Some reviews of Hollywood Vampires shows

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Hollywood Vampires a rockin’ club of musicians

Call it the ultimate of “cover” bands.

The Hollywood Vampires, the new mega-group starring macabre rocker Alice Cooper, Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry and actor Johnny Depp, is touring the country this summer with a playlist of rock hits largely made famous by bands from the 1970s.

The group performed its only Chicago-area concert Thursday at RiverEdge Park in Aurora.

If anyone is going to perform cover songs as the basis of a show, it should be done by the caliber of talents featured in this group.

The Hollywood Vampires put together a rich set list of iconic tunes and delivered them with high-spirited energy and dynamic showmanship.

Cooper took the helm on vocals on the majority of the songs while ruggedly smooth entertainer Depp and powerhouse rocker Perry performed on guitars.

The trio occasionally talked to the audience with Depp frequently tossing guitar picks to fans. Throughout the show, photographs of various musicians and artists whose tunes they covered flashed across the back screen.

Cooper also told audience members how the moniker Hollywood Vampires came to be. It was a name that referred to the club he and other iconic musicians were in vduring the ‘70s.

“It started as a drinking club in Los Angles at The Rainbow Room,” Cooper explained. It included famed musicians such as John Lennon, Keith Moon, Jimi Hendrix and others.

“They’re all gone, except for me,” Cooper said.

Among set list highlights were performances of David Bowie’s “Rebel, Rebel”; The Doors’ “Break On Through To The Other Side”; T. Rex’ “Bang A Gong (Get It On)”; and Led Zeppelin’s “Whole Lotta Love.”

They did stellar versions of The Beatles’ “Come Together,” Cooper’s “School’s Out” and the hands down top rocker of the night, Aerosmith’s “Sweet Emotion.”

By Eloise Valadez for nwitimes.com

Johnny Depp helps Alice Cooper’s Hollywood Vampires remember the dead

Some reviews of Hollywood Vampires shows

ATLANTIC CITY — Actor Johnny Depp led the Hollywood Vampires on stage but it was 68-year-old front man Alice Cooper who stole the show Sunday night at Borgata’s Event Center.

The rock supergroup, featuring Cooper, Depp and Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry, flawlessly rocked their way through a 21-song, 90-minute set in support of their self-titled debut album.

Cooper’s strong voice and stage theatrics were backed by the exceptional guitar playing of Perry, who showed off his style early on in the Jimi Hendrix cover “Manic Depression.”

Depp played wingman most of the night to Cooper’s vocals and Perry’s guitar. Any skills that he might have, other than a few guitar solos, were mostly lost in the mix of the six other musicians on stage.

Those musicians included Stone Temple Pilots bassist Robert DeLeo, drummer Matt Sorum (the Cult, Guns N’ Roses), guitarist Tommy Henriksen (Alice Cooper’s band) and pianist, percussionist and guitarist Bruce Witkin (Johnny Depp’s group the Kids).

“Hollywood Vampires started as a drinking club,” Cooper explained about halfway through the show. “All are dead except me.” He then dedicated the next song, “Dead Drunk Friends” to all of his drunk friends.

Cooper then traded in lead vocals for the harmonica in the Fleetwood Mac cover “Stop Messin’ Around.” Perry sang and shared guitar solos with Depp.

“I quit drinking whiskey,” said Cooper when remembering a conversation he had with Motorhead’s Lemmy Kilmister, who died in December. “I’m drinking vodka now.”

The band then rocked their way through a cover of Kilmisters’ “Ace of Spades.”

“Thank you New Jersey,” said Cooper as the band gathered together after playing “Sweet Emotion,” the last song of the set.

“If we did not do one of your favorite covers they probably aren’t dead yet.”

The band returned to the stage to close out the show with Tiny Bradshaw’s Train Kept a Rollin’ and Cooper’s “School’s Out,” which was arguably the fan favorite of the night.

But before leaving the stage, Cooper couldn’t help but tease the audience by saying, “I know some of you girls have been asking about Johnny’s room number.”

“It’s 20 something.”

