A week after the end of his highly publicized defamation lawsuit against his ex-wife Amber Heard, Johnny Depp has announced that he will be releasing an album with English rocker Jeff Beck on July 15.
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The 13-track disc entitled "18" is largely made up of covers, from the Beach Boys, Marvin Gaye or Velvet Underground, according to the statement from Depp and Beck.
It will also include two songs written by Johnny Depp, 59: "This is a Song for Miss Hedy Lamarr" and "Sad Motherfuckin' Parade".
The duo had met in 2016, bonding over "cars and guitars".
“When Johnny and I started playing together, it really ignited our youthful spirit and our creativity,” said Jeff Beck, 77. “We were joking that we felt like we were 18 again, so that also became the title of the album. »
This isn't Johnny Depp's first foray into music: the actor recorded and toured for more than a decade with the Hollywood Vampires, a "supergroup" he created with Alice Cooper and Joe Perry.
"It's an amazing honor to play and write music with Jeff, one of the greatest, whom I now have the privilege of calling my brother," said Johnny Depp, currently the special guest of Jeff Beck's tour of Europe.
Last week, a jury awarded Mr. Depp $10.4million in damages following a libel lawsuit against his former partner Amber Heard.
The jury at the court in Fairfax, near Washington, found that Ms Heard, 36, defamed Mr Depp by describing herself as a victim of domestic violence in a 2018 op-ed published in The Washington Post, although she did not did not identify the actor by name.
For her part, Ms. Heard must receive $ 2 million in damages, because the jury found that one of Mr. Depp’s lawyers had also defamed her. The trial, which lasted six weeks, generated a lot of interest, in particular because it was televised and broadcast live, and excerpts were shared on social media making Amber Heard the target of much online mockery. .