Johnny has played as a guest guitarist with many performers, including Alice Cooper, Shane MacGowan, Oasis, Iggy Pop, Aerosmith, Bill Carter and Patti Smith.
The Partibrejkers - In February 1992, Johnny played with The Partibrejkers, a Serbian rock/punk blues group, while in Belgrade for the Belgrade International Film Festival to promote Arizona Dream.
Oasis - A year after performing with Shane MacGowan on Top Of the Pops in September 1994, Johnny played "Fade Away" with Oasis, for a album called Help: A Charity Project for the Children Of Bosnia. In June of 1996, Johnny again recorded with Oasis. According to Noel Gallagher, guitarist for Oasis, Johnny and Kate Moss joined him on the Caribbean island of Mustique where the band was recording music for the Be Here Now album. Having had too much to drink, Noel was unable to play the slide guitar solo for the song "Fade In-Out". Johnny picked up the guitar and played it for him. Noel later confessed it took him six months practice prior to the tour to learn the guitar solo Johnny had played in one take.
Iggy Pop - Johnny joined Iggy Pop for the recording of "Hollywood Affair" in late 1999. The single was included in the album Corruption. Johnny is credited with writing the music and co-producing "Hollywood Affair" on the album. A month after the recording, Johnny rejoined Iggy to play "Hollywood Affair" and "Nightclubbing" for a live show in Canal, Paris.
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Babybird - Johnny plays on "Jesus Stag Night Club", a track on Babybird's album The Pleasures of Self Destruction, released October 31, 2011. According to Steven Jones, "Jesus Stag Night Club" is "about a group of teenagers who hire a Jesus lookalike to organize a stag night in the north of England. It goes wrong and the impersonator dies during the night out, only to find out that he really is Jesus." For more information on The Pleasures of Self Destruction and to listen to a sample of "Jesus Stag Night Club", visit Amazon.co.uk.
Lulu Gainsbourg - From Gainsbourg to Lulu is the debut album of Lulu Gainsbourg, son of French singer-songwriter Serge Gainsbourg. From Gainsbourg to Lulu, a tribute to Serge from his son, features rewrites of Serge's classic rock, chanson and soundtracks. The tracks are performed by well-known artists including Iggy Pop, Shane MacGowan, Johnny Depp and Vanessa Paradis. Johnny and Vanessa perform "Ballade de Melody Nelson". The album was released February 7, 2012.
Click on the arrow to hear "Ballade de Melody Nelson".
Patti Smith's Banga - While visiting Johnny on set for the filming on The Rum Diary, Patti Smith got an idea for a song. Since she was concerned about forgetting it, Johnny recorded her singing. According to Smith, when she received the recording from Johnny he had added "drums, guitar and everything." (Source: Spinner) The first minute of the track, also named "Banga", is just Johnny playing guitar and drums, and Patti singing. The band joined in on the chorus.
The ninth track on the Banga CD, "Nine", was written by Patti for Johnny as a birthday present. According to The Telegraph, inspiration for the song came from Patti's visit with Johnny falling on Johnny's birthday, June 9th. The song mentions the day of his birthday, Sunday, and the hospital where he was born, Sister's of Mercy. Listening to the lyrics of "Nine", there is no doubt that the song is about Johnny.
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Listen to "Nine" on SoundCloud
Marilyn Mason: "You're So Vain" - Johnny collaborated with Marilyn Manson in a cover of Carley Simon's "You're So Vain", a bonus single on Manson's album Born Villian, released on May 1, 2012. Johnny is credited as a producer and for guitars on the single. According to Manson, the song was chosen because "it really states the obvious about where he and I both are as artists." (Source: Billboard)
"Street Runners" - Using the alias of Mr. Stench, Johnny contributed a four-part narration about greed for "Street Runners", a track on Jup and Rob Jackson's Collective Bargaining. The track was later released in a compilation album titled The Hookah Lounge, Vol. 1. The Hip Hop album was produced by Brashk Inc., which is owned by William "Billy" Rassel, Johnny's nephew. According to Mr. Rassel, Johnny recorded his part in between shoots while filming The Lone Ranger. The track also features Kae State. (Source: Premiere Hip Hop) Collective Bargaining was released on September 18, 2012.
