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See Johnny Depp Play a Weepy Solo on Danzig’s ‘Mother’ With Ryan Adams


Johnny Depp got a rousing “Johnny! Johnny! Johnny!” chant Thursday night after making a surprise appearance at Ryan Adams’ London concert where they played Danzig’s anti-PMRC screed “Mother” as an encore song.

At the 2,000-person-capacity O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire venue, the actor donned his usual wide-brimmed cap for the occasion and opted to play his own weepy, bluesy guitar lead instead of the pyrotechnic solo on the original. Depp also stuck around to close out the show, playing guitar on Adams’ unrequited love song “Kim,” off his recently released Ryan Adams album.

Depp has been particularly busy in the music realm in recent years. Earlier this month, he sat in on a half-hour blues jam with Paul McCartney. A month before that, he sat in for Elvis Costello to play guitar on the song “Kansas City” during the sessions for Lost on the River: The New Basement Tapes, a collection of previously unreleased lyrics that Bob Dylan wrote while making his legendary Basement Tapes. And in June, Depp joined Aerosmith onstage to play another bluesy solo on their cover of “Train Kept-a-Rollin’.” Over the past few years, Depp has joined Willie Nelson, the Black Keys, Alice Cooper and Marilyn Manson to play guitar.

Adams has been busy lately, too. In addition to working on his new record, the singer-songwriter has produced sessions for Fall Out Boy and Jenny Lewis. He’s also been collaborating with actors other than Depp, drafting the “Mistress of the Dark,” Elvira, for his “Gimme Something Good” video and comedians Garry Shandling and Jeff Garlin for promo videos.

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