Castles Made of Sand

Rock Lives -- even in the Defense Department.

In a contracting notice posted Jan. 10, the DoD said it wants to hire a "Professional Celebrity Rock Music Band" to tour in Kuwait and Afghanistan next month.

Wanna-be guitar heroes take note: the band needs to be able to play southern rock, pop rock, post-grunge and hard rock. It appears that whiny rock is out.

No faking on the rock star part. This military is serious about its fun, and they insist that at least one member of the bank be a recognizable "professional celebrity."

Oh, but don't worry about the war thing. "Protective military equipment, such as kevlar, body armour, eye and ear protection will be provided when the group is travelling on military rotary or fixed wing aircraft," the posting says.

Long live rock-and-roll procurement.

By Robert O'Harrow |  January 30, 2008; 7:00 AM ET iraq
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Music will likely benefit the souls of military personnel hours, days and weeks longer than a faded recollection of political passers-by.

Posted by: nooztime | January 30, 2008 2:28 PM

Not many pleasures handy for the troops in Iraq and Afghanstan. The young soldiers, women and men, will love the entertainment planned for them. Bob Hope, the USO entertainer of my day, is gone. Perhaps a new group of entertainers will emerge to provide a few hours of enjoyment for the deployed troops.

Posted by: William L. Yost | January 31, 2008 1:24 PM

I'd rather listen to IEDs going off!

Posted by: dan | January 31, 2008 1:24 PM

Lets get Toby Keith, Kid Rock, and all the country stars that support this war over there to show their support and valor. Cmon show your not just a patriot in a song but in actions.

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