Hollywood Vampires Supergroup to Headline Wisconsin’s Rock Fest in July

Hollywood Vampires, the hard-rock supergroup featuring Alice Cooper, Aerosmith’s Joe Perry and actor Johnny Depp, have confirmed their first U.S. concert of the year, a headlining performance at the 2016 Rock Fest in Cadott, Wisconsin. The festival is scheduled for July 14-16, although the exact date of Hollywood Vampires’ performance hasn’t been revealed yet.

Other artists on the bill include Alice in Chains, Slipknot, Marilyn Manson, Queensryche, Scott Stapp, Five Finger Death Punch, Breaking Benjamin, Kix, Skillet and Bullet for My Valentine, among many others. Visit Rock-Fest.com for the full lineup and ticket info.

Meanwhile, Hollywood Vampires have revealed official details about the deluxe digital version of their 2015 self-titled debut album that will be released on Friday, February 12. The expanded collection will feature three bonus tracks — covers of The Who’s “I’m a Boy” and Love’s “7 and 7 Is,” and the original song “Bad as I Am,” which was co-written by The deluxe version includes the scorching new single “Bad As I Am” an original song penned by Depp, Cooper guitarist Tommy Henriksen and Johnny’s longtime collaborator Bruce Witkin.

As previously reported, the Hollywood Vampires album was an all-star project Cooper co-organized as a tribute to various now-dead rock stars who he used to drink with in Los Angeles early in his career. The record is made up mostly of classic cover tunes and features contributions from a jaw-dropping lineup of musicians that, in addition to Cooper, Perry and Depp, include Paul McCartney, AC/DC’s Brian Johnson, Joe Walsh, Slash, The Doors’ Robby Krieger, Dave Grohl and Perry Farrell.

Hollywood Vampires will make their TV debut at the 58th annual Grammy Awards ceremony, which airs February 15 on CBS. The band will feature a lineup that includes Cooper, Perry, Depp, Henriksen, Witkin and Guns N’ Roses alums Duff McKagan and Matt Sorum, and reportedly will pay tribute to late Motorhead frontman Lemmy Kilmister.

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HOLLYWOOD VAMPIRES PLAN LEMMY GRAMMY TRIBUTE

Alice Cooper, Joe Perry and Johnny Depp will perform a Motorhead track at ceremony on February 15 Hollywood Vampires say they’ll pay tribute to Lemmy at next week’s Grammy Awards.

The event will take place at the Staples Center, Los Angeles, on February 15. And the band featuring Alice Cooper, Joe Perry and Johnny Depp, say they’ll perform a Motorhead track in honour of the late rock icon, who died on December 28 aged 70.

Cooper tells Rolling Stone: “We started this band as a means to toast our ‘dead drunk friends’ at the Rainbow, all the ghosts in the bar, and now I guess Lemmy is involved in that, too.

“He was one of those salt-of-the-earth guys. Find me somebody who didn’t love Lemmy. He’s just one of those guys that’s impossible not to like.”

The band have yet to decide what Motorhead track to play on the night, but Cooper says Ace Of Spades could be in the running – although he’s unsure if he’d copy Lemmy’s distinctive vocals.

Cooper adds: “I might do it more Alice Cooper style, but it would still have to have that growl – that guttural voice to make it work. I can’t picture Creedence Clearwater doing that song.”

Hollywood Vampires will also perform Bad As I Am at the bash – a bonus track which features on the deluxe edition on their 2015 self-titled debut. It’s out on February 12 and is available for pre-order.

Cooper will head out on a tour with his solo band for a run of dates across North America in April and May. Continue reading HOLLYWOOD VAMPIRES PLAN LEMMY GRAMMY TRIBUTE

NUMBER 71 – From What I’ve Seen, If You Have the Money, You don’t Need the Character…”

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And all that you do is nothing,
except an empty shoe

Close call between this one and “Crash”.

But I think “Crash” was a little bit too dark. Maybe even a little bit to relatable.

And for this book “Baby Please Don’t Go” was close to losing its spot to this one, but Fuckin’ A, if that one didn’t hit the spot!

Then I thought “Avant Garden” for number 72, such a cool song, but the only garden I have, nothing ever grows… I guess that makes sense

But this one… this one stays for another year. Especially with the reference of a garden that doesn’t grow! Futile desires and dreams. Idealism and ideals that is nothing more than someone else’s predetermined plan. Continue reading NUMBER 71 – From What I’ve Seen, If You Have the Money, You don’t Need the Character…”

Joe Perry on the future of music at CES 2016

Music was a huge part of CES 2016 in Las Vegas last week, where some of the most cutting-edge headphones, speakers and sound equipment were on display. What’s Trending got the chance to talk to Aerosmith lead guitarist Joe Perry as he checked out the latest technology at the Monster Booth. Continue reading Joe Perry on the future of music at CES 2016

Joe Perry approves of boxer Tyson Fury singing ‘I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing’ after title victory

While most of us were still making our way out of a Thanksgiving food coma this past Saturday, boxer Tyson Fury was making history by defeating longtime championWladimir Klitschko in Dusseldorf, Germany, to take the Ring, WBA, IBF, IBO and WBO heavyweight titles by unanimous decision. The win itself was shocking enough; Klitschko had been champ for nine years and hadn’t lost a fight in 11, but what Fury did afterward is what had everyone talking.

