Once he had an actual drum kit to bang on, there was no stopping him and he soon formed his own group called the Rubber Band.
Though he never had any formal training, Gary told Howard he and his band experienced several early successes.
The opening act that night was a still up-and-coming the Doors, but Gary didn’t think they were all that good.
“When I heard the Doors play, I leaned over to my piano player and I said, ‘I think we may be on the wrong trail ride.’” Soon after he left L.
Shortly after his 50th birthday, LAPD Homicide Sergeant Roger Murtaugh is partnered with Sergeant Martin Riggs, a transfer from narcotics.A., however, the Doors scored their big hit “Light My Fire” and Gary hasn’t forgotten the band ever since.The big-name rock acts that he’s encountered throughout his life don't end there, though.“It was like dominoes,” Gary said of the gigs he and the Rubber Band lined up.He recalled playing a show at the Whisky a Go Go where the headliner was the band Them, fronted by a soon-to-be superstar Van Morrison.Gary wasn’t wearing a helmet the day of his accident and knows now that he should have been. But he wouldn’t call his accident something he regrets. I call them awareness-level gatherings,” he told Howard, explaining that once you gather yourself enough to become aware of what you’ve done you simply decide not to do it again.She may not be his wife (yet) but Gary is very much in love with his girlfriend Steffanie, who came into the studio on Tuesday to meet Howard.Hunsaker tells Murtaugh that he was concerned about his daughter's involvement in drugs, prostitution, and pornography, and was trying to get Murtaugh to help her escape that life.Murtaugh and Riggs attempt to question Amanda's pimp, but find a drug lab on the premises, leading to a shootout.From his early successes in music that include singing on stage with Bruce Springsteen and drumming for Leon Russell to how he prepared for his parts in “Lethal Weapon” and “The Buddy Holly Story,” the latter of which earned him an Academy Award nomination, Howard and Gary covered just about everything.Check out all the highlights from their conversation (below) and be sure to watch Gary on the new motorcycle-themed docu-series "American M. As a child, Gary used to make music with just the canisters of Quaker Oats and Folgers Coffee around his house.