By Josiah HughesThe ongoing, increasingly wacky adventures of endless partier Andrew W.K. continue. As if being shocked by David Blaine weren't enough, the New York-based rocker has been named Cultural Ambassador to the Middle East by the U.S. Department of State.
The news comes straight from W.K.'s website [via Pitchfork], where you'll find the above photo and following statement from the artist's handlers:
The US Department of State in partnership with the US Embassy in Manama, Bahrain, has invited Andrew to visit the Middle East to promote partying and positive power. 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 the first week of December, 2012 and will visit elementary schools, the University of Bahrain, music venues, and more, all while promoting partying and world peace.
W.K. himself offered his own statement on the upcoming trip to Bahrain, saying, "This is a tremendous invitation. I'm very thankful to the Department of State for giving me the opportunity to visit a place I've never been before. And 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!"
Stay tuned for more information on this bizarre story as it becomes available.
UPDATE: If you thought this was all too awesome to be true, it is.