As Johnny Depp fans might know, before he became the De Niro to Tim Burton's Scorsese, he played guitar for The Kids, an early '80s band whose biggest claim to fame was opening for the Psychedelic Furs. Depp's rock star aspirations turned out to be a dream deferred, though — the band split sometime after his first dramatic role in A Nightmare on Elm Street.
But in recent years, Depp has reconnected with his rock roots, jamming with musicians like Shane McGowan of the Pogues, Keith Richards, Oasis, and Alice Cooper — it's like he's enrolled in his own personal fantasy rock camp. And last night, the forty-eight-year-old actor continued honing his guitar chops, performing at Revolver magazine's Golden Gods Awards concert at L.A.'s Club Nokia with old buddy Marilyn Manson. (Manson was an extra on the original 21 Jump Street.)
Depp accompanied Manson (who appeared to have done his make-up on a bumpy road en route to the show) on his two goth-metal classics, "Sweet Dreams" and "The Beautiful People." Manson (nè Brian Warner) shouted himself raw — either it was an off-night, or he should concentrate on marketing his personal brand of Swiss-made absinthe, "Mansinthe." (Sugar cubes not included.)
Lest anyone not spot the feather-hatted icon in their midst, Manson announced between songs, "If you don't recognize my personal friend, my personal savior, my personal guitar hero… Johnny Depp!" Manson and Depp also recently teamed up for a duet of Carly Simon's "You're So Vain", which will be included as a bonus track on Manson's upcoming album, Born Villain, due on May 1.