After legal battle with Amber Heard, Johnny Depp and Jeff Beck announce new joint album, ’18’

After his legal battle with his ex-wife, Johnny Depp announced that he and legendary guitarist Jeff Beck will be releasing an album with mostly covers next month.

The duo’s 13-song album is titled “18” and will be released on July 15. They said they named the album after the creative explosion they felt working together. “We were joking how we felt at 18 again, that this just became the album’s title as well,” Beck said in a statement.

The album contains covers of “Venus In Furs” by The Velvet Underground, the Everly Brothers song “Let It Be Me” and Marvin Gaye’s soul classic “What’s Going On”. There are also versions of Davey Spilan’s “Midnight Walker” and two songs from his Beach Boys masterpiece, “Pet Sounds” – “Caroline, No” and “Don’t Talk (Put your head on my shoulder).”

Depp performed two original versions, including “This Is A Song For Miss Hedy Lamarr”, the group’s first single. Album cover – a sketch of two young men in white shirts – designed by Beck’s wife, Sandra.

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Depp, who has long been a member of the rock group Hollywood Vampires with Alice Cooper and Joe Perry, began recording with Beck in 2019, and Depp has joined Beck’s current European tour.

Earlier this month, a jury sided with Depp in a defamation suit against ex-wife Amber Heard, awarding Pirates of the Caribbean more than $10 million and proving his allegations that Heard defamed him by accusing him of abusing her shortly before and during. marriage.

But in a split decision, the jury also found Heard had been defamed by one of Depp’s lawyers, who accused her of creating an elaborate hoax that included undermining the couple’s apartment to make it look worse for the police. The jury awarded her $2 million.

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