Eddie Vedder & Johnny Depp Join Patti Smith

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Vedder, Smith, Bill Carter, Depp (from left) / Photo by Bob Ocken
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William Goodman

Eddie Vedder, Johnny Depp, and Patti Smith rocked for justice Saturday night in Little Rock, Arkansas. Watch video below.

The trio performed at the capital city's Robinson Hall for a rally to support the West Memphis 3, three then-teenagers who were convicted of murdering three children in Arkansas in 1993, despite evidence, including recent DNA tests, that point to other suspects. (Two of the West Memphis 3 were sentenced to life in prison, another to death. Legal proceedings are ongoing. Read more about the case here).

The Pearl Jam frontman and the Pirates of the Caribbean actor, both on acoustic guitar, joined Smith onstage for "Dancing Barefoot," a ballad from her 1979 album Wave. Ben Harper and Dixie Chicks singer Natalie Maines also performed at the benefit, and later joined Depp, Vedder, Beatle offspring Dhani Harrison, singer-songwriter Joseph Arthur, and Smith to play another track of the New York beat's, "People Have the Power."

According to Spinner, Vedder performed his own set earlier in the night, including "Rise," from his Into the Wild soundtrack, and a cover of Tom Waits' "Rains on Me." Maines joined EdVed for versions of John Doe's "Golden State" and James Taylor's "You Can Close Your Eyes."

"I'm here to show my support for the West Memphis 3," Vedder said. "And to try to raise the visibility of the case at this crucial time ... Why are they innocent? Because there's nothing that says they're guilty."

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