Kiefer Sutherland, best known for his role as Jack Bauer on “24,” knows you’re weary of actors who pursue a side career in rock ’n’ roll. “I would question it too,” he says, calling from his Los Angeles home. “But I really like my songs and enjoy playing them for people.” Fair enough. Sutherland and his band, who have an album coming out in March, will do just that at the Great American Music Hall. They’re not terrible, either, trading in gritty, narrative rock that draws inspiration from such sources as Tom Petty and Johnny Cash. The “Lost Boys” star, 49, tells us what drew us back to his first love.
Q: How can you even tolerate musician catering after experiencing movie-star catering?
A: Well, we’re in no place where we get catering. We have to fend for ourselves. I’m not lucky enough to tell you what it’s like.
Q: You’re definitely slumming it. What do you get out of playing music at this point in your career?
A: It’s a very different form of expression for me. I can pull from my experience in theater and film, but at some point that drops away and the music is what it is.
Q: Most people are probably coming to your shows to see Jack Bauer. How do you get them interested in the music?
A: To be honest, I’m sure a lot of people are coming to see a wreck. But I like my songs. I don’t care why you come. I’m going to do what I can to help us all have a good night. So far we’ve been playing very small venues, and they’ve hung in there with us. Some nights are harder than others.