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"[I've had] sort of a rebirth of my
relationship with music. So I've been playing more and writing more and
it's led to invitations to play with people."
--Christian Science Monitor, July 2013
March 9, 2014: Thanks
to the Italian Fans of Depp (IFOD) and twitter sources, it's being
reported that Johnny performed tonight with Willie Nelson at the
Rodeo Arena in Austin TX. The performance is part of the SXSW
Music Festival. Reports say that he performed on (at least) Always On My
Mind and On The Road Again. Willie's son Lukas posted to his Facebook page: "Johnny Depp sat in with dad and I tonight...he's a great player! He's got soul." Hopefully we'll get more details
soon! Here is an early blog review of the show.
March 7, 2014: Photographer
Christopher Ameruoso and Priscilla Presley's new
photo book, Shades Of Elvis, is officially released. The book features 75
celebrities, including Johnny, posing as they look through Elvis
Presley's famous sunglasses. Quotes by each celebrity about Elvis
will also be featured. Shades Of Elvis is available through their Official Site. See a YouTube trailer describing the book. Looks like a must-buy!
March 6, 2014: We all know that Johnny sang wonderfully in Sweeney Todd, but it's nice to see the New York Post
agree! It put Johnny among the stars who can sing (Anna Kendrick,
Sasha Baron Cohen, Kevin Spacey, Anne Hathaway), vs. those who can't
(Russell Crowe, Gwyneth Paltrow, Pierce Brosnan, William Shatner).
(A note about Russell Crowe- he's probably just fine as lead
singer of his various rock bands; however, I personally agree that he
was in over his head in Les Miz. Just my own $.02!)
March 5, 2014: Johnny's
good friend and former Viper Room co-owner Chuck E. Weiss will release
a new album on April 15, and it will be executive produced by Johnny,
along with Tom Waits. As reported by exclaim.ca, the album will be called Red Beans and Weiss, and it will be released on CD, vinyl, and digital on the Anti- label.
Some of the recording was done in Johnny's Studio 80.
Johnny last executive produced Chuck's song, Devil With Blue
Suede Shoes, from his 1999 album, Extremely Cool. Chuck also
released an album, 23rd & Stout, in 2006. Read more about
Chuck on the JD Rocks Chuck E. Weiss page!
February 2014: On February 9, CBS aired the Grammy-related event: "The Night
That Changed America: A Grammy Salute to the Beatles".
The event commemorated the 50th Anniversary of the Beatles' first
appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show and aired 50 years to the day of
that appearance, though the event actually occurred on January 27.
Johnny was a participant, introducing the song,
Something, which was performed by Jeff Lynne, Dhani Harrison, and Joe
Walsh. Many other musicians participated, including Paul
McCartney and Ringo Starr. Read about the show atRolling Stoneand see photos of Johnny fromHelloMagazine.
February 2014: In an article withThe Hollywood Reporter,
former Doors member Robby Krieger mentioned that he's been working with
Johnny and Alice on an album of cover songs. He says, "I've
recently played guitar on the forthcoming Alice Cooper-Johnny Depp
recording project, which a tribute to their 'dead friends'." This
may or may not relate to Alice's remarks last year that he had written
a song with Johnny that might be the title track to a new album.
On one hand, an original song by them would not be a cover, but
on the other, it might be a song introducing or relating to all the
covers on the album. We'll see! Alice has included a "Dead
Rock Stars" segment within his shows to pay tribute to the likes of Jim
Morrison, Keith Moon, Jimi Hendrix and John Lennon, so perhaps that is
a taste of what the album is like.
January 2014: At this year's Grammy Awards, Paul McCartney jokingly "blamed" Johnny for
the song, Cut Me Some Slack, that he shared a Grammy win with former
Nirvana members Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic, and Pat Smear.
As reported inParade, Paul told reporters, “I blame Johnny Depp because he had just given me this little cigar box guitar that I was widely excited to play.”
Johnny can be seen showing Paul a Baratto cigar box guitar and a
cigar box bass guitar, and then them jamming for a few moments, during
the Making Of My Valentine video in 2012. How awesome to learn
what an inspiration that gift was!
January 2014: On January 25, Johnny performed at the Servite High School Theatre in Anaheim,
CA, as part of Mike Campbell's annual Imperial
Ball at the NAMM (National Association
of Music Merchants) show in Anaheim.
Johnny was joined by fellow Kids Joey Malone and Bruce Witkin,
then played along with Marilyn Manson, Alice Cooper, and Steven Tyler. The show was first announced by this
Anaheimblog post. TheDuesenbergJohnny
Artist Series Signature guitar was introduced at the NAMM show,
and Johnny played it at the show, along with a few other guitars.
The guitar is inspired by some of Johnny's tattoos. Only 52 hand-signed
guitars were made and 40 will be released worldwide. See the press release fromPR Newswire. Johnny owns several Duesenberg guitars; check out the JD RocksGuitarssection to view this one and two more.
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5 Most Recent Live
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
December 8, 2012: Alice Cooper's Christmas Pudding show, Comerica Theatre, Phoenix AZ
December 7, 2012: The Mint, LA with Bill Carter
(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.
(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 executive produces.
(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!