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

Joe Perry. Michael Davis photo | Syracuse New Times

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

Johnny Depp. Michael Davis photo | Syracuse New Times

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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How Good a Guitarist Is Johnny Depp? Joe Perry Asked Him for Lessons

Johnny Depp may be known chiefly as an actor, but don’t underestimate his guitar skills. Joe Perry was so impressed by Depp’s playing that he asked him for guitar lessons, says Alice Cooper.

Cooper, who performs with Perry and Depp in the group Hollywood Vampires, tells EonMusic that Depp’s guitar knowledge is deep.

“Johnny is one of these guys that just loves that era, and he’s a killer guitar player,” Cooper says.

“There’s a movie called Chocolat and he plays this gypsy guitar player. He does all this Django Reinhardt stuff—and it’s really him. It’s not somebody playing for him.

“Joe Perry heard that, and he called up and said, ‘Can I get guitar lessons from you?’ So that’s how good Johnny is.”

Depp does indeed play guitar in the 2000 movie, and performs on two songs on the movie soundtrack album, including “Minor Swing,” heard below.
Hollywood Vampires released their self-titled debut album last year. They’ll be playing dates in North America and Europe in the coming months.

Cooper, meanwhile, is recording with the members of his original Seventies-era band.

By  Christopher Scapelliti for Guitar Player