There have been many actors who have tried to double as musicians: Bruce Willis, Keanu Reeves, Jared Leto and even Jim Belushi are among those who have tried this form of moonlighting.
It is a bit of a dicey proposition, to attempt to parlay one's success in one area of entertainment into an entirely different realm. Fortunately, Hugh Laurie's show with the Copper Bottom Band at The Pabst Theater Sunday night showcased the actor's legitimate talent as a blues musician and his awareness of the risk he's taking with this venture.
Laurie opened the performance with a welcome of "Good evening, Milwaukee," and then explained how he never thought in his wildest dreams that he'd be saying those three words. He then addressed the elephant in the room – that the former "House" star is best known as an actor who, because of that notoriety, is getting his shot at being a musician.
Knowing that there was likely some anxiety in the crowd, Laurie made it clear that everyone was in good hands thanks to the Copper Bottom Band that joined him on stage. Laurie said that if he wasn't able to hold up his own end of the bargain, his bandmates would certainly make up for any mistakes.
With that disclaimer, Laurie and the six-member band launched into a cover of Willie Dixon's "Mellow Down Easy." Immediately, any of the supposed apprehension by the Pabst crowd was gone. There seemed to be a good split in the crowd between those who had an appreciation for the blues and those who were there because they are fans of Hugh Laurie as an actor. For many in the latter category, this opening song provided a great deal of amusement at seeing Laurie play the piano.
With the entire crowd won over so early, Laurie basically had free reign to do whatever he wanted in the evening. Laurie carries a natural charm and elicited big laughs from the crowd by doing little things such as adjusting his coat since he'd accidentally sat on its tails while playing the piano. Laurie also showed some …Read more...