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Behind the scenes of Paul McCartney's Early Days video, 2014. Photo by MJ Kim.
"It's getting to be a running gag. He's like the Alfred Hitchcock of my videos. And he's good!"
--Paul McCartney on Johnny's participation in several of his recent videos, Rolling Stone, July 2014
- August 21, 2014: Johnny is on the cover of the upcoming September issue of German Guitar Magazin.
Johnny is pictured from his performance with the Black Keys at
the MTV Video Awards in 2012. Hopefully it will be a great
feature with lots of photos and information about Johnny's
- August 19, 2014: Lost On The
River: The New Basement Tapes is now available for pre-order on their official site and at Amazon.com and will be released on November 11, 2014. The album
features songs using some newly discovered Bob Dylan lyrics from the
era of The
Basement Tapes (ca. 1967) that were thought to have been lost,
with artists including Elvis Costello, Marcus Mumford and others
composing and arranging the music to Dylan's lyrics. Johnny plays guitar on the song, Kansas City, according to Rolling Stone and NME. The Australian earlier confirmed Johnny's participation; Johnny reportedly filled in for Costello on a day that
Costello had a scheduling conflict and could not attend a recording
album is being offered in several different configurations such as
vinyl, digital, and basic and deluxe CDs, some with a fan poster
included. Internet Movie Database (IMDb) previously listed Johnny
among the participants of
an upcoming Showtime documentary that will accompany the album release,
Lost Songs: The
Basement Tapes Continued. His
name was subsequently taken off the cast list, but there is now good
reason to believe that he will be featured in the documentary after all. Thanks to Barbara for the Rolling Stone link!
- July 2014: The
first teaser trailer for Into The Woods has been released! Visit
the official Disney Into The Woods web page
and view the trailer there! Just like the production stills that
were released yesterday, we get just a tiny glimpse of Johnny as The
Wolf. Here is one of the stills:
Check out some remarks by director Rob Marshall here on Movieweb.com!
- July 2014: Paul McCartney's Early Days video, featuring Johnny, premiered July 7 on the Rolling Stone site. Photos from the video surfaced back in May. From Facebook accounts, the video was filmed on
March 5. This follows Johnny's participation on two other videos from Macca-- My Valentine and Queenie
quite a collaborative roll!
- July 2014: Great
news for fans who pre-ordered Suzanne Allison's wonderful coffee table
book, Gimme Shelter: copies of the book have been sent out! The book consists of
various celebrities and musicians posing with their pets; Johnny is a
participant and he wrote the foreword to the book. Other
musicians who have collaborated with Johnny who participate include
Alice Cooper, Marilyn Manson, and Joe Perry. Gimme
Shelter's description is: "Created in an effort to raise awareness and
save the lives of abandoned pets. Our message is clear: SPAY, NEUTER,
MICROCHIP!" Order the book here!
- Live On Stage July 2014: Johnny
joined Aerosmith on stage twice during July! First, on July 16 at the Comcast Center in
Mansfield MA, he played on Train Kept A Rollin'; see the YouTube here.
Then, on the 30th, at The Forum in Inglewood, CA, he played on Big Ten Inch Record. Here is a YouTube of most of the song, and another of the song's finish. Both times, he used his
Signature Duesenberg Guitar. So glad to see Johnny continuing to perform regularly this year,
and giving his Duesenberg such a great workout!
- Official releases July 2014: Johnny
plays guitar, and does a solo, on a new Ryan Adams song, Aching For
More. The song, which is available on YouTube, was released July 1 as a b-side to a 7" single for
Gimme Something Good. Johnny had
recently spoken about working with Adams in the studio, and this is one
result. Also in July, Louise
Goffin's new album, Songs From The Mine, was officially released on July 15. You can purchase the CD from her website or the digital album from Amazon. Johnny provided handclaps and backing vocals for the song
Watching The Sky Turn Blue, which was released as an mp3 single last
fall. That song is one of 11 tracks on the album.
