For those unfamiliar, when Johnny Depp isn’t acting or looking haggard in court, he glows like a blues rock guitarist with a scarf dangling from his head in the vein of Aerosmith’s Joe Perry. In fact, Depp formed the supergroup Hollywood Vampires with Perry and Alice Cooper. Essentially a glorified cover band, the trio checks all the hard rock clichés and brings an inherently limited amount of creativity to the table. Considering Perry and Cooper’s legacies, it was Depp’s chance to meet up with his rock god friends – and show off his skills at the axe. Jon Hadusek – Consequence. 9 de junho de 2022
Perhaps the best example of Johnny Depp’s essence as a guitar player is the obnoxious Dior fragrance commercial that tortured television audiences for the past year.
His journey as a “professional musician” began with a brief stint with the Rock City Angels, an 80s glam metal band in the style of Guns N’ Roses. Likely due to his burgeoning acting career, Depp would hang up the ax until he formed the semi-joke band P with Gibby Haynes of the Butthole Surfers. The group released a self-titled album in 1995, somehow securing support from Capitol’s major record labels. The single “Michael Stipe” received little attention via novelty, but the project didn’t go beyond the debut LP.
The Hollywood Vampires cover songs and, more recently, their collaborative work with guitar legend Jeff Beck, give us an ideal side-by-side comparison, they just announced a new album together titled 18 and shared a cinematic original by Depp “This Is a Song for Miss Hedy Lamarr”.
The Hollywood Vampires stuff does you less favors since it’s so routine. Rock pastiche after rock pastiche: it puts Johnny Depp, the guitarist, in a bar band context, which is how he is generally perceived. But to be fair, he’s not a bad guitarist, even if he sounds like a Joe Perry impersonator.