Andrew W.K. Refuses to Play Churches After "Intense Personal Experience," Relocates Toronto Show

Andrew W.K. Refuses to Play Churches After "Intense Personal Experience," Relocates Toronto Show
As you likely know by now, party-obsessed renaissance man Andrew W.K. has recently released an album of improvised piano pieces and worked with a string quartet. That album, 55 Cadillac, has brought W.K. on a large North American tour. Now, he's made some venue changes, saying he cannot and should not play in religious building.

Here's the statement that W.K. made on his official website [via Idolator]:

I am truly sorry for any inconvenience experienced by those who already purchased tickets for the DC and Toronto shows. I sincerely hope you're able to attend at the new venues.


A couple days ago I had a really intense personal experience and it made it very clear to me that I cannot and should not play in religious buildings on this tour. Please understand, I have nothing against religion or temples of any kind. In fact, I love going to churches and hearing music there - but I can't play my music there after what happened the day before yesterday.


The best I can do to describe my experience is to say that the world opened up to me, and I received it, as Spirit and Love and of course, a lot of fun and pleasure. It was a sexual feeling, and I just didn't feel right about bringing that into a holy place, like a church or synagogue. My choice to move the venues is out of respect for this feeling, for myself and my body, and for the buildings themselves.


Fortunately, even though this was all last minute, we were able to keep the tour more or less intact, and will still play every city or region, as planned. Once again, I'm really sorry for any trouble this causes, but it was something I felt very strongly about. Thank you always for your love and belief in the feelings I work to bring you.


The Washington, DC show, which took place last night (September 30), was moved to Jammin' Java in Vienna, VA, and the upcoming Toronto show on Sunday (October 4) has been moved to the Music Gallery.

Here are the updated tour listings:

10/1 Chicago, IL - Lakeshore Theatre

10/2 New York, NY - Joe's Pub

10/4 Toronto, ON - Trinity St. Paul's Church The Music Gallery


10/7 San Francisco, CA - The Swedish American Hall


10/8 Los Angeles, CA - Largo