Just two days after the trial between Johnny Depp and Amber Heard reached the closing arguments, Depp stunned fans in Sheffield by playing alongside Jeff Beck.
It’s not every day you see a Hollywood star donning a guitar onstage, joining a well-known musician on tour, let alone one who’s in the middle of a multi-million-dollar lawsuit.
Yet just 48 hours after lawyers for Johnny Depp and his ex-wife Amber Heard gave their closing arguments, Depp was up onstage playing guitar at Sheffield City Hall.
The pair sang their cover of ‘Isolation’ – originally a 1970 John Lennon track – which they released in 2020. They also performed a cover of Marvin Gaye’s ‘What’s Going On’ and Jimi Hendrix’s ‘Little Wing’.
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Depp and Heard had been in district court in Fairfax, Virginia, since April 11, with each testifying. On Friday, it went to the jury deliberation.
Depp is suing Heard for $50 million in damages over an op-ed she wrote, which was published in The Washington Post in 2018. Heard, meanwhile, is countersuing her ex-husband for $100 million in one of the most high-profile cases of the century. The jury are expected to deliver a verdict this week.
Depp’s appearance onstage in Sheffield might be a surprise to many, but the Pirates of the Caribbean star had in fact tried his hand at life as a musician before turning to acting – something he even testified to in court, noting that he wasn’t having much success with his fledgling music career.
He’s also a guitarist for Hollywood Vampires – a band he formed alongside Alice Cooper and Aerosmith’s Joe Perry. The name derives from a celebrity drinking club formed by Cooper in the ‘70s that was linked with John Lennon and Ringo Starr, Keith Moon from The Who, and Harry Nilsson.
There’s speculation now that Depp will also play alongside Jeff Beck at the Royal Albert Hall today and tomorrow (30th and 31st May, respectively). As one person tweeted: “Well, looks like Johnny Depp will not be there for the verdict sometime next week. He’s touring with Jeff Beck.”