Johnny Depp Played a Random Gig in England While Waiting for Trial Verdict

Two days after a jury began deliberating in his civil trial against Amber Heard, Depp appeared on stage with Jeff Beck at Sheffield City Hall to perform several covers.
Dipo Faloyin
London, GB
Johnny Depp of Hollywood Vampires performs live on stage at Wembley Arena on June 20, 2018 in London, England.
Johnny Depp of Hollywood Vampires performs live on stage at Wembley Arena on June 20, 2018 in London, England. PhotoJim Dyson/Getty Images)

Johnny Depp has marked the end of his seven-week defamation trial by performing at a gig in Sheffield. 

The 58-year-old surprised fans at Sheffield City Hall on Sunday night when he joined rock musician Jeff Beck on stage to perform several covers, including Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Goin’ On” and John Lennon’s “Isolation”. 

Beck and Depp recently released their version of “Isolation” as a single. “The musical soulmates have been working behind-the-scenes for the past few several years on new music,” Beck’s website says of their ongoing collaboration. 

Depp’s appearance came just two days after a jury began deliberating in a civil trial in Virginia over whether his ex-wife, Amber Heard, defamed the actor when she wrote in a 2018 op-ed in the Washington Post that she was the victim of domestic abuse. Over the past six weeks, Heard has outlined in court multiple instances of Depp’s alleged physical abuse throughout their relationship. The actor denies the accusations. 

In 2020, a UK court found Heard’s claims of domestic abuse to be “substantially true” when it ruled in favour of The Sun after Depp sued the newspaper for libel for publishing an article that referred to him as a “wife beater.”