Last night, Sandra Bullock appeared at Nashville Rising: A Benefit Concert for Flood Recovery. Her appearance was not to reprise one of her hit screen roles or perform an impromptu scene. She came on stage to play the acoustic guitar. Not a lot of people will know that as one of Ms. Bullock’s talents. Despite her playing down of her performance, though, the crowd loved this version of the hard rock anthem first released in 1972.
According to reports, her version of the British band Deep Purple’s ‘Smoke on the Water’ was pretty good and earned the Hollywood actress a standing ovation from the 15,000 strong audience. However, the 45 year old was particularly self effacing. Having earlier vowed to bring the house down, she declared, “I can’t play for crap!” The audience disagreed and her performance was met with warm applause.
The event was hosted by husband and wife team, Faith Hill and Tim McGraw. The real celeb followers of you out there will recall that McGraw played Bullock’s on-screen husband in The Blind Side.
Other benefit performers more used to entertaining us with music included Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood and ZZ Top. Reese Witherspoon was a disappointing absentee but she recorded her own video greeting and good wishes to the Nashville audience.
The concert in Nashville raised over $2 million for the fun set up to aid the Texas flood victims. Let’s hope it all gets well spent and then the celebrities’ kindness in donating their time and energy will make a big difference.