The folk-rock group "A Fragile Tomorrow" will have the honor of playing before Pope Benedict XVI and a crowd of 20,000 at a Papal Youth Rally -- Alexa James of the Times Herald-Record reports:
I hope we get to meet the pope," says sophomore drummer Dominic Kelly, 16. "I guess he's going to be real busy with everything." . . .
Access to the pope's tour is in high demand. Bands who wanted to perform at the youth rally had to submit CDs and DVD performance footage to the pontiff's entertainment committee.
The band mates from A Fragile Tomorrow - vocalists Dominic and his twin, Sean; their guitarist brother, Brendan, 13; and new addition Shaun Rhoades, 21, on bass and keyboards - shipped performance videos and demo tapes from their new album to the Archdiocese of New York.
Last week, in the mail, they got the next best thing to a recording contract. "Congratulations," said a letter from the archdiocese. Their band was deemed "engaging and appropriate" enough to play for the bishop of Rome, who is himself an accomplished pianist.
The Kelly boys insist they aren't nervous. They go to church every Sunday.