Do you remember how just a few weeks ago Johnny Depp referred to actors who use their fame to become musicians as “sickening?” Well, the recently married Depp played with famed Rock god Alice Cooper at a benefit concert in Anaheim, California just last week. And Cooper was more than happy to share his thoughts on Depp with Rolling Stone.
Alice Cooper tells us about his long musical history with Johnny Depp and the actor’s lack of ego: http://t.co/WK0wKuUmnk
— Rolling Stone (@RollingStone) February 5, 2015
So what exactly did Cooper have to say about the Mortdecai star? Nothing but praise.
Cooper began by telling Rolling Stone about their friendship, “We see each other a lot…He’s become a close friend and collaborator. We’ve done a lot of recording together recently.”
Cooper went on to praise Depp by saying, “He is really a very talented and cool guy. Johnny is a guy who doesn’t have to do anything; he does things because he wants to do them. It’s not about his ego.”
While Depp has shared his distaste for actor/musicians, he explained the difference between trying to launch a music career after being an actor versus “dabbling.”
Depp told Billboard, “I’ve been very lucky to play on friends’ records, and it’s still going. Music is still part of my life…. But you won’t be hearing The Johnny Depp Band. That won’t ever exist.”
“But I hate the idea, ‘Come see me play the guitar because you’ve seen me in 12 movies.’… It shouldn’t be [that way]. You want the people who are listening to the music to only be interested in the music,” Depp further explained.
Wait….? Johnny Depp thinks actors who also consider themselves musicians are “sickening”: http://t.co/Ja44A62qms
— billboard (@billboard) January 21, 2015
Depp and Cooper first met on the set of Dark Shadows in 2011. Cooper made an appearance in the Burton film, which starred Depp as the vampire Barnabas Collins. The two got to talking and realized their shared love of music.
Cooper shared that after meeting, “We were in London about to do a club gig at the 100 Club and I said he should join us. He did. He came up and jammed some classic covers with us. He blew us away.”
The next year, Depp joined Cooper onstage at Los Angeles’ Orpheum to play covers of such iconic artists as Jimi Hendrix and the Beatles as well as some of Cooper’s own hits. After the success of that gig, Depp joined Cooper shortly after for a show in Phoenix.
Cooper just can’t say enough positive things about Depp in his interview, saying that Depp has this “old school rock and roll feel in his playing” and that other musicians should “learn from” him.
Cooper stated that for Depp, “What I really love about Johnny is that when he does music, it is for fun and because he loves music…He was a musician first, so I think it is really close to his heart.”
Johnny Depp has also performed with such greats as Willie Nelson, the Black Keys, Marilyn Manson, and Aerosmith, as well as making an appearance on Paul McCartney’s blues jam “Early Days.”
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