Andrew W.K. Resurrects Debut Album for Anniversary Tour
As it turns out, it’s been a full decade since Andrew W.K. released his debut album, I Get Wet, which contained “Party Hard,” the song that launched the singer’s career. And lest we forget about this milestone, Andrew W.K. has announced a tour that will celebrate the 10th anniversary of the album by performing the album from start to finish at every date.
The 30-date tour will hit most major regions of North America, and will begin on March 3 in Vancouver, BC. After spending early dates of the tour out west, the tour will cross America and end up in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. for the last date on April 7. In between, the singer and his band will play most major markets including Seattle, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Houston, Minneapolis, Chicago, Boston, New York and Atlanta. Four dates will be in Austin, Texas during the South by Southwest Festival. Though those dates will be March 14 -17, the actual details of those dates will be released at a future date.
After the tour wraps, Andrew W.K. will hop across the Atlantic for three shows in the United Kingdom. While these are the only additional dates listed as of now, the official website for the singer notes that others may be added in the future.
I Get Wet was released in November 2001, and the release of “Party Hard” preceded the album by two weeks. Though “Party Hard” did not chart in the U.S., it did reach number 14 on the U.K. singles Charts and slowly gained popularity in the ensuing months and years. I Get Wet eventually peaked at number 84 on the Billboard 200 albums chart.
Since that time, Andrew W.K. has released five albums, with two only released in Japan and one that is a solo piano instrumental album. In other work, he had a short-lived MTV2 show called “Your Friend, Andrew W.K.” Since 2005, he has been appearing occasionally as a motivational and self-help teacher.