Billboard Previews Andrew’s Power of Partying Tour

A Primer on His Political Movement | Billboard | By Christa Titus

When party rocker Andrew W.K. announced his formation of a new political party earlier this year, he didn’t exactly help his case for legitimacy by announcing its formation the day before April Fools’ — but he nonetheless states that his intention is sincere. The musician-positivity philosopher, who has penned the thoughtful Ask Andrew W.K. advice column in the Village Voice, will have the chance to field questions from potential constituents during the Power of Partying Tour, a 50-state speaking tour that begins Sept. 15 at Chicago’s Revolution Brewing Tap Room and ends Nov. 30 at Providence, R.I.’s Columbus Theatre. (For more information about tour dates, go here.)

The motivational-speaking tour will contain “a generous Q&A portion, which is not only a chance for the audience to ask questions of me but for me to ask questions of them and really open it to pure discussion,” says W.K. “After that, we get to hang out and meet one another and spend as much time as anyone cares to spend with me. It’s a pep rally. That’s the best way I can describe it. A pep rally for the human spirit.”

The point of the tour, according to W.K., is “to discuss partying itself and how that mind-set, a party philosophy, can be applied to everyday life.”

Why W.K. Got The Party Started

The current election was a major motivator. “There’s this great idea of unity that comes with a party but it’s also times, as we’ve seen, a great sense of division and a lot of drawing of lines in the sand,” observes W.K. “I wanted to see what I could offer in terms of inclusive, unifying spirit, and this seemed like a very right time.” Unlike other political affiliations, “this is a party that you can be a member of in your heart and soul and not necessarily give up your allegiance to any other political principle. This is meant to be inclusive, and I would really be happy to see all kinds of people with all types of beliefs, all types of allegiances, party together.”

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