Eliza and I were reading Bar Mitzvah Disco last night and laughing our asses off.
My Bar Mitzvah was actually a B’Nai Mitzvah: I shared the party with my one-year-older sister because my parents said it would be cheaper. Entertainment was provided by EJM (as opposed to Hart to Hart, the competing Long Island DJ crew). As much as I would’ve liked the Beastie Boys to rap my Haftorah portion, the event was nothing like Elizabeth Brooks’ Bat Mitzvah last weekend. Daily News reports…
For his daughter’s coming-of-age celebration last weekend, multimillionaire Long Island defense contractor David H. Brooks booked two floors of the Rainbow Room, hauled in concert-ready equipment, built a stage, installed special carpeting, outfitted the space with Jumbotrons and arranged command performances by everyone from 50 Cent to Tom Petty to Aerosmith. … Also on the bill were The Eagles’ Don Henley and Joe Walsh performing with Fleetwood Mac’s Stevie Nicks; DJ AM (Nicole Richie’s fiance); rap diva Ciara and, sadly perhaps (except that he received an estimated $250,000 for the job), Kenny G blowing on his soprano sax as more than 300 guests strolled and chatted into their pre-dinner cocktails.
I remember one of my classmates had Keith Hernandez sign autographs at his Bar Mitzvah; we were all very impressed. Anyway, Aerosmith apparently got $2 million for Brooks’ shindig. (Yes, Clap Your Hands turned them down, ha ha.) Blogger Susie Felber has some behind-the-scenes info, but no word on whether Fiddy covered Ottowan.
I can’t believe (A) I was just able to find that song, (B) there are 999 more you can download from the page if you just save as .mp3 instead of .jpg. Enjoy.