If I mention the term, ‘rock star wedding’, what thoughts immediately spring to mind? Obviously a little bit of glitz and glamour, but generally, drunkenness, debauchery, excess and probably the odd bit of fisticuffs thrown in for good measure. These are the type of thing you usually read about in the papers, and goodness knows there have been lots of precedents. What you won’t normally associate with a rock star wedding, or stag night, is a ‘traditional’ Chesterfield sofa. Well, now you can. Jamie Hince, the guitarist from rock band, The Kills, celebrated his impending nuptials to Oxfordshire supermodel, Kate Moss, by inviting all his celebrity mates back to his suite at the exclusive W Hotel to continue the evening’s celebrations on a 15 metre circular, rotating leather Chesterfield sofa. That must have been some party.
The stag evening started conventionally enough with a tour of some of London’s less salubrious pubs, but only after the stars had kicked-off the bash with a meal at Les Trois Garcons restaurant. He was joined on this escapade by Primal Scream front man, Bobby Gillespie, Loaded singer, David Garner, and former Clash Guitarist, Mick Jones, amongst others, though the inclusion of The Kills band mate, Alison Mosshart, might have put the cat amongst the pigeons on this traditional men-only celebration. After the pub crawl everyone headed to The Macbeth pub to watch a performance by the punk band The Mob, who’d reformed after 27 years apart.
The stag party finally ended up at the upmarket W Hotel, where they partied both at the hotel’s ‘Wyld’ bar, no pun intended, and Jamie’s exclusive WOW suite, which costs a reported £5,000 a night. For that sort of price you’d expect luxury, with a capital ‘L’: well that’s exactly what they got. The suite included a 40 square metre bathroom, a giant Jacuzzi, a 62 inch plasma screen, a mirrored ceiling and, in pride of place, the 15 metre rotating leather Chesterfield sofa. Why rotating, you may ask? That bit’s unclear, but if you’re hosting a room full of guests, a host can never be seen to be turning his back on anyone. What better then than a rotating Chesterfield: at least you’d get to see every guest that way at least once in each revolution.
The wedding apparently took place on July 1 at a church near the 37-year-old catwalk beauty’s home in Oxfordshire. Where there any traditional Chesterfield sofas on display at the reception? Well, no one knows: it was an invitation-only event, so the likes of you and I were definitely persona non grata.