Howard reported that his 13-year-old daughter recently went to a friend's bat mitzvah, and that the event was so costly and star-studded that there were stories about it in the New York papers.
Howard noted that each child at the party was given a gift bag, which included a video iPod, a digital camera and a piece of jewelry. In addition, Howard said that 50 Cent, Aerosmith, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, the Eagles, Kenny G. and Stevie Nicks all performed.
According to one report Howard read, the bat mitzvah cost $10 million. Howard noted that he thinks that Infinity execs should be putting as much effort into his farewell show as the girl's parents did for her bat mitzvah, and that they can start by hiring bands to play for him on December 16th.
Howard mentioned, though, that the only guest Tom has lined up for his party on that day is Eddie Moyer, a man who recently retired from Infinity. Howard pointed out that he loved working with Eddie and that he was an amazing salesman, but that he was hardly a worthwhile farewell guest. Because of their religious importance, Howard went on to say that he thinks bat mitzvahs should take place in a temple with only 20 or so of the child's friends. Howard added that the only way Aerosmith will play at his daughter's bat mitzvah is if someone picks one of their songs on the jukebox.
Howard also pointed out that while a 13 year-old-girl who has yet to contribute financially to her family gets a million dollar party from her parents, he gets "I hope it snows on your last day," from his general manager after earing many millions of dollars for the company over a 20-year relationship.