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.