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Black Keys Rock Out With Johnny Depp at 2012 MTV Movie Awards, Plot New Cover Band

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The Black Keys were joined by a special guest for their performance at the 2012 MTV Movie Awards, as Johnny Depp traded guitar licks with frontman Dan Auerbach on ‘Gold On the Ceiling’ and ‘Lonely Boy.’

The Black Keys and Johnny Depp are two completely different entities usually, but for one night only, they became the three-headed monster (technically five-headed if you count the entire live band) known as Black Keys of the Caribbean. The MTV Movie Awards bestowed its Generation Award upon the popular actor and to celebrate, he rocked out a couple tracks with Akron, Ohio’s dynamic duo.

Steven Tyler and Joe Perry of Aerosmith tossed it over to Depp and the Keys, who then fired through a rousing rendition of ‘Gold on the Ceiling.’ Unlike his recent cameo with Marilyn Manson at the Revolver Golden Gods Awards, Depp’s bluesy riffage was actually audible this time around, adding a new dimension to the track.

After the performance, Tyler presented Depp with his Generation Award, with the Aerosmith singer spitting out an object that Depp joked was one of his teeth. The actor then gave a short acceptance speech before getting back to the impromptu jam session. Although most of America didn’t get to see the second performance, the group rocked out Black Keys’ popular single ‘Lonely Boy’ for their finale.

“Super normal, that’s a normal moment for us,” Auerbach joked to MTV after the performance. “Yeah that’s our normal lives, hanging out with rock stars and movie stars, you know. It was actually a little boring.” Drummer Patrick Carney added, “It was supposed to be us and Regis Philbin, but we rejected it.”

The ever-serious duo also revealed how they’ll follow the headline grabbing cameo, “Matthew McConaughey on bongos,” said Carney. “We’re going to start a T. Rex cover band with Johnny Depp and Matthew McConaughey as Mickey Finn.”

Watch The Black Keys and Johnny Depp Perform ‘Gold On the Ceiling’

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