Johnny Depp’s two performing personalities — movie star and rock star — were on wild display this weekend.
First he was slurring “Captain Jack Sparrow” swaggering around Disneyland in eyeliner and dreads on Saturday. Then he slicked back his hair, donned a buttoned-down shirt and gray vest and strapped on a white electric guitar to join Gene Simmons for a charity gig in a Los Angeles bowling alley Sunday night.
According to the Associated Press, Depp didn’t say a word as he stepped onto a small stage inside the Lucky Strike bowling alley, where he and Simmons and other musicians played a fundraising concert Sunday for MendingKids.org, an organization that provides hundreds of free corrective surgeries each year for children around the world.
The event also featured a surprise reunion of rock group Extreme for a performance of their 1991 classic More Than Words.
Depp quietly took the stage to play Alice Cooper’s School’s Out. Depp, Cooper and guitarist Joe Perry are now part of a superband, the Hollywood Vampires, scheduled to play two charity gigs next month and release a self-titled album, with proceeds earmarked for charity.
A supporter of MendingKids.org for several years, Simmons invited anyone with $1,000 to donate to the organization to come up and sing with the band. About 10 donors took him up on the offer, including his son and daughter, and they shared the stage with Depp, Simmons and the rest of the band during the closing number, the Kiss hit Rock and Roll All Nite.
After the show, Depp waved to fans and disappeared out a side door.