From Bat Country to Wine Country, a film star and two legendary musicians have joined forces to “resurrect rock n’ roll classics” under the name Hollywood Vampires.
How did this happen, you ask? The group of vampires first came to be when Johnny Depp, Alice Cooper and Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry got together to pay homage to their “Dead Drunk Friends” — a track name that belongs to a song off their self-titled album. Cooper and Perry, those kings of guyliner who are now in their mid-60s, hooked up with Depp to play music, and the three released a full record of ‘70s tunes.
The album has kick-ass guest artists like Dave Grohl and Paul McCartney. It mostly consists of cover songs like Led Zeppelin’s “Whole Lotta Love” and mash-ups like “School’s Out/Another Brick In The Wall” — which combines one of Cooper’s most popular tunes with a Pink Floyd classic — but the party didn’t stop at the recording studio. The vamps took their act out on the road as of early June. Unfortunately, Perry may not finish out the tour after collapsing backstage and being rushed to the hospital during the bands set in Coney Island, New York last week.
Though Perry’s attendance for the remainder of the shows is still up in the air, the rest of touring musicians might just make up for it. Among the list are Robert DeLeo of Stone Temple Pilots and Matt Sorum of Velvet Revolver.
Tour dates included arenas and festivals, but also some lesser-known venues. The strangest one? The Sonoma State University Green Music Center a large, beautiful venue located in sleepy college town Rohnert Park, usually reserved for. Depp won’t be the first film-star turned musician to play there, the venue also hosted House of Cards star Kevin Spacey singing to big band just last July.
The youngest of the three At 53, Depp has the least musical cred under his belt. With all the success he gained as a film star, it’s hard to remember Depp started out as a musician. He played in a band before he took on classic roles like Raoul Duke, the drug-obsessed reporter from the film Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.
During his teens, his band The Kids opened for big names like Iggy Pop, Talking Heads, and The Ramones. Throughout the years, he’s continued to play guitar. “Music will always be my first love,” Depp said in 2008 interview with Rolling Stone when The Kids got together for a reunion show.
While this unlikely alliance is a little weird and bound to be glam AF, if the loss of two music icons this year has shown us anything, it’s that is best to see music legends while we can because they aren’t getting any younger, and neither are you.
Green Music Center
July 22, 2016