Johnny Depp’s victory tour continues: actor greets fans outside Manchester hotel ahead of latest UK gig with musician pal Jeff Beck
- Johnny Depp is due to perform with friend Jeff Beck in Manchester this evening
- Depp, 58, has officially joined Beck’s tour of the UK which will end on Tuesday
- Actor was awarded £8million by jury in defamation suit against ex Amber Heard
Johnny Depp’s victory tour of the UK continues as he has been pictured leaving a hotel in Manchester with musician and friend Jeff Beck.
The actor, 58, has been in the UK to join Beck, 77, on his tour and previously made an appearance during his friend’s gig at the Sage Gateshead in the north of England on Thursday and was in Glasgow last night.
Depp was pictured leaving a hotel in Manchester ahead of a performance at the O2 Apollo this evening.
He stopped to sign autographs and pose for photos with gushing fans who were keen to show their support for the Pirates of the Caribbean actor.
In Scotland last night, fans treated him like a long lost Beatle as he sang and played rhythm guitar while mumbling his way through a number of hits including Marvin Gaye’s What’s Going On and The Beatles hit Paperback Writer.
But Depp’s set at the Royal Concert Hall was repeatedly interrupted with fans eager to voice their support.
Johnny Depp seen leaving a Manchester Hotel signing autographs and posing for selfies
Pictured: Johnny Depp is seen shaking hands with a fan outside a hotel in Manchester today
Johnny Depp was pictured hugging and talking to fans outside a hotel in Manchester today
They chanted, ‘Johnny, Johnny’, ‘Innocent, Innocent’ and ‘Johnny Depp, Johnny Depp’ with some Beck fans pleading with them to ‘shut up’.
It came after Depp sued his ex-wife Heard, 36, for $50million over a 2018 piece she had written that alleged she was a victim of domestic abuse.
Depp won the trial by jury in Virginia in the US this week, meaning he is set to receive millions in compensation from Heard.
His victory has been well-received by his fans, and despite Beck being billed as the main attraction during his UK tour, the audience have come alive whenever Depp has taken to the stage.
Beck’s live appearance, which followed UK dates including shows in London and Sheffield, coincides with the news that he is planning to release a new album next month.
In Glasgow, Beck, who has collaborated with Depp on the new material, said: ‘When I first asked Johnny to do the blues with me he told me to f**k off. Everything is the blues. We have a new album coming out hopefully in July.’
Pictured: Johnny Depp says hello to a fan’s canine companion outside a Manchester hotel
Depp was awarded $15million by a jury in his defamation suit against ex wife Amber Heard
Though there is no official release date or title for the album, Beck has admitted to the fact that he sees Depp as a friend as well as a touring buddy.
He said: ‘I’m going to take this opportunity to tell you that I met this guy five years ago and we haven’t stopped laughing since. We actually made an album.
‘I don’t know how it happened. It will be out in July.’
In addition to the album, Depp has an upcoming role as King Louis XV in his first feature film in almost three years.
Jeanne du Barry tells the story of Jeanne Bécu who was born as the illegitimate daughter of an impoverished seamstress in 1743 and went on to rise through the Court of Louis XV to become his last official mistress.
Depp has previously played with supergroup Hollywood Vampires alongside Alice Cooper and Joe Perry.
The actor, 58, has been in the UK to join Beck, 77, on his tour and made an appearance during his friend’s gig at Sage Gateshead in the north of England on Thursday night
In a statement following his defamation lawsuit against Heard, he hailed the start of a ‘new chapter’.
Depp learned he will walk away with millions of dollars after he won his US defamation case against his ex-wife Amber Heard on Wednesday.
The actor seemed in good spirits as he came out to greet well-wishers after the concert in Gateshead the following day, signing autographs and posing for photos with a crowd of roughly 200 people who had waited by the stage door to see him leave.
After fans congratulated him on winning the suit the Pirates of the Caribbean star laughed and said: ‘Thank you, I’m still in shock a little.’
Depp also joked about the finger he claims Amber Heard severed during a fight they had in Australia, an ordeal he spoke about in court.
As he signed autographs he smiled, leant down, pointed at a little boy’s fingers and said: ‘You have five, I have four and seven eighths. Mad.’
During the trial he said: ‘She [Amber Heard] had thrown a bottle of vodka and cut my finger off. The tip of my finger. A good chunk.’
‘I miss it,’ he added, with a brief smile.
Depp is due to join him for the rest of the tour — to Birmingham, Manchester and York — concluding on Tuesday.
Tickets for the shows are suddenly in short supply and crowds of hundreds of fans have consistently been gathering outside the hotels where the actor has been staying ever since he was first spotted in Sheffield last week.
There were around 250 fans outside the Hilton in Gateshead on Thursday night hoping for a glimpse of Depp and he spent the hours waiting for the verdict at a pub in nearby Newcastle, drinking Guinness and eating fish, chips and mushy peas — to the astonished delight of punters and staff.
He went back to the Hilton to watch the court proceedings on Zoom as the verdict came in on June 1.
Sources close to the star say he is ‘still regrouping’ after the stunning verdict, which requires his ex-wife to pay him about £8 million, which she does not have.
‘This is a huge moment for Johnny and he is still trying to take it all in,’ says a friend.
‘Aquaman’ actor Amber Heard will appeal the jury’s decision that she defamed ex-husband Depp when she claimed she was a survivor of sexual violence, her attorney said on Thursday.
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