To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, the climate change advocacy group Pathway to Paris streamed a digital music festival this past weekend which included performances from the likes of R.E.M. frontman Michael Stipe, Cat Power and Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea and more. However, it was Patti Smith singing to Johnny Depp in celebration of his upcoming birthday that stole the show away.
During the celebratory stream, Stipe treated viewers to a performance of his new solo single ‘No Time For Love Like Me Now’, whilst Depp took on John Lennon’s ‘Working Class Hero’, Flea did his thing and put on a bass masterclass while Cat Power played her versions of The Rolling Stones’ ‘(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction’ and Bob Dylan’s ‘Kingsport Town’.
Patti Smith, however, was the real star of the show. Handed the most screen time, which she took full advantage, The Godmother of Punk gave several poem readings and played five songs in total. At certain points, Smith was supported by her daughter, Jesse Paris Smith, on backing vocals.
She performed the track ‘Nine’ which was released in 2012 and was written as a birthday present for her good friend, Johnny Depp, with the actor watching on during her performance which was a beautiful moment.
Smith famously went to visit Depp in Puerto Rico when he was filming Rum Diary and didn’t have a present so decided to write him a song instead. Her setlist also included ‘Grateful’, ‘My Blakean Year’, ‘Because the Night’, and ‘People Have the Power’.
Check out footage from the stream below including that candid moment.