Andrew W.K. Undeterred by Administration Snub
Rambunctious rocker Andrew W.K. has decided he will not be party to all the disinformation being spread about him by the State Department, detailing the origin of his now-ill fated trip in an interview with HOH.
As we reported yesterday, the “Party King” suffered a major buzz kill after D.C. bureaucrats nervously pulled the plug on a goodwill swing through the Kingdom of Bahrain. Government officials maintained that if any such invitation was ever extended, it was done without the prior consent of official Washington, and was therefore null and void.
“It’s possible that State Department spokeslady might not have known anything about it, but I find it hard to believe this whole thing went forward without some higher ups’ approval,” W.K. posited about a plan he insists was set in motion last fall. According to W.K., State Department employees at the Embassy of Bahrain reached out to him in September 2011 — the purported subject line: U.S. State Department sponsored motivational speech in Bahrain — about coming to the Middle East for a multi-pronged visit. He said he was tentatively scheduled to give multiple speeches (at least one to university students, as well as additional stops at elementary schools) and planned to jam with local metal heads.
Everything went up in smoke, however, after government officials got wind of all the media hype surrounding the visit and decreed W.K. was no longer diplomatic material.
In the roughly 24 hours since being dumped by his own government, W.K. said he’s received an incredible outpouring of support from fans both here and abroad, as well as personal invitations from Bahraini citizens anxious to have him follow through with the trip. W.K. told HOH he’s exploring that very option, though he said he plans to return to New York later this week after playing a preset show in London.
Meanwhile, he’s dying to know exactly why Uncle Sam threw him under the bus.
“It would be nice to get some sense of what happened here,” he said of the logistical nightmare. “But I don’t think that’s going to happen.”