For an actor, Johnny Depp hangs out with a lot of musicians. He played guitar on an Oasis album, formed two supergroups and collaborated with Tom Petty. So it’s no surprise that he rubbed shoulders with legendary Beatle Paul McCartney. Long before we knew about the Hicksville trailer and the missing fingertip from it, Depp’s one-of-a-kind gift inspired McCartney to write a Grammy-winning song. Now, Sir Paul appears to be showing his support for Depp in his libel trial against ex-wife Amber Heard.
Paul McCartney: “I blame Johnny Depp” for inspiring a Grammy-winning song with a unique gift
After decades of writing hit music, first with The Beatles, then with Wings and solo, McCartney probably knows how to draw inspiration. But Depp inspired McCartney with a unique gift: a short-necked cigar box guitar. So, of course, McCartney had to immediately go out and write a Grammy-winning hit.
McCartney teamed up with surviving Nirvana members Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic and Pat Smear to record “Cut Me Some Slack”. The quartet won best rock performance at the 2013 Grammys for a song that only took a few hours to complete.
I blame Johnny Depp because he had just given me this little cigar box guitar that was [wildly] excited to play,” McCartney said at the time, according to Parade. “We only had three or four hours. It was an excuse for my wife and daughter to go to her family’s house and play with the kids. We slip away. We made the song very quickly.”
Depp’s one-off gift to McCartney sparked the desire to write “Cut Me Some Slack,” and it ended up being a Nirvana reunion that led to the quartet winning a Grammy.
McCartney shows support for Depp during libel trial
There was Depp’s guitar gift to McCartney. And Depp appears in the videos for McCartney’s songs “My Valentine”, “Early Days” and “Queenie Eye”. And McCartney appearing as Jack Sparrow’s uncle in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.
Depp and McCartney have a strong relationship, which manifests itself in Macca appearing to show support for the chocolate actor during a concert.
As McCartney played the piano, a video of Depp playing a guitar played on a giant screen behind him, Yahoo reports. However, the publication also noted that McCartney has used images of Depp during previous concerts. Whether or not McCartney supports Depp in his libel trial, the legal drama doesn’t seem to be affecting his friendship.
Depp dreamed of being a musician before turning to acting
Depp’s musical talent has never been a secret. He may still hang out and jam with famous artists (and dole out one-of-a-kind gifts to all-time legends), but he might have had a career in music if it wasn’t for Nicolas Cage and Depp’s first wife.
He came to Los Angeles hoping to land a recording contract with his band, The Kids, but Depp’s music career did not pan out as he hoped.
His first wife, Lori Anne Allison, and her friend Cage encouraged Depp to focus on acting, and success was not long in coming. He landed a part on Nightmare on Elm Street in 1984, he starred 21 Jump Street beginning in 1987, and in 1990, he had a leading role in Edward Scissorhands.
Depp’s music career might be more of a hobby now, but his fame as an actor allowed him to mingle with some of the most famous musicians of all time. Eventually, that led to Depp giving Paul McCartney a one-of-a-kind gift, which in turn led to one of Sir Paul’s many Grammy Awards.
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Johnny Depp’s Gift Inspired a Grammy-Winning Song by Paul McCartney