Johnny Depp, Alice Cooper and Joe Perry were electric on stage in Birmingham. They promised they were going to “blow people away” when they announced their world tour in February.
And a supergroup concert starring international sex symbol Johnny Depp, Alice Cooper and Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry was never going to be a quite affair.
It was edgy, electric, exciting – uplifting – and amazing.
A highlight was Depp’s rendition of David Bowie’s Heroes, his rasping voice delivering the lyrics with sincerity, intensity – and coolness.
The Genting Arena was thundering with noise and atmosphere – just to welcome the trio of rock and Hollywood royalty onto the stage for the opening night of their short UK tour.
Crowds had travelled from around the world to see the superstars, with some paying £1,000 a time for a personal photo opportunity with their heroes.
Concerns were raised for Depp earlier in the tour after he was pictured in St Petersburg – with some saying he looked pale and unwell with his hair covered by a large baseball cap.
He looked good on Saturday night wearing a baseball cap and lots of bling.
The hellraisers rock up 192 years between them – with Depp being the youngest at 55 year-old.
But that did not stop them from delivering an truly impressive performance of their own songs – My Dead Drunk Friends and Raise the Dead – along with the celebrated covers of their heroes, including Break on Through from The Doors and the Ace of Spades from Motorhead,
If you don’t know already, the band was formed to honour the rock stars who died from excess in the 1970s.
You got to join the original Hollywood Vampires by out drinking all the others, upstairs at the Rainbow Bar & Grill on the Sunset Strip.
Apparently today’s Hollywood Vampires have ditched the drinking. And fair play to them for carrying on the tradition of those hedonistic days through music.
The supergroup’s album featured guest appearances by Paul McCartney, Dave Grohl and Slash, among others.
The Genting Arena’s line up included musicians from Cooper’s own band and Aerosmith and Ozzy Osbourne sidemen.
Big names have appeared at Vampire’s gigs unannounced and Ian Hunter was in town to join the trio singing another Bowie track All The Young Dudes.
With knock out performances by The Darkness and The Damned kicking the night off, Birmingham was blessed with a night of rock royalty like no other.
I Want My Now
Raise The Dead
I Got A Line On You
7 and 7 Is
My Dead Drunk Friends
Five to One/Break On Through (to the Other Side)
The Jack (AC/DC cover)
Ace of Spades
As Bad As I Am
The Boogieman Surprise
People Who Died
All The Young Dudes
Train Keep A Rollin
School’s Out (with Another Brick in the Wall)