AFP, published on Friday 15 July 2022 at 08:57
Johnny Depp releases an album with legendary guitarist Jeff Beck, European tour at stake: the actor tries with this change of scenery to offer a different picture than that of the recent trial unpacking with his ex-wife Amber Heard.
The disc, “18”, which comes out this Friday, consists mainly of covers. This opus will not remain as an important piece in the repertoire of the monument Jeff Beck (member of the Yardbirds, accompanist David Bowie, etc …), 78 years old since June.
The set is presented well incoherently. When the duo does well on “Isolation” (John Lennon), Marvin Gaye’s “What’s going on” becomes a pretext for the English guitarist’s solo stroll, while the actor’s voice doesn’t reach the depth of the “original.”
The Velvet Underground’s “Venus in furs” is treated with a touch of fierce industrial rock, again with the 59-year-old actor’s muffled voice far from the initial spiciness.
Obviously, since the lyrics are about sado-masochism, some will see it as a funny choice after the ultra-mediated trial in the United States between Depp and his ex-wife, actress Amber Heard (“Aquaman”).
The lyrics of “This is a song for miss Hedy Lamarr”, one of the two original songs composed by Johnny Depp, already released as a single, get a lot of ink flowing. The actor from the “Pirates of the Caribbean” series there sings that he “no longer believes in people” and describes a woman “erased by the same world that made her a star”.
Depp sued his ex-wife for defamation, who described herself in a press statement as “a public figure who represents domestic violence,” without naming her ex-husband. He asked for $50 million in damages, albeit double.
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After six weeks of trial, the jurors concluded on June 1 that the ex-spouses had defamed each other. But they awarded Depp more than $10 million, compared to just Amber Heard’s $2 million.
Rock is not new to Johnny Depp’s life. Before becoming a star with the series “21 Jump Street”, he had been part of a group called the Bad Boys (now The Kids), even the first part of Iggy Pop, without taking off after that.
In recent years, Depp spawned the Hollywood Vampires, a “supergroup” created with Alice Cooper and Joe Perry (Aerosmith guitarist).
Beck and Depp say they met in 2016 and had a band about “cars and guitars.” “When Johnny and I started playing together, (…) we felt like we were 18 again. So that became the title of the album,” said the guitarist.
The disc’s release was announced at the appropriate time in the wake of the process. And Beck has invited the ‘Edward Scissorhands’ actor to join him on tour in Europe.
He is also to appear in “La favorite” by the French Maïwenn, about the relationship between Louis XV and the Countess du Barry. The shooting of the film, in which he plays the monarch, is scheduled for this summer, especially in Versailles.