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The Wedding Band


The one good thing about New Jersey wedding bands is that they play Bruce Springsteen songs – and the band at our niece’s wedding this last Saturday played them well, too, carrying off ‘Thunder Road,’ ‘Tenth Avenue Freeze Out’ and a full ten-minute version of ‘Rosalita’ with sufficient character and precision to suggest that they get a real kick out of it. Fact, far as wedding bands go, this was the best since Joe Hurley and Rogues March played The Jam’s ‘I Need You’ at my own wedding: the horn section was particularly impressive and they even delivered ‘My Girl’ with something other than the usual formulaic schmaltz. The groom is a massive U2 fans and had been allowed to spend Friday night seeing his heroes in concert at Madison Square Garden. (Now there’s a marriage that’s off on the right foot.) I doubt that the wedding band’s brief medley of ‘I Will Follow’ and ‘Vertigo’ was a patch on the real thing but by that point in proceedings – five and a half hours into a serious open bar – I also doubt too many people were paying attention. We’ve yet to let Campbell hit the booze, but he’s obviously on his own trip: as the party reached its crescendo, he erupted into a burst of impressive breakdancing. What are they teaching him at his new school up here in the Country?

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