Like Johnny Depp, Russell Crowe left school at 16 to chase his stage dreams. To this day, the Oscar winner likes to rock out – as either a vocalist or guitarist – with his band 30 Odd Foot of Grunts (TOFOG), now known as The Ordinary Fear of God. "The vast majority of people who talk about us have never even heard us," old band mate Dave Kelly told TIME. "'Russell Crowe's band? I heard they suck.' It's frustrating. But Russell's always been in the band." Next up for the singing Crowe? A new album and U.S. tour, starting next May.