Jeff Beck discovered a kindred spirit in Johnny Depp when the 2 met in 2016. They bonded shortly over automobiles and guitars and spent most of their time collectively making an attempt to make one another snort. On the similar time, Beck‘s appreciation grew for Depp‘s severe songwriting expertise and his ear for music. That expertise and their chemistry satisfied Beck they need to make an album collectively.
Depp agreed and so they began in 2019. Over the following three years, they recorded a mixture of Depp originals together with a variety of covers that touches on all the things from Celtic and Motown, to the BEACH BOYS and KILLING JOKE. In 2020, through the pandemic, they previewed their collaboration with their well-timed cowl of John Lennon‘s “Isolation”.
The duo’s 13-track album, dubbed “18”, will arrive on July 15. Beck explains the album title: “When Johnny and I began enjoying collectively, it actually ignited our youthful spirit and creativity. We’d joke about how we felt 18 once more, in order that simply turned the album title too.”
“18” shall be obtainable on CD and digitally, with a 180-gram black vinyl model approaching September 30. The duvet options an illustration of Beck and Depp as 18-year-olds that was drawn and designed by Beck‘s spouse Sandra. All codecs can be found for pre-save/pre-add.
Main as much as the discharge of “18”, Beck has launched a European tour, with Depp as particular visitor, which is able to conclude on July 25 at L’Olympia in Paris.
For the final 12 years, Depp has recorded and toured with the HOLLYWOOD VAMPIRES, a band he began with Alice Cooper and Joe Perry. The supergroup has launched two studio albums that embrace visitor appearances by a few of rocks greatest names: Paul McCartney, Dave Grohl and Joe Walsh. The checklist additionally contains Beck, who performed guitar on “Welcome To Bushwackers”, a track on “Rise”, the VAMPIRES‘ second album, which got here out in 2019.
Quickly after, Depp requested Beck to play lead on a tune he’d written, the album’s first single “This Is A Tune For Miss Hedy Lamarr”, an homage to the actress/inventor. Beck says it was the catalyst for the collaboration and is one in every of his favourite songs on the brand new album. “I used to be blown away by it,” he says. “That track is likely one of the causes I requested him to make an album with me.” The observe is out there immediately digitally, together with an accompanying music video. Watch it beneath.
Of Beck, Depp provides, “It is a unprecedented honor to play and write music with Jeff, one of many true greats and somebody I’m now privileged sufficient to name my brother.”
Within the studio, Beck says he and Depp challenged one another to depart their consolation zones with the songs they selected to cowl. “I have not had one other inventive associate like him for ages,” Beck says. “He was a serious power on this report. I simply hope individuals will take him severely as a musician as a result of it is a exhausting factor for some individuals to simply accept that Johnny Depp can sing rock and roll.”
Depp justifies Beck‘s religion on the brand new album by displaying off his unimaginable emotional vary on songs like THE VELVET UNDERGROUND‘s “Venus In Furs”, THE EVERLY BROTHERS‘ ballad “Let It Be Me” and Marvin Gaye‘s soul traditional “What’s Going On”. On the instrumentals, Beck demonstrates why he is universally revered as a guitar god with gorgeous variations of Davy Spillane‘s “Midnight Walker” and two songs from the BEACH BOYS‘ masterpiece “Pet Sounds” — “Caroline, No” and “Do not Speak (Put Your Head On My Shoulder)”.
“18” observe itemizing
01. Midnight Walker (Davy Spillane cowl)
02. Loss of life And Resurrection Present (KILLING JOKE cowl)
03. Time (Dennis Wilson cowl)
04. Unhappy Motherfuckin’ Parade (Johnny Depp authentic)
05. Do not Speak (Put Your Head On My Shoulder) (BEACH BOYS cowl)
06. This Is A Tune For Miss Hedy Lamarr (Johnny Depp authentic)
07. Caroline, No (BEACH BOYS cowl)
08. Ooo Child Child (THE MIRACLES cowl)
09. What’s Going On (Marvin Gaye cowl)
10. Venus In Furs (THE VELVET UNDERGROUND cowl)
11. Let It Be Me (THE EVERLY BROTHERS cowl)
12. Stars (Janis Ian cowl)
13. Isolation (John Lennon cowl)*
* Out there on digital and CD model solely