To hear Johnny's narration and watch the music video, visit YouTube. Warning! The lyrics contain profanity and adult themes.
Aerosmith: "Freedom Fighters" - Outraged after watching documentary footage about an Africian warlord kidnapping children and using them as soldiers and sex slaves, Joe Perry, Aeorsmith's lead guitarist, was inspired to write "Freedom Fighters". In the song, Perry attacks the perpetrators of these crimes and pay homage to the "freedom fighters... who do so much good by going to the front lines with cameras and tape recorders." (Joe Perry, Source: Rolling Stone). "Freedom Fighters" is included on Aerosmith's Music From Another Dimension album which was released November 6, 2012. Johnny sings back up to Joe Perry's husky vocals and hard rocking guitar. In the video below at 1:30, Joe Perry explains how Johnny became involved.
To hear "Freedom Fighters" in it's entirety, visit Rolling Stone.
West Of Memphis: Voices For Justice - West Of Memphis: Voices For Justice is album inspired by West of Memphis, a film about the West Memphis Three. Released on January 15, 2013, it features music from artists including Eddie Vedder, Natalie Maines, Patti Smith, Lucinda Williams. Tonto's Giant Nuts, featuring Johnny Depp and Bruce Witkin, contributed a cover of Mumford & Sons' "Little Lion Man", a song which was an inspiration to Damien Echols at the end of his prison term. Johnny also played guitar on Marilyn Manson cover of Carly Simon's "You're So Vain", and read a letter from Damien while on Death Row in a third track. (Source: Legacy Recordings) For A limited time, you can listen to the entire CD, including "Little Lion Man", on Spinner. Warning! The lyrics contain profanity. Photos from the recording of Voices For Justice can be found on West Of Memphis: Voices For Justice website.
Son of Rogue's Gallery: Pirate Ballads, Sea Songs & Chanteys - Johnny produced (with Gore Verbinski) and contributed to two tracks on Son of Rogue's Gallery: Track 1, "Leaving of Liverpool" (Shane MacGowan w/Johnny Depp & Gore Verbinski) and "The Mermaid Song" with Patti Smith, featured in The Rum Diary film and soundtrack. The release date for Son of Rogue's Gallery is February 19, 2013.
Alice Cooper - In an interview with The Desert Sun in late January 2013, Alice Cooper mentions spending two days in a studio with Johnny Depp recording a song they collaborated on - Johnny wrote the music and Alice wrote the lyrics - which will be the title track for Alice's new album.
"State Trooper" - Bill Carter debuted the Springsteen classic "State Trooper" featuring Johnny Depp, Mike Thompson and Bruce Witkin on E-Street Radio, Sirius Radio, January 22, 2013. Click here to hear Carter's "State Trooper".
Steve Hunter's The Manhattan Blues Project - Released on April 30, 2013, The Manhattan Blues Project features many guest musicians, including guitarists Johnny and Aerosmith's Joe Perry on the track "The Brooklyn Shuffle". Steve Hunter: "I told Johnny and Joe to plug their guitars in and have a blast, and it sounds like they did to me." (Source: gretschguitars.com) It's believed Steve Hunter played the first solo, Johnny the second, and Joe Perry the third.
Click on the arrow to hear "The Brooklyn Shuffle".
Ryan Adams - On Ryan Adams self-titled album, Johnny plays guitar on a track titled "Aching for Something More." Release date: September 9, 2014. In an interview with Iggy Pop for Interview Magazine (April 2014), Johnny mentions his work with Adams: "Ryan is incredibly prolific and he's just a pure soul, he's just this being. He's got a great handle on it. And is taking good care of himself. But what a talent, man. I'm amazed by the fucker."