Johnny Depp addresses fans directly as he performs at Royal Albert Hall

Johnny Depp swapped Cannes for London on Monday when he took to the stage to celebrate his late friend Jeff Beck at the Royal Albert Hall.

Last week, the 59-year-old actor opened Cannes Film Festival with his film Jeanne du Barry but last night was in full musician mode while honouring Jeff at the tribute show, who died ‘suddenly’ in January after contracting bacterial meningitis aged 78.

Taking to the stage in a white shirt, hat, and sunglasses, Oscar-nominated Johnny even addressed those in the audience directly as they cheered him on, telling them: ‘Bless your hearts, this is a beautiful turnout for Mr Jeff.’

The likes of Ronnie Wood and Imelda May also joined the star on stage.

Confirming Jeff’s death at the beginning of the year, his representative said in a statement: ‘His family ask for privacy while they process this tremendous loss.’

Jeff was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice, once as a member of the Yardbirds in 1992, and again as a solo artist in 2009.

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