I love these guys. And not just because one’s a sexy plumber, two are hot doctors, yet another is an adorable mind reader…ok, you get the point.
Valid as these reasons may be, my admiration actually stems from something much less superficial. The reason I’m so smitten with Greg Grunberg (Heroes, Alias), Bob Guiney (The Bachelor), James Denton (Desperate Housewives), Hugh Laurie (House), Adrian Pasdar (Heroes), Jesse Spencer (House) and Scott Grimes (ER, American Dad) is because: 1) they are passionate about using their celebrity and talent to make a difference where it counts; 2) they have to be some of the nicest guys to come out of Hollywood; and 3) they put on one hell of a show.
Who is Band From TV?
For those unfamiliar, Band From TV is exactly what the name implies; a group of musicians, all of whom are actors/personalities from primetime television shows. Formed by Grunberg some five years ago, what makes them unique is that after the bills are paid, every penny of what they earn is divided across charities of each member’s choosing.
Ever since I had the opportunity to witness Band From TV firsthand at Fallsview Casino Resort in Niagara Falls, Canada, last March, I’ve been waiting for them to come back. And that happens next month. The guys return for three shows over the February long weekend (February 19-21), once again at Fallsview.
Fallsview Casino 2010
Those in attendance last year will remember the shows for what they were: fun. Men and women alike were on their feet, dancing and singing along to classic tunes like The Who’s Baba O’Reilly and Queen’s Don’t Stop Me Now. The vocal talent of Grimes and Spencer’s skillful handling of the violin blew everyone away; while Guiney and Grunberg joining the dancing crowd in the aisles was a huge hit.
“We had such a great time last year,” says Guiney. “The fans and audience were amazing. We are very excited to return!”
A Great Year
The group has come a long way, even since this time last year, garnering more media attention and gig offers. “More than having evolved as a band, I think we’ve solidified,” says Grunberg. “We’re locked in on who we are. The Fallsview shows were a real turning point for us and I think we’ve gotten better and tighter, really honed the songs.”
“Every gig we do, we seem to get better,” adds Pasdar. “And it seems like the more fun we have, the better we do. Everyone is so giving in this band, there are no egos. And we never lose sight of the fact that we have to be good to score more gigs; it keeps us on our toes!”
Keeping a Balance
So how do seven guys with hectic filming schedules, not to mention family responsibilities, reconcile their growing popularity as a band with everything else in their lives? “More than career-wise, it’s the personal issues that have been really challenging,” says Grunberg. “The professional stuff, we can work that out. But the Fallsview shows, for example, fall on a long weekend when school is out. So it was really hard. But at the same time, we’re able to give so much money to the charities. So we have to pick and choose.”
It’s clear that these guys are a tight knit group, both on and off stage. Pasdar, who initially only joined the band for one show, says of Grunberg, “He is just an amazing friend, husband, father…I feel lucky to have a friendship with him. And the fact that we can play together and make so much money for charity is wonderful; in this economy, that’s the first thing to go.”
Making a Difference
For his part, Pasdar has teamed with actor Jeffrey Wright (Casino Royale) and plays in support of the Taia Peace Foundation, an organization that focuses on bringing sustainable assistance to Sierra Leone. “The problem is there is no infrastructure to support the agricultural possibilities that do exist in these rural communities,” says Pasdar. “Well-meaning people come in and create a welfare society that is ultimately unsustainable. We try and take a more hands-on approach, by building roads and providing tools for education.”
More Band From TV…
For more information on the many charities supported by BFTV, and just to find out more about these guys, their work and their music, check out Band From TV. And to see them live at Fallsview, visit Ticketmaster.
If you can’t make the show, but want more, come January 18 the band’s first digital download, “Hoggin’ All the Covers Unleashed”, is being released and will be available across a variety of sites. The CD/DVD is also available at retailers such as Amazon, Best Buy, and Barnes &Noble.
Bob Guiney pretty much sums it best: “The whole story with this band is that we’ve been forced to either put up or shut up. Luckily we’ve been able to put up!”
Yes they have. And I can’t wait to dance next month.