More rock than that. While arguing in court with ex-love Amber Heard, Johnny Depp fell artistically in love with Jeff Beck, guitarist of rare effectiveness, too wild to become like Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin (childhood friends, in the late 60s they also played together in the Yardbirds) but firmly inserted among the masters of the six strings. After a few concerts together, they decided that yes, in mid-July they will release a record on which they both play. “It’s called 18 because Johnny and I have really rekindled our youthful spirit,” said Beck, who turns 78 tomorrow. The disc will feature covers and unreleased songs, one of which has already been released (written by Depp): the dark ballad This is a song for Miss Hedy Lamarr, dedicated to the first actress to do a full nude on set and then go down in history as an inventor (its a decisive patent for wireless networks). Beck and Depp, a strange couple, you say, but then not that strange. Johnny Depp, who just turned 59, helped Oasis write Fade In-Out in 1997 and, by the way, joined Alice Cooper’s Hollywood Vampires in 2015 with Aerosmith’s Joe Perry. Rock played properly. In a nutshell, this record is Johnny Depp’s first response to acquittal in the process that (perhaps) dismantled the excesses of Me Too. And it is not something thrown away. The actor and the guitarist will also play live in Italy: on July 18th at the Vittoriale in Gardone Riviera, on July 20th at the Pordenone Blues Festival and on July 21st in Cattolica. More rock than that.