Actor Johnny Depp showed his musical prowess during a livestreamed festival this Sunday, performing a cover of John Lennon’s “Working Class Hero.”
The 56-year-old sang the track, off Lennon’s 1970 album “John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band” and accompanied himself on acoustic guitar for the Pathway to Paris virtual festival, honoring Earth Day’s 50th anniversary. The event took place on Instagram Live.
“As soon as you’re born they make you feel small, by giving you no time instead of it all,” Depp sings in a recording of his performance.
While far better known for his acting résumé, this is far from Depp’s first dip into music — he leads the rock group Hollywood Vampires alongside Alice Cooper, 72, and Aerosmith founding member Joe Perry, 69.
Patti Smith also performed for the benefit, as did Cat Power, Michael Stipe, Nikolai Fraiture of the Strokes and Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
Organizers of the donation-based event noted that, half a century after 20 million Americans demonstrated nationwide in the name of environmental reform on the first Earth Day, it was reflective of a dark reality that the festival could only be held in the digital universe.
“Now, 50 years later, the entire world is connected today not only by this global issue which concerns us all, but in a very extreme sense, as our minds are connected by the fears, anxiety, and facts of the coronavirus,” reads the event website. “In addition to what is on our minds, we are also connected as never before because of the internet and social media, which right now is our main source of communication and collaboration.”