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upcoming musical projects:
- July 30, 2014: The Forum, Inglewood CA, with Aerosmith
- July 16, 2014: Comcast Center, Mansfield MA, with Aerosmith
- June 17, 2014: Blue Hills Bank Pavilion, Boston MA, with Willie Nelson
- April 7, 2014: Jimmy Kimmel Live, LA
with Chuck E. Weiss
- March 31, 2014: 798 Art Zone,
Beijing, China with David Tao
- March 9, 2014: Rodeo Arena, Austin
TX, with Willie Nelson
- January 25, 2014: Imperial 8
Ball/Duesenberg NAMM Party, Anaheim CA
- (?) Song or songs for upcoming Shane MacGowan album with The Cronins. The Irish Independent and Johnny Cronin report that Johnny may guest on such an album.
- (?) Keith
Richards Documentary (working title Happy).
Johnny is directing a documentary about Keith Richards; the
film has been in the works for about 4 years.
- (?) Marcus Mumford.
- (?) Friends Of The Viper Room
This film will focus on
the history of The Viper Room, which Johnny owned from 1993-2004.
- (?) Song for upcoming Steven
Tyler reveals that he's written a song(s) for an upcoming
album with Johnny; Billboard reports that Johnny may appear on the
- (Dec 2014) Into The Woods
Johnny will play the Wolf in the screen adaptation of the
Stephen Sondheim musical.
- (2014?) Recording session with Alice Cooper, Joe Perry, and Paul McCartney.
Joe mentions in an interview
that he did some recording with Johnny, Alice and Paul in the spring of
2014. He would not divulge what the project was, but it may be
the covers album project below, or it may be something else entirely.
- (2014?) Song for upcoming Alice
Alice reports that Johnny wrote the music for what might be
title track of Alice's next album. It may be the covers album
- (2014?) Covers album project with
Robby Krieger reports
playing guitar for this "dead friends" covers album, which may
contain a song(s) honoring Krieger's former Doors bandmate Jim Morrison
and other dead rock stars. This may or may not include the
that Alice reported on above.
- (~Nov 2014) Lost Songs: The Basement Tapes
This film will be about the making of the album Lost On The River: The
New Basement Tapes.
- (Nov 2014) Lost On The River: The New Basement Tapes (Album). Johnny reportedly plays guitar on the song Kansas City. The album will be released on November 11.
- (July 2014) Paul McCartney: Early Days
(Video). Johnny appears and plays guitar in
this music video from Macca's album, New.
- (July 2014) Ryan Adams: Aching For More (7" vinyl b-side). Johnny plays electric guitar and takes a guitar solo.
- (July 2014) Suzanne Allison: Gimme Shelter (Coffee Table Book). Johnny
participates in this book of celebrities and their pets, benefitting
animal rights causes. He poses with his guitar in some photos.
- (May-July 2014) Louise Goffin:
Songs From The Mine (Album). Johnny
provides handclaps and backing vocals on the song,
Watching The Sky Turn Blue.
- (May 2014) Lucky Them (Feature
Film). Johnny has a cameo as a former musician
in this film, which stars Toni Collette and Thomas Haden Church.
- (May 2014) Chuck E. Weiss: Boston
Blackie (Video). Johnny appears in animated form
in this music video drawn by Nate Merritt, and released by "Infinitum
- (April 2014) Chuck E. Weiss: Red
Beans And Weiss (Album). Johnny is an executive
producer and musician.
is updated often, so please check back!
years ago, I published
my first few pages of Johnny Depp Rocks!
As a huge fan of Johnny Depp and also a longtime music
and collector, I had been investigating Johnny's musical background and
pursuits, but I grew frustrated when I saw so much false information on
the web and in print. I created this site as an attempt to
compile accurate information about Johnny's musical side: his
performances, recordings, and videos, as well as his friends in the
world of music, and share it freely with all his fans. While
design may be plain, I hope that the information presented here is as
accurate and reliable as it can possibly be. Many thanks to
those who have offered feedback or contributed information to help this
site to thrive. I always welcome any corrections, additions, or
suggestions, and hope that this site will continue to grow whenever
there may be more to add! Hope you enjoy!
-Cathy aka MadScntst, July
Addendum, 8 years on: after a bit of a performance lull in 2012, Johnny
has literally been rockin' all over the world this year, performing
live as far away as Beijing, China. He also continues to
contribute to recordings and music videos, with hopes of more projects
coming up for release soon. Here's hoping that
continue to pursue his musical interests in the coming year, and for
many years to come!
MadScntst, July 23, 2014
am always grateful for corrections or additions to any of the content
on this site! I would particularly love any photos or other
memorabilia from any of Johnny's live performances, past or present.
Please contact me if you can help!