Kerrang! Awards 2018: Johnny Depp presents band mate Joe Perry with Inspiration Award

Actor and rocker Johnny Depp presented the Kerrang! Inspiration award to Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry.

Perry and Depp have been touring the UK recently as part of supergroup Hollywood Vampires, which also features singer Alice Cooper.

Perry revealed on the red carpet that Depp was a “really great musician through and through”.

He added: “I don’t think he would be would be up on the stage with me and Alice and the rest of the cats if he wasn’t holding his own.

“I don’t think of him as an actor. He’s a guitar player.”

Academy Award nominated actor Johnny Depp was also there to present Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry with the Kerrang! inspiration award.

Depp, 55, has recently toured the UK alongside Perry and Cooper as a guitarist in supergroup Hollywood Vampires.

Depp said it was an honour to present the prize to the man who inspired him to pick up a guitar in the first place.

Dressed all in black with his hair shaved completely on the sides, Depp said Perry was “born to be a rock and roll star”.

He added that his bandmate “continues to have this ability to make notes that shouldn’t work, work.”

Johnny Depp presented band mate Joe Perry with the Inspiration Award as Foo Fighters won big at Thursday night’s Kerrang! Awards 2018.

The American actor took to the stage at the Islington Assembly Hall to honour Aerosmith superstar Perry with the prestigious award.

The duo recently performed at Wembley Arena as part of Alice Cooper’s super-group, Hollywood Vampires.
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Hollywood Vampires: ‘You’ve got to have ego to do what we do’

Alice Cooper, Johnny Depp and Joe Perry discuss addiction, rock-star excess, middle-age mellowing – and the mythical all-star drinking club that gave the band their name

In the early 70s, Alice Cooper helmed his own secret late-night drinking club. Based in an exclusive loft at Hollywood’s legendary Rainbow Bar and Grill, it provided boozy sanctuary to many fellow stars including Ringo Starr, John Belushi, John Lennon, Keith Moon, Keith Emerson, Harry Nilsson and Marc Bolan. Their all-night drinking sessions took place away from the prying eyes of the media and nagging managers. The staff at the Rainbow dubbed the crew the Hollywood Vampires. Continue reading Hollywood Vampires: ‘You’ve got to have ego to do what we do’