Johnny Depp Says He Didn’t Smuggle Dogs Into Australia, Jokes He May Have …

12 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Cooper-led Hollywood Vampires raise the dead — and the roof.

This past spring, Johnny Depp appeared in news headlines for the most unlikely of reasons. His latest project Hollywood Vampires — a true supergroup including Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry and actor-guitarist Johnny Depp — is an outgrowth of his most recent “Raise the Dead” tour, which featured Cooper covering classic rock songs from bands who had a member die from drug or alcohol abuse.

While in Australia to film the latest Pirates of the Caribbean movie, the country’s Minister of Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce, charged the perennially cool movie star and part-time musician and his new wife, Amber Heard, with “smuggling” their two teacup terriers, Boo and Pistol, into the country illegally. Cameos from classic rock legends abound here, as well, including contributions from Paul McCartney, Joe Walsh, Zak Starkey, AC/DC’s Brian Johnson, Perry Farrell, Robby Krieger and Dave Grohl.

And on Friday night, Depp finally discussed the controversy on Jimmy Kimmel Live. “We were under the impression that we had all the paperwork done with the dogs. Among the strongest on “Hollywood Vampires” are a pounding cover of The Who’s “My Generation,” a Krieger-powered Doors medley of “Five to One/Break on Through,” and a version of T-Rex’s “Jeepster” that manages to be heavy and pop-y all at once. I can’t quite equate the two—it was funny.” This past May, Joyce issued a press statement declaring that he had succeeded in getting rid of Depp’s dogs. Cooper’s nasal sneer is perfect on Three Dog Night’s “One,” and Perry’s slashing guitar powers the still-iconic “Cold Turkey,” John Lennon’s ode to drug withdrawal.

According to ABC Australia, “an officer from the Agriculture Department escorted the dogs—Boo and Pistol—from the mansion where Depp was staying on the Gold Coast to the airport for their flight home.” Depp, meanwhile, has been making headlines for more positive reasons of late—his performance as Boston mob boss Whitey Bulger in Black Mass is said to be worthy of an Oscar. In fact, Heard, 29, is facing two counts of illegally importing their dogs into Australia. “They threatened to put her in jail!” the late-night host exclaimed. The band title refers to a ’70s drinking club Cooper was part of that also included Lennon, Moon, Harry Nilsson, Bernie Taupin and Micky Dolenz of the Monkees. His actress wife may not be as willing to let things go, though. “I have a feeling we’re going to be avoiding the land Down Under from now on, just as much as we can, thanks to certain politicians there,” she told Australia’s Sunrise morning show in late June.

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