“The best is yet to come and a new chapter finally begins,” Johnny Depp wrote on social media on June 1. It was the culmination of the notorious defamation lawsuit against her ex-wife, Amber Heard, and the prelude to her legal victory in the United States. The Hollywood antihero made his message come true without even giving his content time to flutter around the world.
He was seen in a pub in the north of England while the Virginia jury reconsidered the damaging testimony and the torrent of crossed accusations of ill-treatment and violent attacks between the two actors. And hours before the verdict was issued, Depp jumped on stage at Sheffield City Hall hand in hand with Jeff Beck.
“I met this guy five years ago and we haven’t stopped laughing ever since,” the masterful British guitarist told the audience. Depp got hooked on the Jeff Beck tour unannounced and accompanied the band on successive concerts, from the Royal Albert Hall in London, to the Sage in Gateshead (near Newcastle) and his long-awaited appearance at the Royal Concert Hall in Glasgow on Friday night.
The live performances will also be rounded off with an upcoming installment by the veteran musician and the most controversial amateur. “We have recorded an album. I don’t know how it happened. It will come out in July,” Jeff Beck advanced, according to those attending the bowling. The new recording will be the second recording collaboration between the two stars since they released their joint version of ‘Isolation’, the theme from the first album by John Lennon and his Plastic Ono Band. They performed the song – with Deep on vocals and Jeff Beck on guitar – at concerts this week.
The coronavirus pandemic spoiled the initial projects around this topic, which came to light in April 2020, at the beginning of the confinements. “Jeff Beck and I recorded ‘Isolation’ last year, our version of Lennon’s beautiful theme. Lennon’s poetry – Afraid of All/Afraid of the Sun – feels profoundly special to us right now… a song about isolation, fear and existential risks in our world,” said the former protagonist of Pirates of the Caribbean.
For Depp, Jeff Beck is his “all-time guitar hero.” The influential performer played with rock’s greats, from the Yardbirds to Rod Steward, before hitting the solo route. He has now given a magnificent opportunity to the Eduardo Scissorhands of the cinema to resume his musical career and open the anticipated new vital chapter. For something he confessed, during his oral testimony in Virginia, that he always wanted to be a musician before being an actor.
Depp has filming on the rock stages. He was part of the Hollywood Vampires supergroup alongside Alice Cooper and Joe Perry, which was active for at least five years. Now he is up in the air if he will continue to contribute his voice and his guitar in the pending appointments of Jeff Beck’s tour of the United Kingdom, Italy, France and other European venues for the live shows announced to date. At the moment, the actor savors the judicial triumph that the British Justice denied him two years ago based on the same allegations and similar testimonies of domestic and conjugal violence.
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