Johnny Depp starts new chapter with Gateshead Gig

Johnny Depp put his court battle with ex-wife Amber Heard behind him in his first public appearance since the verdict, playing a gig in Gateshead.

The actor and musician joined guitarist Jeff Beck on the latest leg of his UK tour to the delight of hundreds of fans at the Sage venue on Thursday.

Beck also revealed Depp’s next career move, an album that the pair will release together next month.

The gig came a day after Depp won the high-profile US defamation case.

He was absent from the Virginia court when the jury decided Heard’s claim that she was a victim of domestic abuse was defamatory and false. Instead, Depp was spotted on Wednesday evening in a Newcastle pub with Beck.

After the verdict, he released a statement saying he was looking forward to “a new chapter”. That started on Thursday, when he joined the guitar legend on stage for eight songs.

Depp also appeared with Jeff Beck at the Royal Albert Hall in London earlier this week
Depp did not speak about the trial on stage, but Beck referred to it, saying: “What a result.”

The British guitarist told the crowd: “I met this guy five years ago and we’ve never stopped laughing since. We actually made an album. I don’t know how it happened. It will be out in July.”

The pair have previously released a cover of John Lennon’s Isolation, which was among the tracks Depp sang on Thursday. He also fronted covers of Marvin Gaye’s What’s Going On, The Everly Brothers’ Let It Be Me, Jimi Hendrix’s Little Wing and Killing Joke’s The Death and Resurrection Show.

“I think he was having fun,” said one fan, James Pallister, 32, from Newcastle, afterwards. “He looked really happy. He seemed to be in a great place.

“He’s playing music, doing something really fun, and I think that that came across. The crowd was behind him and I think he gave people what they wanted to see. It’s great to see him in Newcastle.”

The Pirates of the Caribbean star told the trial that music was his first love, above acting. Some concertgoers said they were pleasantly surprised by his singing and guitar playing, even if his musicianship was put in the shade by Beck.