Johnny Depp and Gene Sim­mons rock to­gether for chil­dren’s surgery char­ity

The China Post - - ARTS - BY SANDY CO­HEN

Johnny Depp didn’t say a word as he stepped onto a small stage in­side the Lucky Strike bowl­ing al­ley. He just strapped on a guitar and started play­ing with the band.

One song later, Gene Sim­mons joined in.

The su­per­star pair­ing capped off a fundrais­ing con­cert Sun­day for Mend­ingKids.org, an or­ga­ni­za­tion that pro­vides hun­dreds of free cor­rec­tive surg­eries each year for chil­dren around the world. Be­sides Depp and Sim­mons, the event also fea­tured a sur­prise re­union of rock group Ex­treme for a per­for­mance of their 1991 clas­sic “More Than Words.”

Af­ter ap­pear­ances by var­i­ous mu­si­cians, Depp qui­etly joined the house band to play Alice Cooper’s “School’s Out.” (The 52-year-old ac­tor an­nounced last week that he is form­ing a band with Cooper and gui­tarist Joe Perry called Hol­ly­wood Vam­pires that will re­lease a self-ti­tled al­bum next month and do­nate pro­ceeds to char­ity).

His hair slicked back, Depp wore jeans and an ox­ford shirt topped with a gray vest. He played a white elec­tric guitar. In a state­ment pro­vided by his pub­li­cist, Depp said he was “thrilled to be a part of an event that ben­e­fits chil­dren around the globe.”

“Mend­ing Kids is not only chang­ing the lives of these kids, but mak­ing a dif­fer­ence in de­vel­op­ing coun­tries that are in need of med­i­cal care,” he said.

Sim­mons was the last to take the stage. A sup­porter of Mend­ingKids.org for sev­eral years, the 65-year-old en­ter­tainer in­vited any­one with US$1,000 to do­nate to the or­ga­ni­za­tion to come up and sing with the band. About 10 donors took him up on the of­fer, in­clud­ing his son and daugh­ter, and they shared the stage with Depp, Sim­mons and the rest of the band dur­ing the clos­ing num­ber, the Kiss hit “Rock and Roll All Nite.” Af­ter the show, Depp waved to fans and dis­ap­peared out a side door.

AP

In this Sun­day, Aug. 16 photo, pro­vided by Tamea Agle, Johnny Depp, left, and Gene Sim­mons per­form at Lucky Strike bowl­ing al­ley in Los An­ge­les dur­ing a char­ity con­cert ben­e­fit­ing Mend­ing Kids, a char­ity that pro­vides free cor­rec­tive surg­eries to chil­dren around the world.

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