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

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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