Hollywood Vampires first shows at Roxy

With the first mega-successful shows at The Roxy Theater, next door from the famous Hollywood Vampires’ liar Rainbow Bar and Grill, Alice Cooper, Joe Perry, Johnny Depp and their friends are heading to the Rock in Rio,  Brazil. Here are some pictures, videos and reviews of the Roxy shows:

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Joe Perry of Aerosmith and Alice Cooper Talk About the Hollywood Vampires

You don’t get more “Wayne’s World” than sitting in front of Joe Perry of Aerosmith and Alice Cooper and asking them questions; it was a very “we’re not worthy” moment. But like Wayne, Garth, and this writer, the two legends remain big fans of rock music themselves, and that’s what led to their creation of their new band, the Hollywood Vampires, which sees them covering Led Zeppelin, the Who and Pink Floyd, among others. In the studio, they’re joined by a rotating cast of musicians including Paul McCartney, Zak Starkey, Dave Grohl and Joe Walsh, Slash and AC/DC‘s Brian Johnson. Their self-titled debut is out now. When they play their three scheduled live shows (September 16 and 17 at the Roxy in Los Angeles, September 24 at Rock in Rio), they’ll be joined by Duff McKagan on bass and Matt Sorum drums.

Besides Perry and Cooper, the band’s other permanent members is Johnny Depp, the former guitarist in ’80s L.A. band the Kids; he apparently went on to an acting career of some note. Mr. Depp was unable to make the interview, unfortunately.

But Cooper and Perry (who arrived a few minutes late) were both extremely charged up to talk about their new project, which seems like a nice break from their respective day jobs.

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Johnny Depp’s Rock Supergroup: Alice Cooper and Joe Perry on Hollywood Vampires

Hollywood Vampires is a group of rock legends—with Johnny Depp on guitar—that pay tribute to their fallen hard-partying friends through rock ’n’ roll.

We’re doing a Pink Floyd song today that I don’t know at all, ‘Welcome to the Machine,’” Alice Cooper tells me almost immediately after we say hello, with a hint of fear in his voice. “They’re doing some kind of a tribute album and they said, ‘We want you to do this song,’ and I’m thinking, ‘The timing on these lyrics is so wacky and the melody line just kind of lays there,’ and the more I listened to it the more worried I got. So this is going to be a nightmare today.”

When I tell Cooper that it took Pink Floyd friend Roy Harper to nail the vocal he’s instantly relieved. “Oh, good! Honestly that makes me feel better,” Cooper says, loosening up visibly. “Now I can walk in and feel OK. I have so little ammunition.”

Cooper is in New York with Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry to promote their new album, Hollywood Vampires, named for the legendary mid-’70s Los Angeles nightly drinking club that included Cooper, John Lennon, Keith Moon, Bernie Taupin, Harry Nilsson, and “just about anyone who was in town who could seriously drink,” according to Cooper. The album is made up of a fistful of song covers, many completely reimagined by some of the original Hollywood Vampires, as well as two original songs by Cooper that pay a more personal tribute.

Paul McCartney leads the Vampires in a rousing rendition of “Come and Get It,” the peerless tune he gave away to Badfinger for the band’s first hit, and fellow Vampire Johnny Depp plays scorching guitar throughout.  Continue reading Johnny Depp’s Rock Supergroup: Alice Cooper and Joe Perry on Hollywood Vampires

Hollywood Vampires: Album Review

Alice Cooper‘s well-known focus of the macabre and embrace of the death stench that seemed to surround rock ‘n’ roll in the early ’70s inevitably led him to the Hollywood Vampires, an all-star project that makes a furious attempt at resurrecting “dead drunk friends” – or at least the debauched ethos that once surrounded their music.

Dominated by edgy updates of songs by long-gone figures like Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison and John Lennon, Hollywood Vampires’ self-titled debut album isn’t the melancholy dirge it might have been under someone else’s tutelage. There’s nothing here as delirious as the tales of Cooper’s long-ago, booze-soaked escapades with Lennon, Keith Moon, Micky Dolenz, Harry Nilsson and others — or at least nothing here feels too much like a celebration.

Instead, from the first fog-enshrouded recitation by late horror legend Christopher Lee through two gloriously grim originals and string of covers, the Hollywood Vampires push back with bleak humor and fizzy anger against the dying of the light. Along the way, the album achieves – like the best of Cooper’s work – a brilliant, brooding dissonance.

The core members of Cooper’s new Hollywood Vampires lineup – focused in the modern era on songcraft, rather than carousing – include Johnny Depp and Joe Perry. Depp, who had an early music career before becoming an actor, first worked with Cooper on the movie Dark Shadows, where they discovered a shared passion for British Invasion-era music and, as this album makes abundantly clear, a dark view of things.

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Alice Cooper and Joe Perry Dish on Drugs, Brushes With Death and Paying Tribute to ‘Dead, Drunk Friends’ With The Hollywood Vampires

Alice Cooper and Aerosmith’s Joe Perry team up with Johnny Depp for an album (out Sept. 11) as The Hollywood Vampires to “pay tribute to our dead, drunk friends”

Alice Cooper, sitting next to Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry in a Manhattan hotel room, squirts a liquid up his nose — but it’s only saline solution, so he can breathe better.

Cooper, 67, and Perry, 64, are discussing Hollywood Vampires, their band with Johnny Depp, 52. The three collaborated with guests including Dave Grohl and Paul McCartney on a self-titled, death-themed album (out Sept. 11 on Universal) that mixes covers of rock warhorses such as “Whole Lotta Love” and “Cold Turkey” with two good tongue-in-cheek originals, “Raise the Dead” and “Dead Drunk Friends.” (All artist proceeds will be donated to MusiCares.) Cooper and Perry explain their fascinations with mortality and why they find it funny.

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Alice Cooper & Joe Perry interview: Hollywood Vampires

Rock and roll has long been considered a boys’ club. But for a while in the early 1970s, there really was a rock and roll boys’ club on the Sunset Strip. This motley crew of musicians who were in bad need of a drink were known as the Hollywood Vampires, and met upstairs at the Rainbow Bar and Grill. The group included Harry Nilsson, John Lennon, Keith Moon, Ringo Starr and many others. Original “member” Alice Cooper, Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry, and actor Johnny Depp have joined together to tip their hats to this unlikely footnote in rock history; this week their record The Hollywood Vampires hits stores, featuring covers of classic rock songs like “School’s Out,” “My Generation,” “Manic Depression,” and more. Cooper and Perry visit the Soundcheck studio to talk about the collaboration.

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Alice Cooper & Joe Perry Breathe New Life to Hollywood Vampires

On a steamy August morning, I sprinted faster than Arnold Schwarzenegger in The Running Man to get to my planned destination on time. Since my train came in a few minutes late, I was determined to arrive there and not miss out on an obvious “pinch me” moment. I got there with a few minutes to spare but was a sweaty mess. As I took the elevator up to the New York City hotel suite, I tried to air dry but it was too late. My shirt was soaked, and sweat dripped down the back of my neck like a Nixon/Kennedy debate. Upon arriving, I darted into the bathroom to cool down and “freshen” up. While in there, I heard name drops from the two music icons I was about to sit down and have a chat with: Jimi Hendrix, John Lennon and Keith Moon.

As I got myself looking reasonable (I snagged my intern’s black cardigan to hide the stains), I approached the couch to find Alice Cooper and Joe Perry continuing to trade stories. After giving the pair the firm handshake they deserve, I plowed right in – albeit with sweat pouring down my neck like Nixon at a Kennedy debate. This backstory is irrelevant to most, but paints a picture for those that didn’t just rush to the embeds below.

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