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’
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
The Hollywood Vampires will make their late-night debut Monday, the band announced Thursday. Continue reading The Hollywood Vampires to make late-night debut
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
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’