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As part of Viacom’s O Music Awards 24-hour live-stream, Andrew W.K. will attempt to perform the longest drum solo ever in a retail space (in case you’re wondering if the “retail space” distinction in needed – it is, the overall record is 121 hours). The self-appointed “Party King” will begin at 7 p.m. EST on Wednesday, June 19th with Questlove from the Roots being helping to kick things off.

W.K. will be joined by several legendary drummers, but is remaining tight-lipped on who exactly. He told The Hollywood Reporter that he’s been practicing by air drumming with weights instead of sticks (so badass!) saying, “I’d rather be over-prepared.”

Asked whether any stimulants might help the feat, be it caffeine or something more illicit, the singer repeats his mantra of over a decade: he’s high on life.

Says Andrew W.K.: “Substances — they all have their values and should be respected and appreciated and used as one chooses to do so. But … it’s more a mindset. And a sense of urgency that’s actually increased the older I’ve gotten. For whatever reason, the way that things have been arranged here by the gods is that you get this amount of time to exist in this form, and you don’t know how much time — it could end at any moment. So you really want to make the most of it. It’s wanting not to be lazy. And,more importantly, to take advantage of every single second you have, be grateful for it and celebrate it. That’s the party mindset: to celebrate being alive.”

Will W.K. be heeding his own advice?




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