Hollywood Vampires at The Warfield, by Kate Haley
Hollywood Vampires (photo: Kate Haley)

Words by Kate Haley

Hollywood Vampires raised the highly-punctual dead, whom took the stage precisely at 8pm, on Sunday night. The legends of those who rocked hard, drank hard, and died young in the 1970s were brought to the Warfield in carefully chosen covers and vintage photographs, most of which appeared to be Jim Marshall’s.

For those who aren’t familiar with the Hollywood Vampires, it was originally a celebrity drinking club with Alice Cooper at the helm formed in the 70s. Elton John, John Lennon, Ringo Starr, Keith Moon, and several others were known to be card-carrying members of the club. In 2015 Joe Perry (Aerosmith), Johnny Depp, and Alice Cooper resurrected the core band, turning out the self-titled 2015 release, Hollywood Vampires.

The Doors covers were obvious choices for the night and played very well with Cooper, the preacher’s kid, truly preaching the excess throughout. Joe Perry didn’t miss a beat, and it was fascinating to see this supergroup interact. It felt more sterile than I would have expected but it was, all and all, well-executed.

See the full set list here. It will be interesting to see how this band continues to morph as they continue to tour and release their new album, Rise, later this summer. Keep an eye out for future tour dates.