SANREMO 2024: RUSSELL CROWE: there is a huge blood bond with Italy

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Guest of the third evening of the Sanremo Festival will be Russell Crowe. “Il Gladiatore” will perform on the Ariston stage with his band “Russell Crowe & The Gentlemen Barbers”.

Having abandoned the roles of Massimo Decimo Meridio in the film “Gladiator” by Ridley Scott, of the mathematician John Nash in “Beautiful Mind” or of the boxer James J. Braddock in “Cindirella Man – A reason to fight”, Russell picked up a guitar and With his band he went on tour around the world.

My first record came out in 1982, long before I started making films.
Music has always been there in my life. My first record came out when I was 17.
If they asked me what profession I did, I said musician, before cinema changed my life.
I’ve been doing cinema for 35 years but music for 40 years.

I have always had an attraction for Italy especially because I discovered I had an Italian ancestor.
While traveling around Italy I understood how strong this connection was and this enormous blood bond emerged.

My exploration of Italy has just begun. Last year I toured Puglia for a long time and this year after the tour I will get to know other cities.

It’s fluid – comments Russell Crowe – it’s like a festival where I gather artists I respect, musicians and storytellers, and we put on a show”. The idea was born in 2009 in a pub outside London and has continued ever since. With this extraordinary setup, Crowe puts The Gentlemen Barbers at the forefront. “We revisit numerous successes in the history of music – continues Crowe – bringing iconic songs back to life, through new arrangements, to give the public a truly extraordinary experience”.

My journey into cinema begins with playing, touring and releasing records. This work led me to musical theater (Grease, Rocky Horror Show, Blood Brothers) and, miraculously, a director saw me perform in Blood Brothers and asked me to audition.”

Russell Crowe will sing this evening Let the light shine feat. Marcia Hines.



June 23 | ROME @Colosseum Archaeological Park
09 July | POMPEII @ Amphitheater of the excavations
13 July | PIACENZA @Palazzo Farnese
14 July | VARESE @Giardini Estensi
16 July | BOLOGNA @Teatro Comunale Noveau


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