Depp got his first guitar at the age of 12. He
had been inspired by his evangelical Uncle Denny and his gospel group,
but only as far as the music was concerned. After teaching
himself to play, partly by ear and partly with a stolen chord book,
was in a
series of bands in South Florida: Flame, Zaphyre
Bad Boys, and Stiff
Richard (he may have only jammed with this last one)
lead guitarist with his dream band, The
Kids. Moving to LA in
late 1983, The Kids changed their name to
Six Gun Method but
up. After Johnny had gotten his first few acting roles, he
still pursued a career in music and took up a rhythm guitar position
with the Rock City Angels.
Once he landed the role of Officer Tom Hanson on 21 Jump Street,
Johnny's career as an actor was secured. But he still enjoyed
his love of playing rock and roll music with his band P during the 90's,
and even put out a few releases under his alterego/band Tonto's Giant Nuts
in the 00's and 10's. Finally, Johnny became part of the Supergroup, Hollywood Vampires, with an album and Rock In Rio performance in 2015, followed by a Grammy performance and the Raise The Dead tour in 2016.
Here is a brief recap of Johnny's
endeavors as a musician from the 2007 Life Story publication. (Note
that the article contains some minor inaccuracies, but is still fun
reading. Click thumbnails to enlarge!)
Here is some information on and
of Johnny's bands.
a thumbnail to reach each section!