Johnny Depp in Music Industry

Actor and (the real) musician have different kind of life. In their job, an actor has to do something, while musician has to create something. An actor act to become a totally different person from who he is. A musician express his feeling and mood in writing songs and play musical instruments in his original style.

Johnny Depp known for his notable roles in films. His ability to play eccentric characters like Edward Scissorhands, Jack Sparrow, Willy Wonka, Sweeney Todd, Tonto, and Mad Hatter have made him phenomenal around the world. But, not many people know about his guitar skill and contribution in music industry. 

Depp likes to surround himself with legendary musicians, from Paul McCartney to Robby Krieger. Also some phenomenal singers, from Marilyn Manson to Alice Cooper. 

Depp's relationship with guitar starts since his teenage years. With the gift of a guitar from his mother when he was 12, Depp began playing in various garage bands. A year after his parents' divorce, he dropped out of high school to become a rock musician. He played with The Kids, a band that enjoyed modest local success. The Kids set out together for Los Angeles in pursuit of a record deal, changing their name to Six Gun Method, but the group split up before signing a record deal. 

In the 1980's, Depp joined Rock City Angels and played guitar with them before getting a part on 21 Jump Street. He co-wrote their song "Mary", which appeared on Rock City Angels' debut Geffen Records album Young Man's Blues. In 1997, Depp played slide guitar on the Oasis song "Fade In-Out" as well as on "Fade Away (War Child Version in 1995)".

Depp performed on Shane MacGowan's first solo album. He was also a member of P, a group featuring Butthole Surfers singer Gibby Haynes, Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea and Sex Pistols guitarist Steve Jones.

Has a strong voice character, Depp was hired to narrate a 2009 documentary film about The Doors, "When You're Strange". It is written and directed by Tom DiCillo. Doors keyboardist Ray Manzarek has stated that "This will be the true story of the Doors," and that the film will be "the anti-Oliver Stone," referring to the 1991 film about the group that Stone directed, and which drew criticism from many Doors fans and several people who knew Morrison.

Depp performed lead guitar and drums for a cover of Carly Simon's "You're So Vain", which appeared as a bonus track on Marilyn Manson's 2012 album Born Villain, also performing live with Marilyn Manson at the Revolver Golden Gods Awards 2012, performing several songs with Manson.

Depp traded licks with Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry on "The Brooklyn Shuffle", a song from Steve Hunterand The Manhattan Blues Project, which was scheduled for release on April 30, 2013. In 2014, Depp played electric guitar on the "Kansas City" track of Lost on the River, the Bob Dylan lyrics collaboration album by The New Basement Tapes. He filled in for Elvis Costello, who could not attend a recording session because of a previously scheduled concert with The Roots in Las Vegas.

In September 2014, Paul McCartney released the actual music video for “Early Days,” one of the tracks off his record, New. There are some behind the scenes footage from that shoot, including a jam session he had with Depp and some blues guitarists, such as Al Williams, Misha Lindes, Roy Gaines, Henree Harris, Dale Atkins, Lil Poochie, and Motown Maurice.

In 2015, Depp, Alice Cooper, and Joe Perry formed a supergroup called Hollywood Vampires. They formed Hollywood Vampires to honor the music of the rock stars who died from excess in the 1970s.

Hollywood Vampires

The band name derives from The Hollywood Vampires, a celebrity drinking club formed by Cooper in the 1970s which included but was not limited to: John Lennon and Ringo Starr of The Beatles, Keith Moon of The Who, and Mickey Dolenz of The Monkees. 

The 1970's Hollywood Vampires

Hollywood Vampires has released their self-titled debut studio album on September 11, 2015. The self-titled record features appearances by Paul McCartney, Dave Grohl, Slash, Joe Walsh, AC/DC's Brian Johnson, late horror acting icon Christopher Lee and the Doors guitarist Robby Krieger. The record consists mainly of covers by Jimi Hendrix, John Lennon, Pink Floyd, Harry Nilsson, Led Zeppelin, the Who and others, though the group did pen a few original tracks.

The group's debut live performances were held at Roxy Theatre (West Hollywood) in Los Angeles across September 16 and 17, 2015. The three core members were accompanied by bassist Duff McKagan, drummer Matt Sorum, rhythm guitarist Tommy Henriksen, Bruce Witkin on keyboards and additional guitar, and several guest musicians. The group performed at Brazil's Rock in Rio festival on September 24, 2015.

In February 2016, the group performed at the Grammy Award ceremony as a tribute to Lemmy, who had died at the end of 2015. The group also announced their first concert tour, to begin at Turning Stone Resort & Casino on May 24, 2016.

On 23 January 2016, Depp played his guitar in a charity gig at Servite High School in Anaheim, California, which is apparently the site of a major annual charity gathering of A-List Rockstars called The Imperial Ball. The event, hosted in the shadow of NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) by Duesenberg Guitars, featured a live performance by Johnny Depp, Alice Cooper, Robby Krieger, and other musicians. Depp led the musicians to the stage as they referred to themselves as The Band With No Name. The musicians made sure to pay tribute to David Bowie as they kicked off the performance with covers

Johnny Depp's Guitars

In January 2014, Duesenberg released a signature guitar, Johnny Depp. The company have designed this iconic guitar by telling the story of Depp's life from his tattoos; each one symbolizes a significant event in his life. The tapped JD-63 pickup was specially designed to meet every characteristic of a classic open sounding single coil with the option of adding 1963 turns of pickup wire (1963 = Johnny's year of birth) to the signal creating a warmer crunchy sound.

Johnny Depp Signature Duesenberg

  • Gibson Reverse Flying V
  • 1959 Gibson Les Paul Burst
  • Gibson SG
  • 1956 Cream Fender Telecaster
  • Butterscotch/Natural Fender Telecaster
  • Blonde Fender Telecaster
  • 1967 Fiesta Red Fender Telecaster
  • Fender Sunburst Stratocaster
  • Duesenberg Lap Steel
  • Duesenberg Mike Campbell Signature TV
  • Green Duesenberg electric guitar
  • Echopark Ghetto Bird Guitars
  • Echopark El Cabillo Guitar
  • Teye T Series La Pirata
  • Zemaitis Custom Metal Front
  • RKS Electric Guitar
  • Ibanez Destroyer model
  • Acoustic Weymann
  • Dobro Resonator Guitar
  • Schoen Apache Dynamite Resophonic
  • Cigar Box Guitars