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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
- Happy 8th Anniversary, Johnny Depp Rocks!
- July 18, 2014: The Australian confirms earlier speculation that Johnny will participate in an upcoming album called Lost On The
River: The New Basement Tapes,
comprising songs using some newly discovered Bob Dylan lyrics from the
era of The
Basement Tapes (ca. 1967) that were thought to have been lost.
album will feature Elvis Costello, Marcus Mumford and others, and will
be produced by T Bone Burnett; it is due for release in November of
2014. Johnny reportedly filled in for Costello on a day that
Costello had a scheduling conflict and could not attend a recording
session. 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.
- July 18, 2014: Treat this as a tentative project for now, but the Irish Independent has reported that Shane MacGowan plans to record an album with a band called The Cronins, with Johnny
guesting and Mick Jones producing the album. According to Pogues
fans on an online discussion board on June 29, this news was also
reported in the Irish edition of The Mail On Sunday, though I cannot
find an online version of such an article. In an article
in the new Uncut Magazine, Johnny Cronin divulges that "I think Johnny
Depp wants to play guitar on the album." About 10 years ago,
MacGowan mentioned in several interviews that Johnny would participate
in an upcoming solo album, but he hasn't put out any solo albums since
then! He and Johnny have collaborated several times in recent
years, but it will be great if this album collaboration comes to pass,
- July 17, 2014: Johnny
joined Aerosmith last night at their concert at the Comcast Center in
Mansfield MA! He played on Train Kept A Rollin'; see the YouTube here.
So glad to see Johnny continuing to perform regularly this year,
and giving his wonderful signature Duesenberg such a great workout!
- July 15, 2014: Louise
Goffin's new album, Songs From The Mine, was officially released today, July 15. You can purchase the CD from her website or the digital album from Amazon. It has already been released for those who participated in her PledgeMusic
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.
- July 2014: Paul McCartney's Early Days video premiered July 7 on the Rolling Stone site. Photos from the video surfaced back in May, with Johnny shown playing guitar; these photos were posted to the French Yellow
Sub site and the Misanthrope
tumbler site. 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: Johnny
plays guitar, and does a solo, on a new Ryan Adams song, Aching For
More. The song is available on YouTube. The song was released July 1 as a b-side to a 7" single for
Gimme Something Good. The latter song will be included on the
upcoming self-titled Ryans Adams album, due in September, but Aching
For More will not be included on the album release. Johnny had
recently spoken about working with Adams in the studio, and this is one
result! Hopefully, it will be the first of many collaborations
between them! Thanks to jambands.com for the news, and the tobeyoung forum for a nice scan of the back cover of the single.
- July 2014: Great
news for fans who pre-ordered Suzanne Allison's wonderful coffee table
book, Gimme Shelter: she has received the shipment and has started sending out copies of the books! 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!
- June 2014: Johnny joined Willie Nelson on stage for a live show on
Tuesday June 17 at the Blue Hills Bank Pavilion in Boston. He
played the full 85 minute set, according to Rolling Stone. Also in June, Johnny visited a Guitar
Center in Boston and purchased a bunch of guitar accessories. Even when
Johnny is busy filming, he always finds at least a little time for his
- June 2014: The
film Lucky Them is now in theaters in a few cities in the US, and will be opening in more
select cities over the summer; check for openings at IFC's Facebook notice. It is also available on demand and as a
digital rental (check iTunes or Amazon). It's
a not so well-kept secret that Johnny has a cameo in
film. Watch the trailer on YouTube. Lucky Them is
coproduced by Joanne Woodward and stars Toni Collette and Thomas Haden
a Wall Street Journal interview
with Toni, in which she briefly discusses working with Johnny on the
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upcoming musical projects:
- 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?) 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 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 one song.
- (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.
- (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!