Alice Cooper Breaks Silence on Joe Perry Collapse

“He told me the night before he hadn’t eaten in two days,” singer says

Alice Cooper explains what happened to Joe Perry when the guitarist collapsed onstage.

Alice Cooper vividly remembers the shock he felt when he learned that Joe Perry had collapsed onstage mid-song during a Hollywood Vampires concert in Brooklyn. “It scared the hell out of me,” he tells Rolling Stone. “The lyrics to [‘Raise the Dead’], the first song we played that night, go, ‘Cardiac, heart attack … they never feared the reaper,’ and I look around the stage and he’s gone. He was lying behind an amp on his back, and I went, ‘Oh, my God.’ We didn’t know what happened until after the show.” Continue reading Alice Cooper Breaks Silence on Joe Perry Collapse

Joe Perry Returns to Hollywood Vampires Tour: Watch the Band Play ‘Come Together’

Joe Perry is back on tour with the Hollywood Vampires. Although Steven Tyler was “really concerned” about his Aerosmith bandmate after Perry collapsed at a Hollywood Vampires show in Brooklyn and was hospitalized on July 10, it appears the guitarist is ready to rock again.

Joe Perry ‘Stable’ After Health Scare During Hollywood Vampires Concert

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Some reviews of Hollywood Vampires shows

Hollywood Vampires a rockin’ club of musicians

Call it the ultimate of “cover” bands.

The Hollywood Vampires, the new mega-group starring macabre rocker Alice Cooper, Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry and actor Johnny Depp, is touring the country this summer with a playlist of rock hits largely made famous by bands from the 1970s.

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 Listen to my conversation with Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry about his side project with Hollywood Vampires, his feelings about Aerosmith and Steven Tyler and much more.

Hollywood Vampires coming to Soaring Eagle July 13

Hall of fame songwriter Joe Perry, with Aerosmith bandmate Steven Tyler, wrote hit rock song after hit rock song.

But, during a recent interview with the Daily News, Perry had plenty of nice things to say for a fellow songwriter — a man best known for his talents on screen whether he is playing an aloof pirate or a pale, misunderstood monster.

“Johnny wrote one of the best songs on the record — and one of the best classic rock songs I’ve heard in a long time,” Perry said. Continue reading Hollywood Vampires coming to Soaring Eagle July 13

The good kind of vampires: 3 things to know about Johnny Depp’s band

There’s nothing new about actors taking a stab at music careers. It worked for Tab Hunter in the ’50s and more recently for Jared Leto and his band Thirty Seconds to Mars. You can add Johnny Depp’s name to that list with Hollywood Vampires, performing at Fraze Pavilion in Kettering on Tuesday, July 12.

Joe Perry of Aerosmith was in Los Angeles recently when he answered some questions about Hollywood Vampires, which features Alice Cooper and Depp, who played in rock bands before his acting career exploded in the early 1990s.

Q: How did you get involved with this group?

A: “We all know each other from different places going way back but this all just happened step by step. Johnny was doing the ‘Dark Shadows’ movie and they put Alice in a part. Johnny and Alice sat down and started plinking on guitars and they wrote a bunch of songs. When they came back and started recording, I was living about 20 yards from the studio so that worked out really well. Doing this wasn’t much of a jump for me and Alice but it was for Johnny and he’s loving it. He’s the first one to tell you acting is his day job but he’s a musician first.”

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Hollywood Vampires guitarist Joe Perry expresses his ‘Buffalove’

It might seem a bit gruesome at first blush, this idea of paying tribute to the dead rock stars who once populated Hollywood’s dens of iniquity as hardcore denizens of the dark. But when legendary Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry, erstwhile actor Johnny Depp, and the progenitor of shock rock Alice Cooper teamed up as Hollywood Vampires last year, the mood became far more celebratory than somber.

The Vampires picked their favorite tunes by deceased rock icons, many of whom had been friends – or at least, drinking buddies – back in the day, called a bunch of friends to round out the rhythm section, pulled in a few superstar cameos – some guy named McCartney was one of them – and tracked a glittering hard rock debut.

Jeff Miers spoke to Perry by phone a few weeks back, just as rehearsals for the tour were commencing. Here’s how it went.

Q: Playing the most recent Grammys last February with Hollywood Vampires felt, from the fan’s-eye view, like a victory for guitar-based rock ’n’ roll. We don’t hear much of that at awards shows these days. It cleared the air. How did it feel from your side of the stage?

A: It felt like you described it. Loud and raunchy and really energetic. How much more fun can you have than playing music you believe in with your friends? Continue reading Hollywood Vampires guitarist Joe Perry expresses his ‘Buffalove’