Johnny Depp has been dressing like a grungy rock star for as long as living memory serves, and whilst he has always had a toe in the proverbial musical pool he has never jumped into the deep end quite like this before. 

Depp has joined forces with Alice Cooper and Joe Perry (of Aerosmith fame) to form a new supergroup who are calling themselves The Hollywood Vampires, a nod to a former Alice Cooper record. 

Depp has been toying with our perceptions of his musical prowess for some time. As the founder and owner of popular Sunset Blvd music venue The Viper Room from 1993 until 2004, Depp has performed and recorded consistently throughout his career as an actor, including recording soundtracks for several of his own films such as Once Upon A Time In Mexico and Chocolat. And even forming a vaguely similar supergroup back in 1990's that included Red Hot Chilli Pepper's shirtless bassist Flea, among other rockers. 

But not at ease with his evident desire to inhabit both the acting and musical disciplines, Depp has famously denounced similar lateral moves from acting to music: "That whole idea for me is a sickening thing, it's always just made me sick. I've been very lucky to play on friends' records and it's still going" he stated. "Music is still part of my life. But you won't be hearing the Johnny Depp Band. That won't ever exist." 

Ok, we're confused, or maybe more to the point, he is confused. We won't split hairs over the name of the band, but this is at least a Johnny Depp band surely?!

The Hollywood Vampires have a big name gig already booked in September where they will hit the main stage at Rock In Rio. With other rock heavyweights such as Queens of The Stone Age and System of a Down. We can't wait to see them in action, for so many reasons...