“You’d think there’d be ego, but there hasn’t been one problem with ego in this whole thing,” singer says of all-star group
Hollywood Vampires – the supergroup featuring Alice Cooper, Johnny Depp and Joe Perry, among others – will be mounting an 18-date North American tour this summer, and that means one thing to the singer. “Apparently, Johnny’s not making any movies this summer,” he says with a big laugh. “I think he loves playing rock & roll more than he does making movies. He calls movies his day job.”
Ever since the group put out its raucous self-titled debut last year – a collection of cover songs by artists Cooper calls his “dead drunk friends” that made it into the Top 10 ofBillboard’s hard-rock chart – Hollywood Vampires have only given short glimpses into what they’re capable of live. They played a couple of star-studded gigs at Los Angeles’ Roxy Theatre and a date at Brazil’s mega-festival Rock in Rio, and they debuted a new original tune and paid tribute to Motörhead’s Lemmy Kilmister with a fiery performance at the Grammy Awards this past February. Now, with each of the musicians’ schedules somehow in alignment and the addition of Stone Temple Pilots’ Robert DeLeo replacing bassist Duff McKagan, they’re ready to take the show on the road. “This is a real band here,” Cooper says. “We actually tour and do shows, argue, do everything.” He laughs.
The singer and guitarist Joe Perry spoke to Rolling Stone in early April in anticipation of the tour, which kicks off in Verona, New York, on May 24th, to preview what fans should expect. Continue reading Alice Cooper, Joe Perry on Hollywood Vampires Tour: It’s About Fun
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.
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
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.
Alice Cooper, Joe Perry, Johnny Depp and Paul McCartney recording the Hollywood Vampires’ first album
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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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How two rock legends teamed with Johnny Depp to create an album that paid tribute to Cooper’s old drinking club
Alice Cooper and Joe Perry have every right to be jaded. Each has sold millions of records and chalked up hits over several decades. But their eyes still light up when they talk about the recent adventure they shared, recording with one of their childhood heroes.
“Paul McCartney just opened up an instrument case and there’s his Hofner, left-handed bass, the most famous guitar in the world,” Cooper says, grinning. “We were standing around it like Indiana Jones looking at it, like it’s got its own light source and our faces are melting over it.”
“I asked him a question about it, and he said, ‘Here it is. It’s OK. Pick it up,'” the Aerosmith guitarist beams. “I actually got a chance to hold it, and it was like the Holy Grail.”
“Paul says, ‘It’s just a piece of wood,’ and starts playing it and I said, ‘Holy crap!'” Cooper rejoins in his typically confident manner. “To us, that bass a symbol of how we started.”
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In what’s a cross between a tribute to departed musical friends and an ad hoc supergroup, Alice Cooper, Johnny Depp and Joe Perry have spent the last three years creating an album inspired by a crew of rock star drinking pals. Titled Hollywood Vampires, the recording slated for release on September 11th features Cooper, Depp and Perry along with a Who’s Who of guest singers and players: Perry Farrell, Dave Grohl, Sir Paul McCartney, Joe Walsh, Slash, Robbie Krieger, Zak Starkey, Brian Johnson and Kip Winger, to name some but hardly all. They offer takes on songs associated with their fallen pals and musical heroes sandwiched between new original tunes that explain the Hollywood Vampires legend.
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It almost sounds like I’m setting you up for a joke. Joe Perry and Paul McCartney meet up at a recording studio to drop some tracks with Alice Cooper’s Hollywood Vampires. Joe turns to McCartney and says…. Joe talks about it… Hollywood Vampires new album drops September 11th
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