PREVIEW: Chicago Gets Ready to Party with Andrew

Andrew W.K. Brings Life to the Party in Music, Speaking Tour | Chicago Sun Times

If there is a party happening somewhere in the world, you can guarantee Andrew W.K. is behind it. Since his debut in 2001, the metal-pop musician has been a definitive harbinger of joy, crafting a whole career around the tagline of “Party Hard” — which is also one of his most notable songs (see also “Party ‘Til You Puke” and “It’s Time to Party”).

He is branded the “King of Partying” on Twitter, has a forthcoming book titled “The Party Bible,” and in 2008, became part owner of a now-closed New York Club called Santos Party House.

But this is no schematic ruse. The musician, born Andrew Wilkes-Krier (he uses his childhood nickname), believes so strongly in the message of having a good time that 10 years ago he transitioned from live musical performances, likened to Judas Priest-meets-Jerry Lee Lewis, into motivational speeches. It began with a notorious four-hour lecture at New York University and has since grown to cover much of the college circuit.

This fall, W.K. takes it a step further, embarking on “The Power of Partying” tour, his first-ever, large-scale speaking engagement that has stops in all 50 states. It kicks off in Chicago this week before a now annual appearance at Riot Fest. The event, called a “nationwide rally for the human spirit” comes just months after W.K. announced his intentions to establish a new political faction called The Party Party. His platform: to effectively disengage us from the vitriol that has plagued this campaign season in favor of coming together to celebrate our commonalities.

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