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Johnny Depp receives standing ovation at Royal Albert Hall gig

Johnny Depp received a standing ovation at the Royal Albert Hall when he joined Jeff Beck on stage for a second time as he awaits the verdict in his trial against Amber Heard.

The jury return to their deliberations today, but the trial seemed far from Depp’s mind as he thanked fans for their applause on stage at the London show a day after he joined Beck in Sheffield.

Amid the long applause, fans could also be heard cheering Depp’s name.

Attendees were stunned to see him, with one, Angela Flannery, telling the PA news agency: ‘I was pretty shocked.’

She added: ‘[I have] always been a massive fan of his. My other half took me to this gig just to see Jeff Beck, I had no idea Johnny would be playing.

‘It was brilliant, such a fantastic night in general… a special mention to the drummer girl, she was absolutely amazing [and] Johnny Depp smashed it.

‘I’ll die happy [that] I’ve been in the same room as him now.’

Depp looked to have a blast as he appeared on stage at the Royal Albert Hall (Picture: Splash News)
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The jury returns to deliberations in the trial today (Picture: UnBoxPHD /
Jeff Beck and Johnny Depp
Jeff Beck said he and Depp ‘haven’t stopped laughing’ for the past five years (Picture: PA)

Beck welcomed Depp to the stage by saying: ‘He came knocking on my dressing room door about five years ago and we haven’t stopped laughing since.’

He added that the appearances were kept quiet ‘for obvious reasons’ as he appeared to avoid mentioning the trial.

Photos emerged of Depp, 58, strumming his electric guitar and singing into the microphone during his second unannounced appearance. 

epa09980930 Actor Johnny Depp gestures to spectators in court after closing arguments at the Fairfax County Circuit Courthouse in Fairfax, Virginia, USA, 27 May 2022. Depp sued his ex-wife Amber Heard for libel in Fairfax County Circuit Court after she wrote an op-ed piece in The Washington Post in 2018 referring to herself as a 'public figure representing domestic abuse.' EPA/Steve Helber / POOL pool image
Some fans were surprised Depp didn’t stay in Virginia (Picture: Steve Helber / POOL/ EPA)
Amber Heard
Heard has been keeping a lower profile (Picture: JIM LO SCALZO / POOL/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

On Sunday, he performed alongside Beck at Sheffield City Hall much to the surprise of audience members who weren’t expecting him to pop up on the UK tour. 

During the show, Depp and Beck sang their 2020 song Isolation, a remake of John Lennon’s 1970 hit. 

The Edward Scissorhands actor, who is also part of the band Hollywood Vampires with Alice Cooper and Joe Perry, also performed a couple of other covers, with he and Beck rocking out to Marvin Gay’s What’s Going On and Jimi Hendrix’s Little Wing.

Many expected Depp to remain in Fairfax, Virginia where the bombshell libel trial has played out for more than a month, and where a verdict is imminent. 

Depp is suing ex-wife Heard over a 2018 article she wrote for The Washington Post, in which she detailed her experience of domestic abuse.

While the op-ed didn’t name Depp, the actor’s legal team argued that it suggested he was physically and sexually abusive towards her during their marriage. Heard is counter-suing Depp for $100million (£79m). 

On Friday both sides gave their closing statements, urging jurors to consider other victims of domestic abuse. The jury is now deliberating on the case, which began on April 11, and will resume on Tuesday after which a verdict could be expected at any time. 

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