Johnny Depp abandoned his pirate get-up and took a break from his Pirates of the Caribbean duties to take the stage with KISS rocker Gene Simmons at the Lucky Strike bowling alley in Hollywood. The concert, featuring Depp and Simmons, was a charity event with the proceeds from the sale of the $150 tickets going to MendingKids.org.
The Mending Kids organization helps to obtain corrective surgery for children of families that couldn’t otherwise afford the operations.
Johnny took the stage with Simmons to perform Alice Cooper’s classic hit “School’s Out” but didn’t address the crowd as many of the audience members might have hoped. Johnny was dressed more conservatively than he normally appears with a light colored dress shirt beneath a denim vest and matching denim jeans. Later, Depp spoke about the issues Mending Kids addresses as he made a public statement.
“Mending Kids is not only changing the lives of these kids, but making a difference in developing countries that are in need of medical care.”
Gene Simmons said that he’d never played with Depp and that the performance had been mostly improvised around Johnny’s appearance.
“You get up there and just let it roll,” Gene said. “But anything you do too slick doesn’t come off heartfelt. It’s less about the show and the celebrities and more about the good and what we’re all trying to do for kids.”
The event ended with a sing-a-long hosted by Simmons. Anyone with $1,000 to donate to the cause was welcome to join Gene and Johnny Depp on stage to sing the KISS hit “Rock and Roll All Nite.” Aside from Simmons own son and daughter, eight audience members joined the band on stage.
This isn’t Johnny’s first experience making music with some of rock and roll’s biggest legends. Depp has been exploring his music interests lately and has joined the Hollywood Vampires. Aside from Mr. Depp, the Hollywood Vampires includes Alice Cooper, Joe Perry of Aerosmith, and former Guns N Roses band members Duff McKagan and Matt Sorum.
The late Sir Christopher Lee had also been involved in the projected and his contribution, a narration on one song, will still be included on the Hollywood Vampires first album. Sales from that first Hollywood Vampires album will benefit MusiCares.
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales has just finished filming on location in Australia and will hit theaters on July 7, 2017.
[Featured image: Johnny Depp and Gene Simmons courtesy of Tamea Agle/AP]