Following the obligatory kudos to Jesus, an emotional dedication to his late Uncle Hughie, and offering apologies to both Kiltschko and boxer-turned-boxing-commentator Lennox Lewis for his verbal grandstanding in the months leading up to the fight, Fury took the mic and delivered on a pre-match proclamation that he would sing a song if he won, which has become something of a post-fight tradition for the undefeated (25-0 with 18 KOs) Brit. And what song did he choose? The Diane Warren-penned ballad which Aerosmith recorded for the sappy 1998 film Armageddon, of course.

“I promised everybody I’d sing a song after this fight,” Fury began. “So this is to my UK fans, my Irish fans, my American fans and my new German fans; and most of all, this is a dedication to me wife.”

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Legendary Hollywood Vampires Partner With Epic Rights and Global Merchandising Services

WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif., Nov. 10, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — During the 1970s in the upstairs bar of the Rainbow Bar & Grill on the Sunset Strip in Hollywood, the Hollywood Vampires were born.  It was a gathering place where celebrated artists such as John Lennon, Keith Moon, Jim Morrison, Alice Cooper, Harry Nilsson and countless others would meet and drink into the early morning hours, and the club became legendary.

Three years ago, Hollywood Vampires founding member Alice Cooper and his good friend Johnny Depp decided the time was right to revive the camaraderie and spirit that defined Hollywood Vampires (minus the drinking), creating an environment for great artists to hang, laugh and play together. Cooper and Depp were joined by Aerosmith’s Joe Perry, along with producer Bob Ezrin, and soon the recording began.  The new albumHollywood Vampires, was released on September 11th, followed by two live performances at The Roxy in Hollywood and an international appearance at “Rock in Rio” in Brazil.

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Joe Perry shares his no frills, all thrills approach to touring

We spoke to the rock legend about how the band keeps things fresh after all these years.

Most bands don’t make it past the 10-year mark—and even if they do, they rarely hold onto all their original members for the duration. But Aerosmith are not most bands. With more than four decades of history under their collective belt, Steven Tyler, Joe Perry, Brad Whitford, Tom Hamilton, and Joey Kramer have overcome struggles—like management disputes, rehab stints, and injuries—and grown their live show into a thunderous, big-production event. Nowadays, Aerosmith’s members split their time between personal projects (Tyler’s currently prepping a country album) and playing live, where their ability to captivate an audience is earning them a whole new legion of fans.

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Joe Perry Is Working on an Instrumental Solo Album

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It looks like Joe Perry‘s next solo project will truly let the music do the talking.

The Aerosmith guitarist has started teasing his next album on Twitter, explaining that now that he’s cleared his promotional obligations for his Rocks memoir off the calendar — as well as the band’s most recent tour — he’s been able to get down to work on what will be his fifth solo effort, which he’s decided will be a largely instrumental affair.

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Hollywood Vampires Rise from the Dead (The Interview)

Forget today’s rock and roll hell-raisers, there was some real dastardly rock and roll debauchery happening in Hollywood in the mid ‘70s with a little-known bunch of music hooligans called “The Hollywood Vampires” who used Hollywood’s Rainbow Bar & Grill as their club house.

This ad hoc assemblage included president Alice Cooper, Vice President Keith Moon, and treasurer Bernie Taupin along with the likes of John Lennon, Harry Nilsson and the MonkeesMicky Dolenz, among others. And while many of the key Vampires have passed on, Alice Cooper has brought them back from the dead in a new musical conglomeration not surprisingly dubbed The Hollywood Vampires.

And while those booze-guzzling days of yore are long gone, the spitfire attitude and revelry still endures in this new project. Joining Alice in the revived Hollywood Vampires are famed Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry and Johnny Depp, actor by day, occasional rock by night. Produced by Bob Ezrin (Alice Cooper/KISS/Pink Floyd) the album features two new originals, All My Dead Drunk Friends and Raise the Dead alongside revved-up machine gun slammin’ reinventions of ‘70s classics from Vampire brethren, John Lennon, Harry Nilsson, the Who, T.Rex, the Doors, Led Zeppelin and others.

A dazzling array of special guests abound with the likes of Paul McCartney, AC/DC’s Brian Johnson, Slash, Dave Grohl and Robby Krieger of the Doors joining in on the festivities.

Enjoy our chat with Alice Cooper and Joe Perry about this fun new venture. Continue reading Hollywood Vampires Rise from the Dead (The Interview)