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We’re With the Band

August 12, 2008 12:05 PM

Band From TV Most actors seem to also sing out of a burning desire to be media hyphenates. The actors in Band From TV sing for a good cause.

“Heroes” star Greg Grunberg started the band to raise money for epilepsy research, inviting his fellow actors to play and sing with the band for their own charities.

Last Saturday, band members Grunberg (drums), “Desperate Housewives’” James Denton (guitar, vocals and a mean harmonica), “The Bachelor’s” Bob Guiney (vocals) and “House’s” Jesse Spencer (electric “sexy violin”) headlined a free Netflix Live! on Location concert and screening of some classic TV series on DVD outside the Autry National Center of the American West in Los Angeles’ Griffith Park. Nice idea having the event outside, but the hay-like shavings on the ground and persistent bugs aren’t really what you think of when you hear “Pine Meadows Lawn.” There should be at least some grass involved.

But the Daily Blink will forgive the blunder because it was all for a good cause, with Netflix donating money to each actor’s charity. Plus, the Band put on a infectiously fun performance with the help of some special guests.

Half the “Heroes” cast must have been working overtime because the other half was rockin’ with Grunberg. Hayden Panettiere introduced the band and Milo Ventimiglia snuck onstage to snap pictures. His onscreen brother, Adrian Pasdar, spent the night on-stage playing guitar in his too-cool-for-school sunglasses.

Check out video from the concert after the cut.

The first song of the night, “Mustang Sally,” got special guest vocals from “Lost’s” Jorge Garcia, who also came back for the encore, “Shake a Tail Feather”—which the crowd did with enthusiasm, trying to prolong the night. “Chuck” star Zachary Levi joined the band on “A Letter,” while Denton’s “Desperate” co-star Teri Hatcher sang three songs, including the Carrie Underwood number the band performed on “American Idol Gives Back.”

The biggest cheer came when surprise guest Hugh Laurie (“House”) walked on stage, arms raised high in the air, and took to the keyboard for a rendition of “Such a Night.”

Afterwards, Netflix reminded the audience to rent TV on DVD by screening episodes of “The Cosby Show,” “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” “The Bob Newhart Show,” “The Muppet Show” and “Schoolhouse Rock!” on a big outdoor screen. Most of the audience jetted after the concert’s end, but the Daily Blink stuck around for “I’m Just a Bill.”

And because the Daily Blink’s not an early deserter, it also was treated to an episode of “The Cosby Show” featuring a hilarious rendition of Ray Charles’ “Night Time Is the Right Time.”

—Vlada Gelman

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