Johnny Depp Performs With Jeff Beck Ahead Of Defamation Trial Verdict

Johnny Depp made a surprise appearance on stage during Jeff Beck’s show in Sheffield last night (May 29).

Beck has performed at Sheffield City Hall as part of his current UK and European headlining tour, which continues tonight (30 May) at the Royal Albert Hall in London.

Depp returned to the UK while awaiting the verdict in his libel trial against his ex-wife Amber Heard. Closing arguments were heard in court last Friday (May 27) and a decision is expected early this week.

The actor, who formed the Hollywood Vampires with Alice Cooper and Joe Perry in 2012, played guitar on three songs in Beck’s set last night, including the pair’s collaborative 2020 cover of John Lennon’s Isolation.

Depp and Beck also performed live renditions of Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Going On” and Jimi Hendrix’s “Little Wing.” Check out the fan shot videos below.

Corresponding meeting, Depp could perform at Beck’s next two concerts at London’s Royal Albert Hall. The latter’s 2022 tour also includes dates in Gateshead (2 June), Glasgow (3), Manchester (4), Birmingham (6) and York (7).

It was reported last summer that the duo were working together on new material for Beck’s next studio album, which would follow up on 2016’s Loud Hailer.

Depp sued Amber Heard for defamation in 2018 Washington Post Commentary in which she wrote about being a domestic violence survivor. She didn’t mention Depp by name in the play, but his attorneys have argued that this implied she was abused by him during their marriage.

Heard has also filed a counterclaim against her ex-husband, alleging that Depp launched a smear campaign against her.

If the jury finds that Heard defamed Depp, she will be sentenced to a loss of earnings. He is targeting a sum of $50m (£39.5m).

Out of Rolling Stone UK. Subscribe to the magazine in print and get free access to the digital edition. Johnny Depp Performs With Jeff Beck Ahead Of Defamation Trial Verdict

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