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’

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’