Gary Sinise isn’t sure if there will be a ninth season of CBS’s “CSI: NY.” The Highland Park High School alum and former “Forrest Gump” and “Ransom” actor said the show is “on the bubble,” and he won’t learn its fate for another few weeks.
“If they want to do another season, I’m happy to do it,” Sinise said Friday over the phone from New York. “I enjoy doing the show. I hope it gets picked up. If not, it’s been a great eight years.”
If this is the end, Sinise likely won’t having any trouble finding ways to fill his time. He keeps busy with his military-focused charitable work, including The Wounded Warrior Project and his very own Gary Sinise Foundation, and the cover band he and Kimo Williams — whom he met at Steppenwolf Theatre — created in 2003 to perform for U.S. troops, Gary Sinise and the Lt. Dan Band.
The 57-year-old Sinise estimates the band plays 40-50 shows a year around the world. It books paid corporate gigs on occasion, but for the most part plays “morale-boosting” shows, as Sinise put it, for the military and benefit concerts to raise money for the troops. The band will do the latter Friday at Joe’s Bar: Proceeds from the show are bound for the United States Veterans Arts Program. On Saturday, the Lt. Dan Band will perform at Steppenwolf Theatre’s Gala 2012 as it does every year.
Sinise — who plays bass guitar — picks many of the songs on the band’s set list, which includes everything from Jimi Hendrix and Led Zeppelin to Zac Brown Band and Evanescence. He admits the band members don’t rehearse all that much because of their busy schedules, but he feels they don’t need to because they play so many shows together.
“It’s taken on a life of its own,” Sinise said of the group. “… The band isn’t what I want to do for a living. I’m an actor. But I want to do my part to give back to the military.”