By Delinda Lombardo on
Kevin Costner and his band Modern West rocked out during Super Bowl weekend in an effort to show people how serious he is about music, and to raise money for charity.
The 54-year-old actor said he’d be happy to ditch the fame of celebrity for the chance to just perform.
“It’s clearly not the need for attention. I’ve had enough of that for a lifetime,” Costner said laughing. “It’s no fun being a celebrity. I’d rather be a performer. I’d rather sing for my supper.”
Look to the Stars caught Costner and Modern West’s performance at last years Celebrity Fight Night and highly recommends catching a performance if given the chance.
Costner’s Saturday Night bash was co-hosted by ex-New York Giant Michael Strahan, and a portion of the proceeds went to several good causes via a foundation set up by Tampa Bay Buccaneers kicker Matt Bryant to honor his 3-month-old son, who died suddenly in September.
Costner says the charity aspect was part of the attraction.
“Can you imagine the loss?” he said of the Bryants’ tragedy. “The charity made it easy for me to come down here. Otherwise, I’d watch the game at home on TV.”
Strahan also said he wanted to help Matt Bryant and his family. Strahan and Bryant were former teammates in New York. “It makes me feel really good to give something back to someone I care about,” Strahan said. “Once you play with somebody and they’re your teammate, they’re your family.”
Costner and his band Modern West are currently touring- playing clubs and theaters in Omaha, Neb., Des Moines, Iowa, and Columbia, Mo and others. He hopes people will come because he’s Kevin Costner but leave as fans of Modern West. “We’re playing original music, so the difficulty in that is inherent with any performer playing songs that [people] can’t tap their toe to because they’ve never heard it,” he says. “I kind of like the challenge of everything that probably goes with being me, the curiosity factor and everything else, and doing songs that they’ve never heard and holding that audience.”
The Saturday Night Spectacular served to benefit the Matthew Tryson Bryant Foundation, as well as several children’s charities and to help fund research into SIDS, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. Celebrities in attendance included: Baseball hall of famer Wade Boggs and Tampa Bay Rays’ first baseman Carlos Pena, Jerry Cantrell – guitarist for the seminal grunge band Alice In Chains – Academy Award winning-actor Cuba Gooding Jr., and Zachary Levi and Joshua Gomez of NBC’s hit series “Chuck.”
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