The California-born, Michigan-bred Andrew W.K. began classical piano lessons at age four and moved on to playing in Detroit punk and metal bands, including the Pterodactyls. He is best known for his 2001 hit single "Party Hard."
WASHINGTON — Andrew W.K. won't be taking his party to Bahrain after all.
The American performer announced on his website that he had been named a cultural ambassador to Bahrain, where he'd promote "partying and world peace."
He had been tentatively invited by the U.S. Embassy in Bahrain to visit the country, but the State Department had second thoughts.
Spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said Monday that the invitation to 33-year-old singer of songs including "Party Til You Puke" had been rescinded by senior U.S. officials because they deemed him an inappropriate choice for outreach in the conservative Muslim kingdom.
Andrew W.K. describes himself as a singer-songwriter and motivational speaker, among other things.