Johnny Depp teams up with guitarist Jeff Beck for full-length album of covers and two new originals
With his massive win in his libel lawsuit against ex-wife Amber behind him, Johnny Depp can now focus on his art and career.
And just this week, Depp confirmed that he’s teaming up with legendary guitarist Jeff Beck to record a new studio album due out in July.
The 13-track collection features two new Depp originals and an eclectic mix of covers ranging from iconic artists like the Beach Boys, Marvin Gaye and John Lennon to alternative rockers like Killing Joke and The Velvet Underground.
Collaboration: Johnny Depp, 59, teamed up with legendary guitarist Jeff Beck, 77, for an upcoming studio album titled ’18’
The upcoming album, which will be released on July 15, is called 18.
“When Johnny and I started playing together, it really fueled our youthful spirit and creativity. We joked about how we felt 18 again, so that just became the album title too,” Beck, 77, said in a statement about the album, as reported by Billboard†
In keeping with their fond teenage memories sparked by the music, the two artists decided to an illustration of themselves as 18-year-olds, drawn by Beck’s wife Sandra, for the album cover.
For Depp, 59, who grew up listening to Beck’s music, the collaboration is like a dream come true.
“It is an extraordinary honor to play and write music with Jeff, one of the true greats and someone I now have the privilege of calling my brother,” Depp added in their statement.
Title Story: Upcoming studio album was called ’18’ when Beck and Depp realized their collaboration made them feel like they were 18 again
The duo first met in 2016 and quickly bonded over conversations about guitars and cars, while trying to make each other laugh.
Over the years, Beck came to appreciate Depp’s songwriting abilities, leading to the former Yardbirds guitarist playing on a song, Welcome To Bushwacker, which appeared on the Hollywood Vampires album Rise (2019). Depp co-founded the supergroup in 2012 with Alice Cooper and Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry.
Seeing Depp’s musical talent up close and feeling their chemistry, it was unmistakable, it was Beck who suggested recording songs that would eventually make up ’18’.
While in the recording studio, Beck says they challenged each other, in part by choosing certain songs to cover for the album.
The album: The 13-track album features two new Depp originals and covers from artists such as the Beach Boys, Marvin Gaye, John Lennon, The Everly Brothers, Killing Joke and The Velvet Underground.
“I haven’t had another creative partner like him in ages,” confessed Beck, adding: “He was a huge force on this record. I just hope people take him seriously as a musician because it’s hard for some people to accept that Johnny Depp can sing rock and roll.”
Beck also praised one of Depp’s originals – This Is A Song For Miss Hedy Lamarr – making the cut to be on the album.
“I was blown away by it,” the Jeff Beck Group star revealed. “That song is one of the reasons I asked him to make an album with me.”
Depp’s abilities as a musician can be heard on covers such as Caroline, No by the Beach Boys, Marvin Gaye’s Ooo Baby Baby, The Velvet Underground’s Venus In Furs and Killing Joke’s Death And Resurrection Show.
The Beck-Depp album ’18’ will be released digitally and on CD on July 15, followed by a vinyl edition on September 30.
Coming soon: Beck-Depp album ’18’ will be released digitally and on CD on July 15th, followed by a vinyl edition on September 30th