Johnny Depp Will Release An Album With Jeff Beck
Johnny Depp has announced, a week after the end of his highly-publicized defamation lawsuit against ex-wife Amber Heard, that he will release an album with British musician Jeff Beck on 15 July.
According to AFP, the 13-song record titled "18" is largely made up of covers, from the Beach Boys to Marvin Gaye to the Velvet Underground, according to Depp and Beck's statement.
The album will also feature two songs written by the 59-year-old Hollywood actor Johnny Depp. "This is a Song for Miss Hedy Lamar" and "Saad Motherfuckin Parade."
Johnny Depp's New Album With Jeff Beck
Deep and Jeff Beck met in 2016 and became friends with "cars and guitars" as their shared passions.
Jeff Beck, now 77 years old, said that when he and Johnny started playing together, it ignited their youthful spirit and creativity and they were joking about feeling like they were 18 again, so that became the new album title.
This isn't Johnny Depp's first foray into music: the actor has recorded and toured for more than a decade with The Hollywood Vampires, a "supergroup" he founded with Alice Cooper and Joe Perry.
"It is a great honor for me to play and write music with Jeff, who is one of the adults, who I now have the privilege of calling my brother," said Johnny Depp, a special guest on Jeff Beck's European tour.
Johnny Depp Just Won The Trial With Amber Heard
The release of the new album with Jeff Beck comes shortly after Johnny Depp won this highly publicized trial with Amber Heard, even though the jury concluded that the two stars had defamed each other.
After about 13 hours of deliberations in a Washington courtroom, the seven jurors decided in favor of Johnny Depp on all three grounds of his defamation suit, awarding him $10 million in damages and $5 million in aggravated damages.
Clearly, these five men and two women unanimously felt that Amber Heard made false statements describing herself as a victim of domestic violence and that she acted "maliciously," even though she did not name her ex-husband in that text in The Washington Post.
The Fairfax, Virginia, court, however, reduced the $5 million in aggravated damages to $350,000 in the application of the state's statutory maximum, which reduced the amount Amber Heard owed her ex-husband to $10.4 million. Jurors also ruled that 58-year-old Johnny Depp defamed Amber Heard by awarding her $2 million in financial compensation.