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Not-so-Petty cash to rock bat mitzvah ($10 million! for coming out party)
NY Daily News ^ | November 29, 2005

Posted on 11/30/2005 1:14:12 PM PST by NYer

History will forever record Elizabeth Brooks' bat mitzvah as "Mitzvahpalooza."

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.

I hear it was garish display of rock 'n' roll idol worship for which the famously irascible CEO of DHB Industries, a Westbury-based manufacturer of bulletproof vests, sent his company jet to retrieve Aerosmith's Steven Tyler and Joe Perry from their Saturday gig in Pittsburgh.

I'm also told that in honor of Aerosmith (and the $2 million fee I hear he paid for their appearance), the 50-year-old Brooks changed from a black-leather, metal-studded suit - accessorized with biker-chic necklace chains and diamonds from Chrome Hearts jewelers - into a hot-pink suede version of the same lovely outfit.

The party cost an estimated $10 million, including the price of corporate jets to ferry the performers to and from. 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.

"Hey, that guy looks like Kenny G," a disbelieving grownup was overheard remarking - though the 150 kids in attendance seemed more impressed by their $1,000 gift bags, complete with digital cameras and the latest video iPod.

For his estimated $500,000, I hear that 50 Cent performed only four or five songs - and badly - though he did manage to work in the lyric, "Go shorty, it's your bat miztvah, we gonna party like it's your bat mitzvah."

At one point, I'm told, one of Fitty's beefy bodyguards blocked shots of his boss performing and batted down the kids' cameras, shouting "No pictures! No pictures!" - even preventing Brooks' personal videographers and photographers from capturing 50 Cent's bat-miztvah moment.

"Fitty and his posse smelled like an open bottle of Hennessy," a witness told told me, adding that when the departing rapper prepared to enter his limo in the loading dock, a naked woman was spotted inside.

I'm told that Petty's performance - on acoustic guitar - was fabulous, as was the 45-minute set by Perry and Tyler, who was virtuosic on drums when they took the stage at 2:45 a.m. Sunday.

Henley, I hear, was grumpy at the realization that he'd agreed to play a kids' party.

I'm told that at one point Brooks leapt on the stage with Tyler and Perry, who responded with good grace when their paymaster demanded that his teenage nephew be permitted to sit in on drums. At another point, I'm told, Tyler theatrically wiped sweat off Brooks' forehead - and then dried his hand with a flourish.

Yesterday, Brooks disputed many details provided to me by Lowdown spies at the affair and by other informed sources, scrawling on a fax to me: "All dollar figures vastly exaggerated."

He added: "This was a private event and we do not wish to comment on details of the party."


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: New York
KEYWORDS: anobscenegesture; batmitzvah; defensecontract; longisland; millionaire
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1 posted on 11/30/2005 1:14:13 PM PST by NYer
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To: NYer
the 50-year-old Brooks changed from a black-leather, metal-studded suit - accessorized with biker-chic necklace chains and diamonds from Chrome Hearts jewelers - into a hot-pink suede version of the same lovely outfit

This guy is a defense contractor? He's definitely a security risk, since he's out of his backflipping mind.

2 posted on 11/30/2005 1:15:59 PM PST by wideawake
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To: NYer

Can you say excessive!? Call me cynical, but I wouldn't be surprised if this daughter ends up like Paris Hilton.


3 posted on 11/30/2005 1:16:05 PM PST by Pyro7480 (Sancte Joseph, terror daemonum, ora pro nobis!)
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To: NYer

Oy gevalt!


4 posted on 11/30/2005 1:16:30 PM PST by Dems_R_Losers (The Kerry/Lehane/Wilson/Grunwald/Cooper plot to destroy Karl Rove has failed!)
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To: NYer
Henley, I hear, was grumpy at the realization that he'd agreed to play a kids' party.

But he cashed the check anyway.

