noon)
Oct 10 – Seattle, WA – Neumo’s – Buy tickets (on sale April 5th @ 10am)
Oct 12 – San Francisco, CA – Independent – Buy tickets (on sale April 5th @ Noon)
Oct 15 – Los Angeles, CA – Henry Fonda – Buy tickets (on sale April 5th @ 10am)
Oct 23 – London, UK – Electric Ballroom (on sale April 5th)
Oct 24 – Manchester, UK – Academy (on sale April 5th)
Oct 25 – Glasgow, SCO – TBA (on sale April 5th)
More Info on Marky Ramone: www.MarkyRamone.com
More Info on Andrew W.K.: www.AndrewWK.com
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