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Andrew W.K. talks the power of parties, touring with Tampa bandmates and more

Friday's concert at the Orpheum will be the only full-band show on Andrew W.K.'s otherwise solo tour. The singer said that's because his backing band, which formed 13 years ago, mostly lives in Tampa Bay.

Among those who played in that initial group was Donald Tardy, drummer of Tampa death metal act Obituary. Tardy agreed to play in his band and on his breakthrough 2002 album I Get Wet. But beyond that, W.K. said he helped build his entire touring group, from the other members to the sound man.

"I'm more indebted to him for more reasons than most other people in my life," he said. "He changed everything and made it possible for me to probably even be talking to you about anything."

Andrew W.K. performs Friday at the Orpheum; tickets are $20. Click here for details.

For more with Andrew W.K., click here for Jimmy Geurts' interview.

[Last modified: Thursday, May 30, 2013 3:03pm]


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