Courtney Love, who made headlines on Tuesday for being arrested after causing a disturbance on a flight from Los Angeles to England, became a rock-and-roll cartoon again the following night — literally.
The former leader of Hole ended a star-studded benefit performance to raise funds for London’s historic Old Vic Theatre by coming onstage dressed as Donald Duck, then stripping down to fishnets and underwear while she sang Elton John’s “Bitch Is Back” with John on piano. Elton was known to rock a similar duck suit when performing back in the ’70s.
The show was organized by actor Kevin Spacey, who has taken over as artistic director of the theater.
During the evening, Love also belted out “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me,” Sting sang “Come Down in Time,” Elvis Costello performed “Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word,” Sinead O’Connor sang “Sacrifice” and Craig David crooned “Candle in the Wind.”
Spacey performed “Harmony” alone, and later he dressed like Elton, sprawled across a piano and sang “Someone Saved My Life Tonight” surrounded by a gospel choir. Partway through the song, the choir parted, revealing the real Elton at the piano.
Among those attending the event were actors Peter O’Toole and Joseph Fiennes, and Virgin Air founder Richard Branson, on whose airline Love had her troubles (see “Courtney Love Arrested For Disorderly Conduct Aboard London Flight” ).
When Love and Branson met at a party in connection with the benefit, both seemed polite and smiley with one another, a publicist for the event said.