As a rule, actors who dabble as musicians do about as well as actors who dabble in politics. Which usually isn’t very well at all.
I wouldn’t try to argue that Gary Sinese is some profound exception to the rule, but he’s put together a more-than-competent cover band that calls itself the Lt. Dan Band, after the character played by Sinese in “Forrest Gump”.
If you recall the movie, Lt. Dan loses both legs in Vietnam but is eventually fitted out with prosthetic limbs, leading to that fateful moment in the movie when a startled Forrest exclaims — all together now! — “Lieutenant Dan! You got new legs! New legs!”
These days, when his schedule allows, Sinese travels with the Lt. Dan Band raising money to help disabled veterans. He and the band will play tomorrow at 7 p.m. at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in Alpharetta, with proceeds used to help build custom-designed homes in the Atlanta area for Marine Cpl. Todd Love, who lost three limbs in Afghanistan, and for Army Specialist First Class Mike Schlitz, who lost two limbs and was burned badly in an IED blast in Iraq.
Here’s the Lt. Dan Band and Sinese, a native of the Chicago area, performing the much-covered Robert Johnson classic “Sweet Home, Chicago.”
– Jay Bookman