Russell Crowe and Patti Smith Play Secret Gig in Iceland (VIDEO)
On August 18, Gladiator star Russell Crowe took to a tiny stage in an almost-as-tiny bar in Iceland, to belt out a few numbers for his Nordic audience.
To his audience’s surprise, songwriting legend Patti Smith joined the 48-year-old Australian actor.
What did the odd pair sing?
Caught on amateur video, Smith, 65, and Crowe joined forces to sing the classic Bruce Springsteen song “Because the Night," which Smith co-wrote.
In the video above, watch as Crowe announces his surprise guest to huge applause.
“We have a very special, special guest who happens to be visiting Iceland at the same time, and she’s going to come and sing a song for you,” Crowe told the audience, which included funnyman Ben Stiller.
“She’s a legend.”
While Crowe does have his own band, 40 Foot of Grunt, he happily sang back-up for Smith. Better yet, the performance was surprisingly good.
Smith is currently touring the country, while Crowe is in Reykjavik to film his new movie Noah.
Coincidentally, Stiller is also in Iceland to film The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.
Crowe, who won an Oscar in 2001 for Gladiator, did two other performances as part of the local Culture Night event; however, none were as intimate as this gig on August 18.