Ozzfest Invites Andrew W.K. To Replace Rage-Cornell Band

'Party Hard' singer hasn't responded to invitation yet but is said to be enthusiastic.

Hyperactive headbanger Andrew W.K. has been invited by Ozzfest organizers to fill the slot vacated by the unnamed group featuring Chris Cornell and members of Rage Against the Machine.

An offer was extended to the party proponent a few days ago, and although he has yet to RSVP while his camp works out the logistics of the trek, Andrew W.K. is enthusiastic about the possibility, his manager said.

The Rage-Cornell project was forced to resign its main-stage position on Ozzfest ’02 four days after organizers announced the band’s inclusion on the bill, following Cornell’s announcement that he was “no longer moving forward” with the band (see “Chris Cornell Quits New Rage Project” ). The group, featuring Rage members Tom Morello, Tim Commerford and Brad Wilk, is still expected to release an album this summer.

This year’s Ozzfest finds Ozzy sharing the stage with System of a Down, P.O.D. and Drowning Pool, among others.

Andrew W.K.’s debut album, I Get Wet, debuted at #112 on the Billboard 200 albums chart, having sold nearly 14,000 copies in its first week.

—Joe D’Angelo and Gideon Yago