Hollywood Vampires band together for fan

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From left, Alice Cooper, Joe Perry and Johnny Depp visit with fan Amanda from Chicopee before their show at Foxwoods.

Amber Heard may say her soon-to-be ex-hubby, Johnny Depp, is nasty and abusive, but don’t tell that to a fan from Chicopee who had a heartwarming encounter with the Hollywood heavy and his band this past weekend.

The fan, identified only as Amanda, bought tickets to see Depp and his Hollywood Vampires bandmates Alice Cooper and Aerosmith ax man Joe Perry — before an accident that left her paralyzed from the neck down.

Because Amanda was unable to attend the concert on her own, her hometown donated an ambulance to transport her to Foxwoods for the show. When she arrived, Amanda was greeted by Depp, Cooper and Perry, who visited with her in the ambulance, then escorted her to the side of the stage, where she and her family watched the show. Continue reading Hollywood Vampires band together for fan

Joe Perry talks Hollywood Vampires, Aerosmith’s final tour and more

Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry is nowhere near ready to drive a stake into Hollywood Vampires. Far from it.

The rock supergroup, which sees the 65-year-old Perry playing guitar alongside actor-musician Johnny Depp and lead singer Alice Cooper, released an album last year and performed a tribute to Motorhead’s Lemmy at this year’s Grammys.

“We’re all friends and we’ve all paid our dues,” said Perry. “It’s like in some ways, like being a baby band even though we’ve been doing this our whole lives. It’s been a lot of fun I have to say. It’s been really exciting all around. I count myself lucky to be part of this tour, we’ll see what happens.”  Continue reading Joe Perry talks Hollywood Vampires, Aerosmith’s final tour and more

Joe Perry Talks Bandmate Johnny Depp’s Divorce Allegations & Aerosmith’s Final Tour

Johnny Depp, Joe Perry and Alice Cooper of Hollywood Vampires attend The 58th Grammy Awards at Staples Center on Feb. 15, 2016 in Los Angeles.
Aerosmith’s Joe Perry has experienced his share of controversy over the years. So he’s taking a posture of quiet empathy as fellow Hollywood Vampires principal Johnny Depp continues to deny abuse accusations from Amber Heard, with whom he’s in the middle of an acrimonious divorce. Continue reading Joe Perry Talks Bandmate Johnny Depp’s Divorce Allegations & Aerosmith’s Final Tour

REVIEW: Hollywood Vampires at Sands Bethlehem Event Center are more alive than ever

The Hollywood Vampires perform Friday at Sands Bethlehem Event Center.

Perhaps the group – fronted by seminal shock-rocker Alice Cooper, Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry and actor Johnny Depp – since those shows has done a lot of rehearsing.

Because its concert Friday at Sands Bethlehem Event Center to kickoff its first formal U.S. tour was something else altogether: A polished and surprisingly strong, rollicking good rock band.

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Joe Perry: Working with Alice Cooper is like ‘going on vacation’

Back in the mad, bad 1970s, the Hollywood Vampires were a loosely knit, deeply booze-soaked rock-celebrity drinking club formed by Alice Cooper. Based around West Hollywood’s Rainbow Grill, Cooper held court regularly with fellow drunkards Ringo Starr and Keith Moon, with the likes of John Lennon and John Belushi chiming in.

While most of his old Vampire pals and influences are no longer in the living world, Cooper dried out, stayed sober and hooked up with Joe Perry (Aerosmith), actor/guitarist Johnny Depp and Matt Sorum (Guns N’ Roses), for a new edition of Hollywood Vampires.

Yes, they released an eponymous, big hard rock album of originals and classics, and start their tour this week in Bethlehem, PA. They just have to contend with Depp’s marriage to Amber Heard falling apart under controversial charges of abuse. Joe Perry takes it all in stride. Continue reading Joe Perry: Working with Alice Cooper is like ‘going on vacation’

Hollywood Vampires performing in Stockholm (photo and video)

Fan-filmed video footage of HOLLYWOOD VAMPIRES, the supergroup featuring international film star and musician Johnny Depp alongside Alice Cooper and AEROSMITH’s Joe Perry, performing earlier tonight (Monday, May 30) at Gröna Lund in Stockholm, Sweden can be seen below. Continue reading Hollywood Vampires performing in Stockholm (photo and video)

Vampires Don’t Suck

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The Hollywood Vampires haunt the Turning Stone Casino.

HOLLYWOOD VAMPIRES, Turning Stone

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Cynics may scoff that rock supergroups featuring musical icons in the (ahem) autumn of their years are just in it for one last cash grab. Yet for everyone else, these blockbuster ensembles also provide seasoned performers who are still at the top of their games, as evidenced by the cheering sellout crowd who embraced the Hollywood Vampires during their May 24 gig at the Turning Stone Resort and Casino’s Events Center.

The Vampires outfit is a to-die-for merging of eclectic talents (Alice Cooper, Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry and actor Johnny Depp) paying tribute to songs from their dead colleagues. As the 100-minute, 20-plus-song Verona concert suggested, that set list will only get longer with time. David Bowie, new to this year’s rock’n’roll deadpool, was saluted with the double-barreled dose of “Rebel Rebel” and “Suffragette City,” performed with dynamic zest by the seven-member unit.

A mini-tribute to The Who, which featured “Pinball Wizard” and Cooper stuttering through “My Generation,” also featured a guitar-smashing interlude. Tracks by John Lennon, Jimi Hendrix and The Doors’ Jim Morrison also found their way onto the Vampires’ set of propulsive covers.

HOLLYWOOD VAMPIRES, Turning Stone

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The Vampires were at the Turning Stone for several nights of rehearsal (and surely a few days on the resort’s links for inveterate golfer Cooper), and the practice made for a perfect evening of precise rocking. Guns N’ Roses drummer Matt Sorum maintained a ferocious backbeat throughout the selection of deep album cuts, while Perry cut loose with the solo guitar antics of “Stop Messin’ Around.”

Depp, who starred in director John Waters’ juvie-movie spoof Cry Baby, certainly looked the part of a rock star since he had the best hair in the group. With his tattooed forearms on display, Depp competently performed on his Duesenberg electric guitar, although he mumbled like Marlon Brando in his prime whenever he took to the microphone.

And it would be impossible to find a more appropriate leader for this retro rock ride than Alice Cooper, whose Grand Guignol cavalcade has been going strong for more than 40 years. While it’s somewhat unusual to see Cooper sans his usual terror tropes, such as ghoulish makeup and guillotines (plus he wore a poofy Seinfeld shirt that made him resemble a blood-spattered bridegroom), he was nevertheless in fine voice throughout the night while also tossing in a few one-liners between the songs. Cooper’s tongue-in-cheek showmanship is tailor-made for the Hollywood Vampires’ evening of larkish entertainment.

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