The film star surprises fans with an impromptu performance, playing guitar on two songs
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If this film thing doesn’t work out, Johnny Depp has a sure future as musical sideman.

Depp, 51, showcased his considerable guitar skills recently when he stepped out of the wings during a Ryan Adams show at London’s Shepherd’s Bush Empire to join the rocker on two songs, locking up a pretty mean guitar solo on his tune “Kim” and a cover of Danzig’s “Mother.”

The hat-wearing actor was well-received. He was met with chants of “Johnny, Johnny,” as he left the stage amid cheers after his musical turn. Adams thanked the actor for his contribution, calling him “J-Dizzle,” according to a concertgoer.

Fans on Twitter also posted their approval, as well as disappointment for missing what London’s Metro called an “epic moment.”

It was not the first time the two creatives collaborated, the paper reports. Depp – who is in the U.K. filming Alice in Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass at Shepperton Studios this week with Helena Bonham Carter, Sacha Baron Cohen and Mia Wasikowska – plays guitar on Adams’s B-side of the record “Aching for More.”

The actor clearly loves to mix music with his movie career when he can. In June, he shared the Blue Hills Pavilion stage in Boston, playing guitar for country icon Willie Nelson‘s entire set.

In July, the Into the Woods star returned to Boston to join rock legends Aerosmith on guitar for their show’s encore, “Train Kept a Rollin’.”

He has also played with a diverse group of artists including Marilyn Manson, Alice Cooper and the Black Keys, and according to Rolling Stone, he sat in on Elvis Costello‘s session for Lost on the River: The New Basement Tapes.

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