“Johnny Depp was the worst guitarist I'd ever seen”: The moment the man who discovered Mötley Crüe and Guns N' Roses knew Depp wasn't meant to be a rock star

Johnny Depp playing guitar on stage
(Image credit: Jim Dyson / Getty Images)

Johnny Depp needs no introduction. However, it wasn't always like that, especially when he was pursuing a music career. But, according to Tom Zutaut – the man who signed Guns N' Roses and Mötley Crüe – he did have star quality.

“For the most part, there's just a certain kind of energy,” explains Zutaut in an interview on the x5 Podcast. “I mean, I discovered Johnny Depp... I thought that Johnny Depp isn't going to be a rock star.”

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Janelle Borg

Janelle is a staff writer at GuitarWorld.com. After a long stint in classical music, Janelle discovered the joys of playing guitar in dingy venues at the age of 13 and has never looked back. Janelle has written extensively about the intersection of music and technology, and how this is shaping the future of the music industry. She also had the pleasure of interviewing Dream Wife, K.Flay, Yīn Yīn, and Black Honey, among others. When she's not writing, you'll find her creating layers of delicious audio lasagna with her art-rock/psych-punk band ĠENN.