American rock star Andrew W.K. was invited by the U.S. Embassy in Manama to deliver his message of party rocking, friendship, key changes, multiple bridges, walls of sound, and one note staccato piano lines.
Just a few days ago he posted on his site how happy he was for the invite, comparing himself to Blue Note legends.
“In the tradition of the American Jazz Ambassadors who traveled the world in the mid 20th century as examples of American culture and spirit, Andrew has been invited by the State Department to travel to the Middle Eastern country of Bahrain and share his music and partying with the people there. Andrew will begin his journey sometime in December, 2012 and will visit elementary schools, the University of Bahrain, music venues, and more, all while promoting partying and world peace,” he wrote on AndrewWK.com.
“I feel very privileged and humbled by the chance to represent the United States of America and show the good people of Bahrain the power of positive partying. I can hardly wait for this adventure!” the self-proclaimed King of Partying beamed.
But alas, not everyone gets what he’s all about. DCist has the sad news from a State Department spokesperson who says he’s not gonna be representing our fine nation.
W.K. was also never designated a “cultural ambassador,” the spokesperson says, though embassies around the world routinely invite artistic and cultural figures to make appearances. But such events are subject to oversight, and W.K.’s offer of showing the Persian Gulf island nation the “power of positive partying,” did not pass muster.