Johnny Depp’s reputation has taken a beating in the media lately for the accusations levied by soon to be ex-wife Amber Heard and, even with so many of Depp’s past lovers and female friends standing up to defend him, the situation has understandably caused Johnny to step away from the spotlight.
Apparently, Johnny has decided that enough is enough, because he just rejoined Joe Perry, Alice Cooper, and the rest of the line-up on their Hollywood Vampires tour. Even before returning to work with the band, however, Johnny gave his first public interview, since news of the pending divorce from Heard hit the online community, and spoke publicly about his high profile celebrity status in a new interview with Jonesy’s Jukebox.
Hollywood Vampires Welcomes Johnny Depp Back
According to Entertainment Tonight, Johnny Depp took the stage with Hollywood Vampires, rejoining the band’s tour circuit, with a performance at the Sands Bethlehem Event Center in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. The performance was marked by some memorable covers that included David Bowie’s “Rebel Rebel,” The Who’s “My Generation,” and Aerosmith’s “Sweet Emotion,” as well as a mix of original Hollywood Vampires songs.
The performance made a searing impression with fans, many of whom took to social media sites to share their love for Hollywood Vampires and for Mr. Depp in particular. While Johnny has always been adored for his cinematic transformations from mobsters in films like Public Enemies (2009) and Black Mass (2015) to his return down the rabbit hole with his reprisal as the Mad Hatter in Alice Through the Looking Glass (2016), it seems he bears just as much talent as a musician.
“I think Johnny Depp is my new favorite actor turn[ed] musician,” wrote Jerry Mattern, Jr. in an Instagram post, following his attendance at the Hollywood Vampires show. “He was so nice and gracious backstage, and up on stage he was having such a good time jamming the entire night. I also think he’d be a good wing man, because for some reason the girls just went crazy every time he came over to our side.”
Another fan shared a similar Instagram post in which she said seeing Johnny live on stage was a dream come true, a sentiment echoed by many other fans.
Jonesy’s Jukebox Welcomes Johnny Depp For A Rare Interview
The concert stage wasn’t the only public appearance for Depp and it seems the Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales actor is finished hiding himself away, almost as though he has come to understand that not all of his fans have sided with his estranged wife Amber Heard. It seems clear Depp has felt the love and devotion of his fandom, because he seems really ready to step back out in the limelight, though he understandably won’t speak publicly about the impending divorce or about estranged wife, Ms. Heard.
So, what does Depp feel comfortable talking about in this new public Jonesy’s Jukebox interview? He opens up about his celebrity status, but, even more interesting, Johnny talks about his role with Hollywood Vampires and his lifelong passion for music, reports People. Mr. Depp revealed that he has played instruments since he was 12 years old, remarking that he still recalls playing in Miami clubs at 12 and 13 years old.
Surprisingly, Depp only found himself getting into acting as a way to pay the bills, while he pursued his music career, which seems so rare and quite the reverse for aspiring artists who find acting to be their first love.
“I needed to pay rent,” said Depp. “Somebody said, ‘Why don’t you go meet an agent. My agent is with Nick Cage,’ so she sent me on an audition for something and I got it. It seemed like a good way to pay the rent for a minute.”
While acting has become a big part of his life, Mr. Depp adds that he isn’t fond of the fame that goes along with making movies, pointing out that he would rather avoid red carpet functions, if it were possible. Unfortunately, even Johnny Depp recognizes the need for promoting one’s works and for playing the Hollywood game.
“The drag is all the hoopla that happens,” Depp says. “I like the process of it… I don’t wanna be a product. I don’t watch the movies, so for me all I have is the experience.”
Tour listings and ticket information can be found on the Hollywood Vampires website.
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