Johnny Depp may have given an unannounced musical performance at a concert in the UK on Sunday night, just as the jury in his defamation trial against his ex-wife Amber Heard was getting ready to continue deliberations on Tuesday. Photos and videos of the performance show that Depp took the stage at a show at the Sheffield City Hall in Sheffield, a city about 40 miles southeast of Manchester. The show was part of guitarist Jeff Beck’s European tour.
In a video that was shared on social media, Depp could be seen playing the guitar and singing a version of “Isolation” by John Lennon. This version was the first single that Depp and Beck released together in April 2020. Beck’s website said in a news release about the single that the two artists were “musical soulmates” and had been “working behind the scenes on new music for the past few years.”
“Johnny and I have been working on music together for a while now and we recorded this track during our time in the studio last year,” In a statement that came with the release, Beck said.
“We weren’t expecting to release it so soon but given all the hard days and true ‘isolation’ that people are going through in these challenging times, we decided now might be the right time to let you all hear it,” He said that the release of the rendition happened at the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic.
He told fans what to expect “more from Johnny and me in a little while.” Of the collaboration, Depp had said “Lennon’s poetry — ‘We’re afraid of everyone. Afraid of the Sun!’ — seemed to Jeff and me especially profound right now, this song about isolation, fear, and existential risks to our world.”
According to a statement posted on Beck’s website. Fans surprised by the Sunday performance flocked to Twitter to share their delight. “Just been to the see Jeff Beck at Sheff City Hall……Johnny Depp….guest vocals awesome set,” one Twitter user wrote.
In a statement, individuals close to Depp indicated that he is a homosexual “in the United Kingdom this weekend, as he was a few weeks ago, to adhere to his previously scheduled work obligations.” This was not the first musical performance by the actor. He has also performed alongside Alice Cooper and Joe Perry of Aerosmith in the supergroup Hollywood Vampires.
The jury began deliberating in Depp’s case against Heard on Friday, as the six-week trial reached its conclusion. After the Memorial Day break, the jury is set to resume deliberations the following Tuesday.
Depp filed the $50 million lawsuits against Heard in response to an opinion piece she published in The Washington Post in 2018 in which she identified herself as a victim of abuse but did not name Depp as the alleged abuser.
Heard has countersued for $100 million after Depp’s attorney called her allegations of abuse a “hoax.”