So you think all pension lawyers are boring, middle-aged people, whose idea of fun is reading the latest edition of "Fundamentals of Private Pensions?"
Andrew Oringer, a partner at Clifford Chance US LLP, New York, who usually pores over the fine print of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act, is also a wannabe rock star. He spent $5,995 to participate in a five-day rock 'n' roll fantasy camp some months ago, jamming with his idols: Roger Daltrey from The Who; Mark Farner of Grand Funk Railroad; Derek St. Holmes, vocalist for Ted Nugent; Ace Frehley, guitarist of Kiss; and Ricky Byrd, guitarist for Joan Jett.
Mr. Oringer, who plays the drums, took his first lesson when he was 40 and started playing with The Denials, the law firm's in-house band, at the office Christmas party a few years ago.
"I had only been playing for a year-and-a-half, and here I was playing in front of 200 people. It was very cool," he said, describing his public debut at Connolly's Pub in midtown Manhattan.
So, when Mr. Oringer, who is also shopping a manuscript for a whodunit novel, heard about the fantasy camp, naturally he jumped.
He got a chance to play "Summertime Blues" with Mr. Daltrey, as well as other hits.
He says it was exciting to "play with the people I had listened to through the years, and play the kind of music I really like, and see what it's like from the other side."
This was the third time that David Fishoff, Ringo Starr's producer and manager, had organized the "Rock 'n' Roll Fantasy Camp," but the first time in New York.