It’s very hilarious.
When a gig prevented Elvis Costello from making a recording session for Lost on the River: The New Basement Tapes– an album of “lost” Bob Dylan lyrics that Costello, Marcus Mumford and My Morning Jacket’s Jim James, among others, have set to music – producer T-Bone Burnett found a worthy fill-in: Johnny Depp. The actor sat in on guitar for Costello during the recording of “Kansas City,” according to NME, after stopping by the L.A. studio where the sessions are taking place to visit the producer.
Burnett and the musicians, which also include Dawes’ Taylor Goldsmith and Carolina Chocolate Drops’ Rhiannon Giddens, have been working on the record since this past spring. The lyrics date back to Dylan’s fabled 1967 stay at the West Saugerties house known as “Big Pink,” where he and the Band recorded 30 songs that were heavily bootlegged until their official release asThe Basement Tapes in 1975. During his time at Big Pink, Dylan wrote the lyrics to many songs that he did not record, so Burnett & Co. have taken it upon themselves to give the “new” songs music on Lost on the River and have set about recording an estimated 50 new songs (with overlap). Song titles include “Florida Key,” “Card Shark,” “Hi-De-Ho” and “Lost on the River.”
“These are not B-level Dylan lyrics,” Burnett told the Los Angeles Times this past March. “They’re lyrics he just never got around to finishing.”
In addition to making the album, the musicians are allowing Showtime filmmaker Sam Jones to document the sessions for a special titled Lost on the River: The Basement Tapes Continued, which is set to premiere in the fall.
Depp has been especially busy with music the last few years. Last month, he joined Aerosmith in Boston to play guitar on “Train Kept A-Rollin’,” following up his appearance doing backup vocals on their 2012 album Music From Another Dimension. He also joined Willie Nelson in Boston, at a June concert, for performances of “On the Road Again” and “Crazy.” Two years prior, he played with the Black Keys at the MTV Movie Awards, surprised an Alice Cooper audience at one of the shock rocker’s L.A. gigs and crashed Marilyn Manson’s headlining gig at the Revolver Golden Gods show. He also played guitar on a cover of Carly Simon’s “You’re So Vain” with Manson that year.
The fifth installment of the popular fantasy adventure film series “Pirates of the Caribbean” is already being produced with several location shots including Puerto Rico and New Orleans, which both have ideal settings that are essential for the movie’s scenes, according to Deadline. It was announced that Norwegian directors Espen Sandberg and Joachim Rønning would be directing the film.
The producer of the films, Jerry Bruckheimer, has given few clues as to which villains and major creatures would be shown in the upcoming film. But we do know the title of the latest installment: “Dead Men Tell No Tales.”
According to Hallels, Bruckheimer has suggested that the latest installment would be a straight-up pirate movie but without a kraken-like monster. This suggests that the following films will steer away from monsters chasing Jack Sparrow and his company.
Penelope Cruz, who portrayed the character of Angelica, will not be appearing in the fifth installment. There will also be fewer appearances by Elizabeth and Will whose stories seem to have been resolved previously. The plot could revolve around Jack following Captain Teague’s words about getting the Trident.
The most likely release date for “Dead Men Tell No Tales” is July 7, 2017, Indie Wire reported. “Dead Men Tell No Tales” will follow the trend that started when Captain Jack Sparrow charmed everyone’s hearts and attention after the first film, “Curse of the Black Pearl.” Bruckheimer also said that the film would still have its share of magic, wit, and craftiness, which is what “Pirates” is all about.
The next film will allegedly start with a pirate wedding. However, Bruckheimer has not given the names of the people who are getting married. With a scheduled premiere so far away, many plot details and other plans could still be in the works. It could take at least two more years for fans to get any specific details about the movie.
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Johnny Depp has taken a break from filming Whitey Bulger crime drama Black Mass to take part in secret recording sessions with Paul McCartney, Alice Cooper and Aerosmith’s Joe Perry.
Speaking to the Chicago Sun-Times newspaper, guitarist Perry (63) said: “It’s the great ego leveller. I was in the studio with Alice Cooper and Johnny Depp, playing guitar, and the three of us are looking at each other like, hey, we’re sitting here with Paul McCartney! And we’re all looking at each other like open-mouthed kids.
“At 72 he can still hit all those notes. However, the Aerosmith member refused to disclose any more details. “It’s a project that we’re keeping under wraps for now.”
Depp joined Aerosmith on stage at their gig in Mansfield, Massachusetts to play guitar last Wednesday night. He jammed along with the band’s 1974 hit, Train Kept a Rollin’, which he also played with the band at a 2012 show at the Hollywood Bowl in LA.
The actor is currently filming Black Mass, a new drama about Boston-Irish crime boss Whitey Bulger, which is set for release next year.
The movie also stars Adam Scott, Joel Edgerton, Benedict Cumberbatch, Dakota Johnson, Juno Temple, Jesse Plemons, Kevin Bacon, Sienna Miller and Peter Sarsgaard.
Johnny Depp surprised Aerosmith fans on Wednesday night when he strapped on his guitar to join the US rockers for their Boston gig.
The Pirates of the Caribbean star took time off from filming Whitey Bulger biopic Black Mass to showcase his musicianship at the Xfinity Center.
Frontman Steven Tyler, from Massachusetts, introduced his high profile guest to the crowd, exclaiming: “Yo! Bringing out on stage my good friend, Mr Johnny Depp!”
The 51-year-old actor played guitar and performed an extended solo on the band’s hit song “Train Kept A-Rollin”, from their 2012 album Music From Another Dimension!.
His fiancée Amber Heard was watching the gig backstage, reports suggest.
Depp features on the studio version of “Trains Kept A-Rollin” and joined Aerosmith for a series of live shows during the year of its release.