Hollywood Vampires review – riotous rock’n’droll

Genting Arena, Birmingham
Alice Cooper, Joe Perry and Johnny Depp join forces in rock’s oddest supergroup to deliver a heartfelt tribute to ‘dead, drunk friends’

The original Hollywood Vampires drinking club included the likes of John Lennon and Harry Nilsson. Today, the band of the same name are a curious supergroup fronted by Alice Cooper, Aerosmith’s Joe Perry and, er, Johnny Depp, playing what Cooper describes as “songs for our dead, drunk friends”. Sadly, the opening numbers exhume the corpse of the rather less mourned hair metal, but things improve as the evening settles into a riotous wake. Continue reading Hollywood Vampires review – riotous rock’n’droll

Johnny Depp, Alice Cooper and Joe Perry: backstage with the Hollywood Vampires

Johnny Depp never wanted to be an actor – the film star’s teenage dream was to make it big in a band. And now, with Alice Cooper and Aerosmith’s Joe Perry, he has. Will Hodgkinson meets the Hollywood Vampires

In the centre of Copenhagen on a balmy Saturday night, 20,000 people have crammed into the Tivoli Gardens for a concert by the Hollywood Vampires. The young crowd in this toffee-apple-bright, 19th-century amusement park are losing themselves to what is essentially a very good bar band, playing Break On Through (To the Other Side) by the Doors, Baba O’Riley by the Who, Ace of Spades by Motörhead … One classic after another from the golden age of rock. Continue reading Johnny Depp, Alice Cooper and Joe Perry: backstage with the Hollywood Vampires

Hollywood Vampires: ‘You’ve got to have ego to do what we do’

Alice Cooper, Johnny Depp and Joe Perry discuss addiction, rock-star excess, middle-age mellowing – and the mythical all-star drinking club that gave the band their name

In the early 70s, Alice Cooper helmed his own secret late-night drinking club. Based in an exclusive loft at Hollywood’s legendary Rainbow Bar and Grill, it provided boozy sanctuary to many fellow stars including Ringo Starr, John Belushi, John Lennon, Keith Moon, Keith Emerson, Harry Nilsson and Marc Bolan. Their all-night drinking sessions took place away from the prying eyes of the media and nagging managers. The staff at the Rainbow dubbed the crew the Hollywood Vampires. Continue reading Hollywood Vampires: ‘You’ve got to have ego to do what we do’

Joe Perry talks about performing with his friends, the Hollywood Vampires, and his solo album ‘Sweetzerland Mainfesto’

On January 19, 2018 Joe Perry released his latest solo album. Curiously entitled Sweetzerland Manifesto, the record is a hard rocking release featuring the once-coveted Terry Reid, who is best known for his “almost” moment making musical history as the front man of Led Zeppelin. He turned it down due to other commitments, but suggested Page use a vocalist by the name of Robert Plant. Reid’s collaborations read like a who’s who of some of rock ‘n’ roll’s greatest artists and once Joe Perry knew he was living nearby, he called him up to come sing on the record. Other vocals on the album include Gary Cherone (Extreme), David Johansen (New York Dolls) and Robin Zander (Cheap Trick).

It’s easily Joe Perry’s best solo album, even though it features two instrumentals out of ten altogether, which – let’s admit it – we usually tend to skip over in exchange for fiery, harder rocking tunes, or vocally powerful ballads. And it’s hard to say that, knowing that this was supposed to be an instrumental album. That said, the album has received critical praise from a number of publications. This may be Perry’s proudest moment of his life, partly because he worked on this album with two of his sons, Roman and Tony, but also because he has a new Hollywood Vampires in the works, one that features Alice Cooper on vocals. He will be touring again with the Hollywood Vampires from May 24 to July 25, 2018.

As if that wasn’t enough, he’s doing only three shows with “Joe Perry and Friends,” presumably to support the new album, first at the House of Blues in Boston on Wednesday, then coming to the Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom on Thursday and wrapping up in Altantic City on Friday. To say that he couldn’t be busier would be an understatement. But there is a sort of excitement – exhilaration even – in his voice. We talked with him this week in advance of the Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom show and here’s what he had to say.

Alright, what’s the story behind the title of your latest solo album, “Sweetzerland Manifesto?”  Continue reading Joe Perry talks about performing with his friends, the Hollywood Vampires, and his solo album ‘Sweetzerland Mainfesto’

Hollywood Vampires announce 2018 U.S. tour dates

Alice Cooper, Johnny Depp and Joe Perry all have plenty of other things to keep themselves busy, but they’re evidently having too much fun with their Hollywood Vampires project to let it end: The band will be back on the road for a slew of tour dates later this year.  Continue reading Hollywood Vampires announce 2018 U.S. tour dates