5 posted on 11/30/2005 1:16:45 PM PST by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: dead

I wish this girls future husband all the best, for a well adjusted bride...heh


6 posted on 11/30/2005 1:17:54 PM PST by catbertz
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To: wideawake

Oy vey! What a meshugana!


7 posted on 11/30/2005 1:19:09 PM PST by tuff_schlitz (Peace through superior firepower.)
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To: Jersey Republican Biker Chick

I don't care if Tom Petty's playing or not, bats skeeve me out.

Owl_Eagle

(If what I just wrote makes you sad or angry,

 it was probably sarcasm)

8 posted on 11/30/2005 1:19:38 PM PST by South Hawthorne (In Memory of my Dear Friend Henry Lee II)
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To: Pyro7480
Can you say excessive!? Call me cynical, but I wouldn't be surprised if this daughter ends up like Paris Hilton.

I am sure that by now, Paris Hilton earns more than she spends. The TV show, the makeup or whatever, the promotional work, etc all bring in money. This girl almost certainly won't be as productive as Paris Hilton.

Paris Hilton may be a skank, and may be rich, but she's used those to apparently become financially independent.

9 posted on 11/30/2005 1:19:41 PM PST by Koblenz (Holland: a very tolerant country. Until someone shoots you on a public street in broad daylight...)
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To: NYer

I'm glad my kid was happy (well, satisfied) I took her to Wendy's and played lazer tag with her and a half dozen close friends for her 16th.


10 posted on 11/30/2005 1:20:06 PM PST by Fierce Allegiance (I will prevail.)
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how much of this will appear as corporate tax writeoffs?

The IRS should be all over this story. All over it.


11 posted on 11/30/2005 1:20:44 PM PST by oceanview
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To: catbertz

She'll run off with a unemployed goy in 5 years.


12 posted on 11/30/2005 1:21:00 PM PST by AppyPappy (If you aren't part of the solution, there is good money to be made prolonging the problem.)
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To: NYer
OK Googlers. I did a search and found this:

Doubt it's her...lmao.

13 posted on 11/30/2005 1:21:34 PM PST by chemicalman (Many have skeletons in their closets. In New Orleans, we have skeletons in our attics.)
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To: NYer

Absolutely 100% excessive.

I wish I had been invited.


14 posted on 11/30/2005 1:22:17 PM PST by MplsSteve
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To: dead
Henley's a used-up bastard.

He sued a disabled war vet named Don Henley for "cybersquatting" because this vet had registered the URL www.donhenley.com as his own noncommercial personal website.

15 posted on 11/30/2005 1:23:06 PM PST by wideawake
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Fitty and Petty and Aerosmith and Don Henley and Joe Walsh and Stevie Nicks and Kenny G?

Yeah, that's overkill, a little bit.

16 posted on 11/30/2005 1:24:05 PM PST by RichInOC (...what, David Lee Roth wasn't available?)
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To: Liz; eastsider

Friends of yours ;-)?


17 posted on 11/30/2005 1:25:01 PM PST by NYer (ôSocialism is the religion people get when they lose their religion")
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To: wideawake
For his daughter's coming-of-age celebration last weekend, multimillionaire Long Island defense contractor David H. Brooks...

I don't suppose that his daughter used the occasion to announce that in two years she will be enlisting...

18 posted on 11/30/2005 1:25:36 PM PST by M. Dodge Thomas
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To: NYer

I know it's this guy's money, but this kind of excess makes me sick.


19 posted on 11/30/2005 1:27:12 PM PST by MEGoody (Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.)
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To: NYer; Borges; massgopguy; freedomson; wideawake; Pyro7480; dead; Jersey Republican Biker Chick; ...





My friend works in a Jewish school district, and she knows a few kids who went this Batsmitvah. These kids said that the invitation was a box- you opened up a box and in it was a disk man. And when you pressed play it was a recorded invitation.







20 posted on 11/30/2005 1:29:17 PM PST by LauraleeBraswell
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