A week ago, on June 26, 2011, a lucky 200 concertgoers got to witness something that yours truly wishes were more common: Johnny Depp playing guitar live on stage. Johnny joined Alice Cooper at the legendary 100 Club in London, playing lead guitar on I’m Eighteen and also participating in a School’s Out/Another Brick In The Wall medley. Johnny had reportedly been dining with Alice and Tim Burton the night before (Alice will reportedly have a cameo in Johnny and Tim’s upcoming film Dark Shadows), and Alice casually asked Johnny if he wanted to join them in concert the following night. If only it were always this easy to get Johnny on stage! Alice was impressed with Johnny’s guitar chops, putting him on par with the likes of Brian May or Slash: “He’s a great guitarist.”
At the show, Johnny sported a guitar he hasn’t (to my knowledge) been seen with before publicly, that friends taip and Maggy helped identify as a 1959 Gibson Les Paul Special. This might be the “vintage Les Paul” that Johnny was spotted purchasing this past April at the Chicago Music Exchange.
I was happy to add this gorgeous guitar to the Johnny Depp Rocks: Johnny’s Guitars page, which I have just noticed will turn 2 years old on or about July 6. Time flies! Take a look at my original blog post introducing this section (which is now split into two separate pages, one for electric guitars and one for acoustic guitars and other assorted instruments). As always, if anyone out there has any additional information on the guitars shown on this page, please let me know!