Get Andrew WK to perform at Super Bowl LIII
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Andrew Fetterly Wilkes-Krier, better known by his stagename Andrew W.K., is the undisputed king of partying. As some of you may know, when it's time to party he will party hard.
And that's exactly what the NFL Super Bowl Halftime Show (presented by Pepsi) needs right now, more than ever. After 2018's adequate, but somewhat lackluster and ultimately forgettable halftime performance by self-proclaimed man of the woods/dancing dad Justin Timberlake, I feel it's time to head in a new direction. It's time to throw off the shackles of enormous pop stars performing in between halves of a game where very large men hit each other very hard and get to the heart of things.
It's time for a halftime performer who is concerned with only one thing: Partying. Because what is the Super Bowl if not one enormous party? And it's not as though Andrew WK doesn't have stadium bangers.
Beyond everybody's favorite "Party Hard," let's talk about "We Party (You Shout)" or "It's Time To Party". Can you imagine the entirety of Mercedez-Benz Stadium in Atlanta singing "Music Is Worth Living For"? Talk about a halftime show moment for the ages.
Did you know that in 2009 Andrew WK released an album of improvisation jazz piano? So it's not like the dude doesn't have range.
One more musical point I feel needs to be made about Andrew WK: I think his music would lend itself to some great guest appearances on the halftime stage. Guest stars are one of my favorite parts of the halftime shows of the past. Remember when James Brown came out with the Blues Brothers? Remember when Missy Elliott stole the show during Katy Perry's performance? That kind of excitement has been missing in the last couple of years with straight-ahead performances from Timberlake and Lady Gaga (maybe straight-ahead is the wrong term for Gaga jumping off a roof, but I think the point still stands). We need to kick halftime up a few notches again. A kid staring at his phone cannot be the highlight of 2019's halftime show.
Imagine it: Andrew WK kicks into "Party Hard;" Magnificent towers of flames shoot from the stage. He's dressed in all white. His band is dressed in all white. The crowd surrounding the stage is dressed in all white. The first chorus ends, and then "Ladies and gentlemen, SLASH!" An explosion. Rising from the floor and up 30-feet in the are (Donna Summer style) stands Slash on a platform. In all black. Top hat, sunglasses, leather pants, cigarette dangling nonchalantly from his lips as he effortlessly shreds a face-melting solo. That's what's missing from the halftime show of my dreams. That's what America needs right now.
Beyond music, Andrew WK has proven to be a kind of zen master when it comes to living your life to the fullest. He's taught people to seize the day in a way not so dissimilar from John Keating in Dead Poet's Society. He even saved a life.
I feel like that kind of commitment deserves to be recognized on the biggest stage possible. And for that reason, I'd like to see Andrew WK on the Super Bowl Halftime stage in 2019.
I believe with your help, we can make it a reality. But regardless of what happens, don't ever stop partying.
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