Johnny and Jeff Beck having a lot of fun on stage, last Tuesday (September 17) in Kansas City.
night, September 17, Johnny surprised those who went to Jeff Beck’s show at
Uptown Theater in Kansas City. Johnny head back to the USA and was on stage
with his friends, playing guitar and also singing.
Johnny sang John Lennon’s “Isolation” and ZZ Top’s “Mr. Millionaire” and for the FIRST TIME he sang the new
and unreleased song named “This is
a Song for Ms. Hedy Lamarr”.
The slow rock ballad song was written by Johnny and Tommy Henriksen for what seems to
be their side music project named “The Gypsy
Punk” (Johnny the “Gypsy” and Tommy
the “Punk”) which is also credited for being the mixers for the Hollywood Vampires’
album “Rise”. It also seems that Johnny, Jeff and the band may had rehearsed the song before, once all the members are playing perfectly the instruments. If I’m not mistaken on the chorus johnny sings: “Don’t believe, Can’t believe, don’t believe in humans anymore”…
> A little bit of history: Who is Hedy
interview, for the Chinese magazine “Movie View”, Johnny talked a little bit about how he
was moved after watching the documentary “Bombshell:
The Hedy Lamarr Story”. The documentary tells the sad story of Hedy Lamarr, who
escaped from Austria during the World War II, became a well-known actress in United States and also
worked in her spare time on various hobbies and inventions. Although being a non-trained
engineer, she invented the radio frequency hopping, after being horrified by the
German torpedoing of two ships which were escaping the German bombing of London
and of the country, carrying dozen of British children to Canada. She wanted to help these people
somehow and began thinking how to do it. So, she kept studying and learned
that radio-controlled torpedoes, could easily be jammed and set off course, and
thought of creating a frequency-hopping signal to prevent German submarines from jamming Allied radio signals. Hedy wanted to make both the transmitter and the receiver simultaneously jump from frequency to frequency, so that when someone tries to jam the signal, they would not track, intercept or read by the enemy.
Although, her invention was considered technologically difficult to implement at that time,
and the U.S. Navy was not receptive to considering inventions coming from
outside the military, An updated version was used on the US Navy ships during
the Cuban missile crisis in 1962, but the invention became the important basis
for what he have today such Wi-Fi, GPS and Bluetooth.
During her life, Hedy Lamarr, known as “Mother of Wi-fi” couldn’t feel comfortable for having a glamorous life in Hollywood, with lots of fame and money, while people were suffering in war. Hedy’s life brings an important message of fighting for what you believe, follow your dreams, innovate and help people in need.
Unfortunately she wasn’t
recognized for her invention until 1997 and during all that time, her patent was
taken by the USA and she ended up left-handed during all these years until her
death in 2000.
Ladies and gentleman, we are seeing another different side of Johnny. Johnny’s voice is lighter, melodic almost angelic; pretty different from his rock and roll with powerful vocals that we all know.
Every day we have a new surprise coming from this man.
This is a Song for Ms. Hedy Lamarr.
KEEP SINGING JOHNNY!!!
Last night (September 17), during the Jeff Beck gig in Kansas City, Johnny also sang his cover of the 1999 song “Hey Mr. Millionaire”, originally sang by the American blues rock band, ZZ Top.
Johnny’s choice for singing “Isolation” is also pretty interesting…
The song talks about John Lennon’s feelings of vulnerability, despite his fame and fortune at that time. He was feeling disillusioned with fame and where his life was heading, with the break-up of the Beatles, the attacks he and Yoko Ono were facing, as well as acute insecurity and self-doubt that led him to his addictions.
This kinda reminds us of what Johnny unfortunately is suffering on the present days. Johnny may have it all, but the feeling of sadness, vulnerability due to the constant backlash and attacks he is suffering, sometimes covers his happiness. This same meaning can be seen on the Hollywood Vampires’ song “Mr. Spider.
“People say we’ve got it made
Don’t they know we’re so afraid?
We’re afraid to be alone
Everybody got to have a home
Johnny gave a lot of surprises last night during Jeff Beck’s gig at
Uptown Theater in Kansas City. Johnny was one of the guests rocking with his guitar and also sang three songs, one of them a NEW SONG!