The only mention made of the erstwhile Captain Jack Sparrow was when Nelson introduced the musicians, noting, “You got Johnny over here playing some guitar.”
The actor, in Boston shooting the Whitey Bulger film Black Mass, didn’t just make a cameo, instead remaining onstage for the entire 85 minute performance. Depp assiduously avoided the spotlight, however, content to add texture to classics like “On the Road Again” and “Crazy.”
At one point he simply stood back and contentedly watched as Nelson performed a moving rendition of “Always on My Mind.”
Nelson’s son Lukas did manage to coax Depp into playing one solo and engaging in a playful guitar call-and-response during a humid rendition of “Texas Flood.”
It’s not the first time that Willie Nelson has crossed paths with “Willy Wonka,” as the actor played with the Redheaded Stranger at Rodeo Austin back in March.
Depp’s interest in music actually pre-dates his acting career. He has contributed to albums by everyone from Iggy Pop to Oasis, as well as releasing an album in 1995 with his band P. Depp also co-executive-produced Chuck E. Weiss’s latest album, Red Beans and Weiss, alongside Tom Waits.
Check out a post-show photo Nelson posted on Instagram below.