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- Posted on Feb 25th 2009 12:00PM by Benjy Eisen
While weddings are something that just about every band has done at least once before, bassist Tim Nordwind tells Spinner that OK Go has never succumbed to being the wedding band (except now, for pretend, in a blockbuster).
That's not to say that OK Go hasn't accepted the right price for an out-of-the-ordinary private gig before. "One winter, the owner of a New York City major league baseball team booked OK Go to play at his granddaughter's military boarding school in Central Indiana," says Nordwind. "We were basically hired to pick up the weary spirits of these kids who were in the second to last day of mid-winter semester finals."
The band was flown in covertly and secretly set up behind a curtain in the auditorium, where the headmaster held a morning assembly giving the students a pep talk for making it through the final stretch. Upon his final words of -- get ready for it -- "OK, go!," the curtain dropped and OK Go slammed into a raucous set of good ole' rock 'n' roll.
"What followed was something that looked like joyful anarchy," says Nordwind. "These kids went absolutely haywire, like popcorn popping in a popcorn popper. It was bananas and the faculty freaked out. And in the end, everyone had a good time, except maybe a couple of school officials."
No word on whether or not OK Go are also available for birthday parties, but they will embark on a short bi-coastal spring tour of traditional venues beginning March 6 in Philadelphia. Coming soon to a theater (and Cineplex) near you.