The party man himself, Andrew WK, is slated to play a sold out show on New Years Eve at the Paradise Rock Club in Boston. Little known to some, he recently performed an intimate show at the Shriners Auditorium in Wilmington, MA in a room that can only hold around 200 people. Earlier the same day, he had run a panel at the Northeast Comic Con on making a career in the creative arts.
We sent a representative to listen to his Q+A about creators and consumers at NECC. Andrew WK had a lot of advise to give, including one line personal mantras. A notable comment was that he disagrees with age restrictions on creativity. Since this was a talk at a comic book convention, he gave an example that makes sense. If a kid made a comic book, but happens to be under 18, most people would overlook it. He also said that the arts is a way of helping people that aren’t involved in that scene to have new ways to illustrate life. He even shared some trivia with his fans about how he didn’t actually meet the other members of his band until they were doing the first music video.
As for the concert that night, The Lights Out opened for Andrew WK with metaphysical lyrics accompanied by light up instruments and head gear. Boston comedian Ken Reid came out next to lay down some anecdotes about townies and get people laughing for the official after party. His debut comedy album “Pilot Season” is now available, but more about Ken Reid later…The Rock N Soul Holiday Concert became a dance party by the time Danny Klein’s Full House came to the stage. They played selections from J. Geils Band including “Centerfold,” “Freeze Frame,” and “Houseparty” with harmonica solos.
As for the main event, Andrew WK said that he and the fellow on stage with him “are not musicians, we are partiers.” He put on a show of fist pumping and strobe lights, skanking, and a dance much like the Charleston. He was classically trained on the piano but chooses to play the keyboard discordantly, saying “I’m going to play this keyboard into submission.” One spectator, Katelyn Salerno, described the experience of watching his concert “like watching a workout video.” His fans chanted with him as he sang “I love Massachusetts” and he even counted down from 100 for his last song, New Year’s style.
Was there an after after party? What we know is that Andrew WK sat down with Ken Reid for his TV Guidance Counselor podcast not long after the event. He admitted to dreaming about making his own amusement park, pinball machine or a circus. Will this be the next part of Andrew WK’s journey? We’ll have to wait and see.