Hollywood Vampires

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07
Oct

Alice Cooper Resurrects Supergroup HOLLYWOOD VAMPIRES On Hard Rockin Tribute Album


Dallas, TX - October 6, 2015.  North American syndicated Rock radio show and website InTheStudio with Redbeard: The Stories Behind Historys Greatest Rock Albums  visits with Alice Cooper about his new project paying tribute to lost legendary musical friends the Hollywood Vampires.

The legend of the original Hollywood Vampires, the loose collection of ribald rockers including John Lennon, Harry Nilsson, Keith Moon, and Alice Cooper, in the Seventies rarely saw the light of day but raved nightly on Hollywoods Sunset Strip, providing notorious stories of rock debauchery as well as many charter members to the Betty Ford Clinic. The sole survivor left to resurrect the tale, Alice Cooper, has once again attracted a colorful core crew (sober this time) including guitar great Joe Perry of Aerosmith, GunsnRoses rhythm section Duff McKagan and Matt Sorum, and the coolest rhythm guitarist with a Screen Actors Guild card, Johnny Depp.  Other guest Vampires include Joe Walsh, Slash, Robbie Krieger , AC/DC lead singer Brian Johnson, Dave Grohl, Paul McCartney, and Perry Farrell of Janes Addiction. 

The new band thrashes through some powerful iconic rock songs including Led Zeppelins Whole Lotta Love, Jimi Hendrixs Manic Depression, The Whos My Generation, John Lennons Cold Turkey, a Doors medley of 5 to 1/ Break On Through, a mashup of Alices Schools Out and Pink Floyds Another Brick in the Wall Pt. 2 and many more.

Alice Cooper shares with InTheStudio host Redbeard the reason for the new  supergroup.

Theres a line in the song (Raise the Dead),They didnt lose their soul, They just lost control Here we are (new Hollywood Vampires) singing about all of our dead drunk alcoholic drug addict friends, and we were all at deaths door! Everyone in that room at one point was ready to die, and we all survived it.  These guys (original Vampires) didnt make it. We did, so its our obligation to do these songs and to honor these guys.      - Alice Cooper 

All artist proceeds will go to MusiCares which provides a safety net of critical assistance for music people in times of need.

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Tue
08
Sep

HOLLYWOOD VAMPIRES Gather For Benefit Album Out Friday

 
Hollywood Vampires are Alice Cooper, Johnny Depp, Joe Perry
 
Featuring Perry Farrell, Dave Grohl, Sir Paul McCartney, Joe Walsh, Slash, Robbie Krieger, Zak Starkey, Brian Johnson and Kip Winger
 
Produced by Bob Ezrin
 
In 1972, on the Sunset Strip at a club called the Rainbow Bar & Grill, the Hollywood Vampires were born in the upstairs bar.  It was a gathering place for the rock stars living in or passing through L.A.  “To join the club, one simply had to out drink all of the members,” says Alice Cooper, a founding member of the Vampires.  “I would walk in on a typical night” Alice says, “and John Lennon, Harry Nilsson, Keith Moon who would usually be in aa costume like a maid or a chauffeur Bernie Taupin, Jim Morrison and Mickey Dolenz would be there. The next week might be Bernie Taupin, Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison and Mickey Dolenz.”
 
Three years ago, Alice and good friend Johnny Depp got together and decided the spirit of the Hollywood Vampires should live again (minus the drinking).  An environment for great artists to hang, laugh and play together. The Hollywood Vampires live again with the release of the Hollywood Vampires new album.  Alice and Johnny were joined by Joe Perry, who is an old friend of both of them, and the recording began: a tribute to the original Hollywood Vampires. 
 
For the next two years, Alice, Joe and Johnny, joined by producer Bob Ezrin and an amazing group of modern day vampires, including Perry Farrell, Dave Grohl, Sir Paul McCartney, Joe Walsh, Slash, Robbie Krieger, Zak Starkey, Brian Johnson and Kip Winger, recorded tracks by their dead friends and heroes.  Also included are two original songs that tell the story of the Vampires, one of which, “Raise The Dead,” has an intro by Sir Christopher Lee, recorded just prior to his death. 
 
The album package, an antique book, was created by noted men’s fashion designer (and rock fan) John Varvatos in his signature vintage style.  Alice and Varvatos, both Detroit natives, have been partners in fashion for several years with Alice lending his classic rock style as a brand ambassador. 
 
A sneak peek at the liner notes, penned by original Hollywood Vampire Bernie Taupin, “I’m not here to defend their vices. Over-indulgence of any sort does not ultimately constitute for a healthy mind and body. And while on the periphery of those involved, wives may have come and gone, career choices may have been deemed dubious, and heartbreak in some cases stalked a dark corridor, but in the lair of the Hollywood Vampires only joy and laughter reigned.”
 
“I’m not completely sure what constituted bad behavior back then, but in this lair it existed in a bubble, a hermetically sealed dome of fun. It may not have been the round table at the Algonquin, but these were witty, intelligent guys who often got raucous and loud, but rest assured there were no bystanders or animals hurt in the making of the Hollywood Vampires.”
 
All artist proceeds will be donated to MusiCares.
 
Track listing:
 
The Last Vampire   
Raise The Dead    
My Generation    
Whole Lotta Love    
I Got A Line    
Five to One/Break On Through    
One/Jump Into The Fire     
Come And Get It    
Jeepster   
Cold Turkey 
Manic Depression
Itchycoo Park
School’s Out / Another Brick In The Wall pt.2
Dead Drunk Friends
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