Greetings, underwear and whistles at the Tollwood concert

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FROM: Michael Schleicher


Concert photographers were not admitted to the concert by Johnny Depp (right) and Jeff Beck in Munich. Our archival photo was taken in May 2022 in London. © Photo: Raph Pour-Hashemi / PA Media / dpa

Johnny Depp in Munich. The Pirates of the Caribbean star appeared in Tollwood as a “very special guest” for guitarist Jeff Beck, with whom he recorded the album “18”. Read our concert review here:

Munich – It takes a while, but it finally comes on. When Jeff Beck first walks over to the mic after four songs and a good 25 minutes to say a few words to around 6,000 people in the sold out music arena in Tollwood, the technology is apparently completely embarrassed – and forgets to slide the slider up. Who cares? After all, the 78-year-old Brit is not exactly known as a talker on stage, a pleasant exception to a rock circus. So it doesn’t matter what he says on Wednesday night (July 13, 2022): Beck talks to the guitar – and talks a lot with it.

Jeff Beck once played for the Yardbirds

The musician, who played guitar by Yardbirds alongside Jimmy Page in the 1960s, at the beginning of the concert in Munich shows that he is rightly regarded as one of the most important, influential and experimental guitarists of our time. Dressed in a white shirt, light blue trousers with a white stripe and aviation goggles, he travels rock, jazz and funk with his Fender Stratocaster (white of course) in a very thrilling way. Plays without a pick, which allows him to feel better on the strings. It is fascinating how it allows the tones to gurgling, floating and blurring within themselves.

Munich: Johnny Depp takes the Tollwood stage after 35 minutes

Jeff Beck never forgets that despite all his genius, he is dependent on the band to build the foundations for his solos. That evening, his new drummer Anika Nilles was particularly impressive with her dry, seamless play that allowed no compromises – as was bassist Rhonda Smith, who really flared up with funk and made the temperature in the warm Tollwood tent even higher. . These 35 minutes of Beck and his colleagues are musically the most interesting and at the same time the best of the evening. But of course a lot of people came mostly because of him: when Johnny Depp entered the stage – locks of hair hung picturesquely across his face, a cigarette smoldered at the corner of his mouth, a low-hanging leopard-style guitar – there was a loud burst of cheers.

Loud cheering from Johnny Depp in Munich

As we reported, the musician and Hollywood star, which most viewers probably know and love as Captain Jack Sparrow from “Pirates of the Caribbean” movies, became friends a few years ago. It is said that Beck saw Depp’s talent for songwriting – on Friday, July 15, 2022, the first joint album “18” will be released. The actor, who appeared on the news mainly due to a defamation trial between him and ex-wife Amber Heard, wanted to become a musician when he was young. He dropped out of high school to have time with his band The Kids. Then his acting career got in the way, but ten years ago, he founded the Hollywood Vampires with singer Alice Cooper and guitarist Aerosmith Joe Perry. The band made a guest appearance at Tollwood in 2018 – that same year, Beck also played a highly concentrated concert in Munich at the Circus Krone.

Now the two men are back in town together. Depp introduces himself from the very beginning as a songwriter: “This is a Song for Miss Hedy Lamarr” is a truly wonderful ballad and a deep tribute to the largely forgotten Austro-American Hollywood diva and inventor Hedy Lamarr (1914-2000). “Erased by the same world that made her a star,” sings Depp, accompanying herself on an acoustic guitar: “Erased by the same world that made her a star.” version of “Death and Resurrection Show” by Killing Jokes – Depp here powerful with voice distortion and loads of Deadnote scrub. The actor is still smiling at his fans, waving at them – and besides, there is no doubt that Jeff Beck is the real star and the master of the evening. Good this way.

Sebastian Horn of Bananafishbones in Tollwood. © Paweł Kemp

Depp was announced as “a very special guest”. The guy who comes to the party late and leaves early. Not only is the audience cheering and red underwear for the 59-year-old in the music arena waiting for this quickie, but also disappointed whistles. Because after 75 minutes it’s over. It’s a pity, especially for Beck, you would like to listen to it longer. Johnny Depp was on stage for a little more than 40 minutes – so only a little longer than the Bananafishbones. As reported, the Tölzers opened the evening. “We’re here to sweeten your time until it really starts,” Sebastian Horn said in greeting. Of course, this can only be said by those who know that they do not need to hide. And that was it.

(Parallel to Jeff Beck and Johnny Depp’s performance at Tollwood in Munich, Alicia Keys played at the Olympiahalle. A review of the concert can be found here.)

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