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Alice Cooper Loves Playing With Johnny Depp: "It's Not About His Ego"


You know the drill by know: Johnny Depp is an actor who likes to play music with his celebrity musician friends, but he doesn't take it too seriously. In fact, Depp has made it clear that he finds it "sickening" when movie stars attempt to make careers out of music -- so he steers clear of doing such a thing.

Still, he has played a lot of music, most recently as part of The New Basement Tapes project in 2014. His résumé includes recording gigs with Oasis and Marilyn Manson, and he has performed live with a handful of artists including Eddie Vedder and Alice Cooper.

The latter musician recently spoke to Rolling Stone about Depp.

"We see each other a lot," Cooper said. "He's become a close friend and collaborator. We've done a lot of recording together recently. He is really a very talented and cool guy. Johnny is a guy who doesn't have to do anything; he does things because he wants to do them. It's not about his ego."

The two met in 2011 on the set of Dark Shadows. After a short conversation about music, Cooper asked Depp if he would join him in London for a club gig. Depp was so impressive that Cooper invited him back to play gigs in Los Angeles and Phoenix the next year.

"Johnny has this old school rock & roll feel in his playing," Cooper said. "It is very choosy and thoughtful. He gets in and out and avoids overplaying, which a lot of players should learn from. He's also not a stage hog, which surprised me at first. He's happy being up there and enjoying the music, but he never makes it about him.

"What I really love about Johnny is that when he does music, it is for fun and because he loves music. He was a musician first, so I think it is really close to his heart."

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