Johnny Depp Announces Next Step After Defamation Trial

Johnny Depp will tour Europe in 2023 with The Hollywood Vampires – the band he formed 10 years ago with music greats Alice Cooper and Joe Perry.

Depp made the announcement after his win over ex-wife Amber Heard in his much-discussed libel lawsuit, after which he was paid $10 million.

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The band – consisting of Depp, Cooper, Perry and Tommy Henriksen – will start its tour in Germany and Luxembourg in June next year.

“The Hollywood Vampires are BACK!! We are coming to Germany and Luxembourg in the summer of 2023,” an Instagram post read on Thursday.

“Watch out for more [dates] come.”

In 2019 the band released its latest album, To get upto a self-titled album released in 2015.

Fans have expressed their excitement at the “amazing” news.

“Oh, what a beautiful sight to see. The Hollywood Vampires reunite,” wrote one fan.

“Great news, please add more dates,” said another.

“FINALLY I HAVE WAIT FOR THIS,” said one fan.

Johnny Depp says the verdict has given him his life back. Credit: Getty Images

This is Depp’s latest venture since winning his defamation lawsuit against ex-wife Amber Heard, 36.

Despite being preoccupied with the trial, Depp, 59, was seen in the UK as he awaited the verdict, onstage with boyfriend Jeff Beck.

The duo performed a range of songs, including Marvin Gaye’s What is happening and that of John Lennon Insulation.

Depp was still in the UK when he heard the verdict of his six-week libel trial.

Johnny Depp performs at Sheffield Town Hall. Credit: Twitter

Heard was ordered to pay Depp more than $10 million ($A14 million) after a jury found she defamed him in an article portraying herself as “a public figure who represents domestic violence.”

After the trial, some Hollywood insiders questioned whether Heard’s claims made during the trial could have influenced Depp’s future film career.

Last month, pirates of the caribbean producer Jerry Bruckheimer said it was “unlikely” the actor would ever return to his iconic role as Captain Jack Sparrow in a potential sixth film in the franchise.

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Johnny Depp responds after verdict.

Johnny Depp responds after verdict.

“Not at the moment,” he said when asked about Depp. “The future has yet to be decided.”

Earlier this month, however, a former Disney executive said they believed Depp could make a comeback.

“I absolutely believe that after the statement that” pirates is ready to reboot with Johnny as Capt Jack back on board,” they told People magazine.

Johnny Depp can return to his iconic role as Captain Jack Sparrow. Credit: Disney

“There’s just too much potential blockbuster for a much-loved character who is deeply entrenched in Disney culture.”

Depp hasn’t played the reckless Sparrow since 2017, when he starred in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales

The five movies in the pirates franchise starring Depp has brought in more than $4.5 billion worldwide.

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