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Bruce Weber photo shoot, 2014
"I've been playing a lot of music lately. It's a real lifesaver, being able to focus on my first love. It's freedom."
--Interview (conducted by Iggy Pop), April 2014
April 15, 2014: Chuck E. Weiss' album Red Beans And Weiss is officially released
today! The performance credits for
the album are available at barnesandnoble.com.
In addition to executive producing the album, Johnny performs on 5
songs, and 3 songs are credited to Infinitum Nihil. Others
participating on the album
include Bruce Witkin, Joey Malone, AND Beano Hanti (a Kids reunion!!),
Nathan Holmes, and Jack Depp. Also J.J.
Holiday, who was involved in the Rum Diary soundtrack. Some
of the recording and all of the mixing were done at Johnny's Studio
On April 7, Johnny
was a guest on Jimmy Kimmel Live, and in addition to his
interview, he joined Chuck on stage for the song
Boston Blackie. Watch the YouTube.
Johnny once again used his signature Duesenberg to play a great
solo. The album's release was originally reported byexclaim.ca. Read more about
Chuck on the JD RocksChuck E. Weisspage, and watch for updates to the Discography section soon!
April 5, 2014: It's
a not so well-kept secret that Johnny has a cameo in the upcoming
film Lucky Them. A trailer has now been released (thanks Sophy for the
heads-up!) and shows a quick glimpse of a man who is probably Matthew
Smith, the mysterious musician who disappeared 10 years ago.
Watch the trailer (and see the glimpse!) on YouTube.
The film screened last fall at the Toronto Int'l Film Festival and will
screen again this month at the Tribeca Film Festival, with a possible
release this summer. Lucky Them is coproduced by Joanne Woodward and stars Toni Collette and Thomas Haden Church. Read a Wall Street Journal interview with Toni, in which she briefly discusses working with Johnny on the film.
April 2014: Johnny
was interviewed by Savannah Guthrie for the Today Show, and part of the
conversation centered on Johnny's love of music. Here is aclipof Johnny discussing music (and drawing and painting) as an outlet, and
his recent experience playing with Willie Nelson in Austin.
Thanks to Maggy for the find!
March 2014: As
part of Johnny's promotional visit to Beijing, China for the film
Transcendence, he performed with a Taiwanese hard rock star, David Tao.
they performed at the 798 Art Zone for an audience of about 1,000.
Johnny played his signature Duesenberg. Johnny's literally
been "rockin' all over the world!"
March 2014: The April issue of Interview magazine features aninterview of
Johnny by Iggy Pop (now available online at the link provided). Photographer Bruce Weber took some
awesome photos of Johnny, including a couple of him playing guitar. In the interview, Johnny teases a number of musical projects he's been working on: "I've
been writing and recording with Ryan Adams a lot lately. Ryan is
incredibly prolific and he's just a pure soul, he's just this being...
And then, here and there I'm doing some stuff with Alice
[Cooper], which is really fun. Also with Marcus Mumford, who's amazing."
In February, The Hollywood Reporter had reported on Robby Krieger
working with Johnny and Alice on the "dead friends" cover album (see
below) and they've also reportedly written a song together. Ryan
Adams (and his wife, Mandy Moore) recently attended Johnny and Amber
Heard's engagement party, and Johnny was also spotted recently in LA
with Marcus Mumford. Hopefully, all these collaborations will
result in some official releases!
As for the April Interview, it looks like a must-buy issue!
March 2014: Thanks
to Marco for the heads-up-- God's Laughing is a demo that Johnny's
Kids-mates Bruce Witkin and Joey Malone recorded a few years ago.
It's a wonderful original song, just like so many of the original
songs by The Kids that should rightfully be officially released
someday! You can listen to God's Laughing onSoundcloud.
March 2014: Johnny performed on March 9 with Willie Nelson at the
Rodeo Arena in Austin TX. He played the entire set, performing such songs as Always On My
Mind and On The Road Again. Willie's son Lukas posted to hisFacebookpage: "Johnny Depp sat in with dad and I tonight...he's a great player! He's got soul." Here is ablog reviewof the show.
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5 Most Recent Live
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
February 21, 2013: David Letterman taping, Ed Sullivan Theater, NYC with Bill Carter And The Blame
(Dec 2014) Into The Woods (Feature Film).
Johnny will play the Wolf in the screen adaptation of the Stephen Sondheim musical.
Richards Documentary (working title Happy).
Johnny is directing a documentary about Keith Richards; the film has been in the works for about 4 years.
(2014?) Friends Of The Viper Room (Documentary).
This film will focus on
the history of The Viper Room, which Johnny owned from 1993-2004.
(2014?) That's What I'm Doing Here (Documentary). Johnny is in performance footage in this film about musicians Bill
Carter, Alejandro Escovedo, and Charlie Sexton.
(2014?) Song for upcoming Steven Tyler album.
Tyler reveals that he's written a song(s) for an upcoming solo
album with Johnny; Billboard reports that Johnny may appear on the
(2014?) Song for upcoming Alice Cooper album.
Alice reports that Johnny wrote the music for what might be the
title track of Alice's next album. It may be the covers album
(2014?) Covers album project with Alice Cooper.
Robby Krieger reports playing guitar for this 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 song
that Alice reported on above.
(May 2014) Louise Goffin: Songs From The Mine (Album).
Johnny provides handclaps and backing vocals on the song,
Watching The Sky Turn Blue, which was released in September, 2013. A PledgeMusic campaign is in the works to help fund the album.
(April 2014) Chuck E. Weiss: Red Beans And Weiss (Album). Johnny is an executive producer and musician.
(March 2014) Shades Of Elvis (Photo Book). Johnny participates in this photo book paying tribute to Elvis Presley, "The King of Rock 'n Roll."
(Dec 2013) For No Good Reason (Documentary). Johnny
participates in this documentary about artist Ralph Steadman. The
film features Ralph giving ukulele lessons to Johnny.
(Oct 2013) Queenie Eye (Music video). Johnny participates in the Paul McCartney video, which was filmed at Abbey Road Studios.
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September 15, 2014. I have unpublished my old Verizon Johnny Depp
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bookmarked this site as www.johnnydepprocks.com!***
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, 7 years on: this past year has been amazingly busy for
Johnny, musicwise. Last fall he made an unprecedented number of
live appearances with various artists, and he continues to show up on
recordings. He admits that he's had "sort of a rebirth of my
relationship with music." Here's hoping that Johnny will
continue to pursue his musical interests in the coming year, and for
many years to come!
MadScntst, July 23, 2013 I
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!