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hadrons Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jun-25-05 05:56 PM
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So You Wanna Book a Rock 'n' Roll Star? (Bush's tax cuts at work)
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If you're a hard-core rock fan and have a net worth of nine figures or more you may not have to tune into your iPod when you next want to listen to your favorite band. For the right amount of money you can hire them to play in your own backyard.

That's more or less what British retail baron Philip Green did when he coaxed the soon-to-disband R&B trio Destiny's Child to croon at his 13-year-old son's Bar Mitzvah. Never mind that the three-day soire on the French Riviera, which was estimated to have cost around $7.4 million, included putting up 200 guests at the Grand-Hotel du Cap-Ferrat. Or that Green pre had previously been serenaded at his own $9 million 50th-birthday bash by Tom Jones and Rod Stewart.Or, for that matter, that the High Street retailer, whose current fortune Forbes estimates at $6.3 billion, apparently doesn't mind toasting his son's coming-of-age with music generally preferred by 13-year-old girls.

Go to to view a slideshow of artists happy to do private gigs ( /* )

What is really interesting about the Green episode to any die-hard fan of popular music is that it proves the possibility of getting a bonafide super-group to play at a private party. Why, you can practically hear metal heads across the land swooning, "Whoa--maybe I can get Metallica to crank it up at my backyard barbecue!!!"

While data on such performances is hard to come by, there's no denying that private gigs--both corporate and personal--have lately become a ready revenue stream for music entertainers of all stripes. Gone are the days when faded acts such as The O'Jays and Kool and the Gang were the biggest names on the circuit. Everyone from Elton John to Madonna has put in time at private gigs--for the right price.


well, Bush tax cuts have created jobs ... for mutli-millionaire pop/rock star :eyes:
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