The main event of the episode kicks off when Sookie receives four tickets to see The Bangles in concert that Saturday as a gift from a delighted wedding client named Mr. Birnbaum, and gives them to Lorelai. Sookie says that Lorelai requested them, so perhaps Mr. Birnbaum, who owned a ticket agency, asked Sookie which show she would like to attend, and she asked for The Bangles on behalf of Lorelai.
The Bangles broke up in 1989 and went on hiatus. They drifted back together in 1998, and officially re-formed in 1999 to record a song called Go Get the Girl (written by band members Susanna Hoffs and Debbi Peterson) for the soundtrack to Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me. Susanna Hoffs is married to Jay Roach, the film’s director.
In 2000 The Bangles did a reunion tour, and that same year was inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame. In real life, Lorelai could not have seen The Bangles in concert in February 2001 as they were not touring then, but working on their next album.