THE SET LIST

  • Raise the Dead (original)
  • I Got a Line on You (Spirit cover)
  • Rebel Rebel (David Bowie cover)
  • Suffragette City (David Bowie cover)
  • Manic Depression (Jimi Hendrix)
  • Five to One/Break on Through (Doors cover)
  • As Bad as I am (original)
  • 20th Century Boy (T. Rex cover)
  • Bang a Gong (T Rex cover)
  • Come Together (The Beatles cover)
  • 7 and 7 Is (Arthur Lee, Love cover)
  • Whole Lotta Love (Led Zeppelin cover)
  • Dead Drunk Friends (original)
  • Stop Messin’ Around (Fleetwood Mac cover)
  • Ace of Spades (Motorhead cover)
  • Pinball Wizard (The Who cover)
  • My Generation (The Who cover)
  • I’m Eighteen (Alice Cooper cover)
  • Sweet Emotion (Aerosmith cover)

ENCORE

  • Train Kept a Rollin’ (Tiny Bradshaw cover)
  • School’s Out (Alice Cooper cover)

Hollywood Vampires will perform in the area next on Sunday July 10 at the Ford Amphitheater at Coney Island Boardwalk in Brooklyn, New York.

By Tim Hawk for NJ.com

Hollywood Vampires rock out at Rama

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Alice Cooper and Johnny Depp of the band Hollywood Vampires play Casino Rama Resort, July 8, 2016. (Peter Turchet Photography)

The trio formed the rock supergroup Hollywood Vampires last year and brought their act to Casino Rama, about two hours north of Toronto, on Friday night for the only Canadian date of their North American tour after playing across the pond in Europe .

Depp has shaved both sides of his head, let the top grow out, gone heavy on the black eyeliner and let his inner rock star take over.

The 53-year-old actor is playing guitar along with Cooper bandmate Tommy Henriksen while the band – named after Cooper’s ‘70s musicians drinking club The Hollywood Vampires – is rounded out by Stone Temple Pilots bassist Robert DeLeo, Guns N’ Roses and Velvet Revolver mighty drummer Matt Sorum, and keyboardist and longtime Depp pal Bruce Witkin.

“We’re the Hollywood Vampires paying tribute to our dead friends – this is one of them,” said Cooper, in his shock rocker eye makeup, black leather pants (and gloves) and welding a black cane before David Bowie’s Rebel Rebel and Suffragette City, the third and fourth songs of the night.

The Vampires released a debut album last year that’s heavy on classic rock covers plus three originals co-written by Depp, so their 95-minute set list also reflected that.

“This next song is dedicated to Johnny’s stepfather,” said Cooper of the original As Bad As I Am.

“He was a criminal,” added Depp.

“He would come home for Christmas and toast, ‘Johnny, as good as you are, as bad as I am,’” said Cooper.

Depp, who wandered the stage all night, often waving to fans who waved back, got to handle the solo on this song but Perry, decked out in head to toe black leather, did a lot of the heavy lifting on such standouts as Rebel Rebel, Jimi Hendrix Experience’s Manic Depression, T. Rex’s Bang a Gong, The Beatles’ Come Together, Love’s 7 and 7 Is, Led Zeppelin’s Whole Lotta Love (with Witkin on lead vocals and Cooper on harmonica), Motorhead’s Ace Of Spades, The Who’s My Generation (during which he destroyed his guitar at the very end), Cooper’s I’m Eighteen and Aerosmith’s Sweet Emotion.

There was an element of the sold-out crowd, on their feet from the get go, being starstruck at the mere presence of a movie star in their midst, but eventually they seemed to get used to the cigarello-smoking Depp being up there.

“I hope you’re having a good time,” said Depp, who got to flex his solo muscles again, along with Henriksen, on the blues numbers, Stop Messin’ Around with Perry taking over lead vocals, and on Cooper’s show ending School’s Out complete with balloons on stage.

In a sign of the times, concertgoers had to go through metal detectors to enter Rama’s Entertainment Centre – only the second time the venue has had to use them, meaning a slight delay of 20 minutes in the concert starting. (The first time was for Canadian comic Howie Mandel.)

There was also two pre-concert meet-and-greets backstage with the band members, one of whom – Cooper – was relaxing earlier in the day by going for a round of golf at Hawkridge.

