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Andrew W.K. still parties hard, 10 years later

for Journal Register Newspapers

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The world first heard Andrew W.K.'s "Party Hard" in 2001, but that isn't keeping the idiosyncratic Ann Arbor-raised rocker from continuing his celebration of the rowdy anthem's 10th anniversary into 2012.

"It feels like 100 years that went by in 10 minutes, it really does," says W.K., who was born Andrew Wilkes Krier and started studying piano at the age of four. His father, James E. Krier, is a professor at the University of Michigan Law School. "I wasn't keeping track, and (the anniversary) just snuck up on us. I was a bit shocked and freaked out that 10 years had gone by so fast, but time flies when you're partying very hard."

W.K., 32, adds that, "I'm enjoying playing the songs more than I ever have. I'm shocked and blown away that any of this happened. But all the people that have gotten the records and have come to the concerts gave us a reason to do all this work. It's humbling and gratifying and motivating all at the same time."

W.K., who now resides in New York and has released six albums, is looking forward to doing more work in the future. Acknowledging some "bad decisions, particularly business decisions," he's spent time recently taking care of those matters and reconfiguring his own record label, which is now known as Steev Mike, named after an early career pseudonym. He plans to start working on a new album in June, and he says the attitude and philosophy that drove "Party Hard" still informs everything he does.

"There's not much to be explained here," W.K. says. "This is music that hopefully makes you want to put your hands up over your head and feel on top of the Earth -- or put them over your ears and run into a hole and hide, depending on your personal sensibility. It's not really music meant to express something as much as to manifest a feeling of joy.

"And that's what I try to do every time out, just take another big step forward and do my humble little part to further the mission here, which is uniting the human race through partying. Hard."

Andrew W.K. performs Saturday, March 24, at Saint Andrews Hall, 431 E. Congress St., Detroit. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20. Call 313-961-8137 or visit www.livenation.com.

Web Site: www.livenation.com

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