One meet-and-greet was the usual organized for Rama players and the other was part of a $1,500 package to see the show.

SET LIST

  • Raise the Dead
  • I Got a Line on You
  • Rebel Rebel
  • Suffragette City
  • Manic Depression
  • Five to One / Break On Through (to the Other Side)
  • As Bad As I Am
  • 20th Century Boy
  • Bang a Gong (Get It On)
  • Come Together
  • 7 and 7 Is
  • Whole Lotta Love
  • My Dead Drunk Friends
  • Stop Messin’ Around
  • Ace of Spades
  • Pinball Wizard
  • My Generation
  • I’m Eighteen
  • Sweet Emotion

ENCORE:

  • Train Kept A-Rollin
  • School’s Out

By Jane Stevenson, POSTMEDIA NETWORK, Toronto Sun

ATLANTIC CITY — Actor Johnny Depp led the Hollywood Vampires on stage but it was 68-year-old front man Alice Cooper who stole the show Sunday night at Borgata’s Event Center.

The rock supergroup, featuring Cooper, Depp and Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry, flawlessly rocked their way through a 21-song, 90-minute set in support of their self-titled debut album.

Cooper’s strong voice and stage theatrics were backed by the exceptional guitar playing of Perry, who showed off his style early on in the Jimi Hendrix cover “Manic Depression.”

Depp played wingman most of the night to Cooper’s vocals and Perry’s guitar. Any skills that he might have, other than a few guitar solos, were mostly lost in the mix of the six other musicians on stage.

Those musicians included Stone Temple Pilots bassist Robert DeLeo, drummer Matt Sorum (the Cult, Guns N’ Roses), guitarist Tommy Henriksen (Alice Cooper’s band) and pianist, percussionist and guitarist Bruce Witkin (Johnny Depp’s group the Kids).

“Hollywood Vampires started as a drinking club,” Cooper explained about halfway through the show. “All are dead except me.” He then dedicated the next song, “Dead Drunk Friends” to all of his drunk friends.

Cooper then traded in lead vocals for the harmonica in the Fleetwood Mac cover “Stop Messin’ Around.” Perry sang and shared guitar solos with Depp.

“I quit drinking whiskey,” said Cooper when remembering a conversation he had with Motorhead’s Lemmy Kilmister, who died in December. “I’m drinking vodka now.”

The band then rocked their way through a cover of Kilmisters’ “Ace of Spades.”

“Thank you New Jersey,” said Cooper as the band gathered together after playing “Sweet Emotion,” the last song of the set.

“If we did not do one of your favorite covers they probably aren’t dead yet.”

The band returned to the stage to close out the show with Tiny Bradshaw’s Train Kept a Rollin’ and Cooper’s “School’s Out,” which was arguably the fan favorite of the night.

But before leaving the stage, Cooper couldn’t help but tease the audience by saying, “I know some of you girls have been asking about Johnny’s room number.”

“It’s 20 something.”

THE SET LIST

  • Raise the Dead (original)
  • I Got a Line on You (Spirit cover)
  • Rebel Rebel (David Bowie cover)
  • Suffragette City (David Bowie cover)
  • Manic Depression (Jimi Hendrix)
  • Five to One/Break on Through (Doors cover)
  • As Bad as I am (original)
  • 20th Century Boy (T. Rex cover)
  • Bang a Gong (T Rex cover)
  • Come Together (The Beatles cover)
  • 7 and 7 Is (Arthur Lee, Love cover)
  • Whole Lotta Love (Led Zeppelin cover)
  • Dead Drunk Friends (original)
  • Stop Messin’ Around (Fleetwood Mac cover)
  • Ace of Spades (Motorhead cover)
  • Pinball Wizard (The Who cover)
  • My Generation (The Who cover)
  • I’m Eighteen (Alice Cooper cover)
  • Sweet Emotion (Aerosmith cover)

ENCORE

  • Train Kept a Rollin’ (Tiny Bradshaw cover)
  • School’s Out (Alice Cooper cover)

Hollywood Vampires will perform in the area next on Sunday July 10 at the Ford Amphitheater at Coney Island Boardwalk in Brooklyn, New York.

By Tim Hawk for NJ.com

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