Hollywood Vampires Announce First U.S. Concert This Year
Band will play Upstate New York casino this spring and already planning follow-up album to debut
By Kory Grow February 16, 2016
Fresh off their fiery Grammys performance, Hollywood Vampires have confirmed their first U.S. date of 2016. The supergroup, which features Alice Cooper, Johnny Depp, Joe Perry and Guns N' Roses' Duff McKagan, among others, will play the Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, New York – about four hours north of New York City – on May 24th.
After the show, the group will head to Europe, where they will play Lisbon, Portugal's edition of the Rock in Rio festival on May 27th. The show also precedes the band's headlining appearance at Cadott, Wisconsin's Rock Fest in July.
"We have to carefully schedule the Vampires," Alice Cooper tells Rolling Stone. "That's because you have Johnny's movie schedule; you've got Aerosmith; you've got Guns N' Roses and you've got me! It's five entities going in five different directions. To get those guys all at one time when we're not working is really unique. So everybody looks at their calendar, and you have to find that two weeks where everybody's off."
The singer says he's also busy writing a new album and planning a tour with his solo group, and he and his supergroup friends are penning a new Hollywood Vampires record. "It's going to be fun to rehearse this stuff with the Vampires, because it doesn't happen so often that we get together," he says. "It's something you really look forward to."
Hollywood Vampires performed at the Grammys Monday night, giving the live debut to a new original tune, "As Bad as I Am," and paying tribute to late Motörhead frontman Lemmy Kilmister with a rendition of "Ace of Spades." "Lemmy was one of those salt-of-the-earth guys," Cooper told Rolling Stone earlier this month. "Find me somebody who didn't love Lemmy. He's just one of those guys that's impossible not to like."
BOB DYLAN, HOLLYWOOD VAMPIRES, DIANA ROSS, PAUL SIMON PART OF 2016 RAVINIA SEASON
MIRIAM DI NUNZIO on March 2, 2016
You can catch all of them and more this summer at the Ravinia Festival in Highland Park, it was announced today. The annual summer music extravaganza, this year running June 2 through Sept. 11, will feature more than 140 concerts and special events, including a celebration of the 80th annual summer residency of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
Leading the pop music pack is the June 24 double bill featuring Bob Dylan (his first Ravinia appearance since 1964) and Chicago’s queen of R&B/gospel, Mavis Staples.
“I’ve been working on getting Bob Dylan back to Ravinia for years,” said Ravinia president and CEO Welz Kauffman, in an interview this week. “When I arrived at Ravinia [in 2001] I had a bucket list of performers I wanted to bring to our stages and he was on it. As were Paul Simon and Diana Ross and Duran Duran. … Not really knowing the history of the past 25 years or so of Ravinia programming when I arrived, I suppose I would say it had been a little monochromatic. I knew I wanted to make my mark on the programming. … I had a list — names like Dylan and Paul Simon, and Don Henley, Sting, Wyclef Jean and so many others. One by one I started crossing them off. This year, a few more definitely came off that list.”
Getting Dylan was no small feat, Kauffman confirmed. “I won’t say how long the process took to get him back here, but really, with Bob Dylan it wasn’t about remuneration necessarily as much as it was about the artist wanting to say something new in a new way, in a new setting. I think that’s true with all the artists we present.”
This season marks the return of former Ravinia music director James Levine, back after a 20-year absence, to conduct Mahler’s Second Symphony (July 23), just as he did when he debuted it at Ravinia 45 years ago. Eight conductors will make their Ravinia debuts this summer, and four of those will mark their CSO debuts, including Kirill Karabits, Gustavo Gimeno, George Hanson and Ben Gernon.
“I know with James Levine, I wanted to bring back someone very special to celebrate the 80th summer residency of the CSO, someone who had great impact on Ravinia. Every year since I’ve been here I’ve tried to get him back to the podium, but his schedule was always jammed. But this time, it was all about Mahler’s Second Symphony. He could not say no. It’s going to be a momentous moment in history.”
The list of “momentous moments” will continue all summer. Pop icon Paul Simon makes his Ravinia debut on June 18; the Commodores perform June 23, sharing the bill with Patti LaBelle. Pop icon Diana Ross makes her Ravinia debut July 27.
Hollywood Vampires, the new band featuring Alice Cooper, Johnny Depp and Joe Perry, will bow at the pavilion July 17.
“This was all about me wanting to get Alice Cooper here for as long as I can remember,” Kauffmann said with a chuckle. “I’m such a huge, huge fan of his, and of his musical legacy to all the artists who came after him whom he clearly inspired. To have Johnny Depp and Joe Perry along for the ride is more than I could have imagined.”
Other pop music highlights include: Bryan Ferry on Aug. 6; Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons on June 12; Train and Andy Grammer on Aug. 2; Seal on Aug. 28; Jeff Beck on a double bill with the Chicago blues legend Buddy Guy (July 31); and Seth MacFarlane, who returns June 22, following his Ravinia debut last summer. Country legend Marty Stuart shares the bill with Billy Bob Thornton & The Boxmasters (Sept. 2).
Interview with Hollywood Vampires: We put together on the same couch Alice Cooper, Johnny Depp and Joe Perry
INÊS MENDES GENS
March 4, 2016
Rolling Stone described them as "the best cover band in the world" and, despite its name, Hollywood Vampires, still can not immediately recognize, just say that its members are Alice Cooper, Johnny Depp and Joe Perry for wanting to hear.
We flew to the other side of the world to Los Angeles, to sit to talk with the three. And the three will be on 27 May at the Rock in Rio Lisboa.
On Monday we were told that we were leaving Lisbon the fourth and were going to meet with them in Los Angeles on Thursday. The Hollywood Vampires were in Los Angeles rehearsing for the role they had to have the Grammys (the following Monday) and this was the key moment to sit with them. With all. The opportunity was rare because almost every interview the band have Cooper and Perry but in our Depp also was.
The term Hollywood Vampires was born in the 70's, a bar on the Sunset Strip in Hollywood, when known name rock Alice Cooper thought needed periodically join the music friends to drink till you drop. They would gather at night and drinking (not blood, but wine), hence the name. The Rainbow Bar & Grill, where they gathered, have names like John Lennon, Keith Moon and Ringo Starr. Not touched, only they drank.
But in 2015, Cooper, Johnny Depp, the first line of cinema that has always been the heart of a musician, and Joe Perry, guitarist for Aerosmith, decided to take the vampire's coffin and bring them to the light of day in a band, or supergroup, as everyone now call them. They do not have a tour with many dates, or a superstructure mounted to follow. In fact, sometimes they played together count on the fingers of the hands and it makes their concerts true events.
Also last year, they released a self-titled album with his intentions: to play versions of the songs and their idols, in the middle, do some original songs. One is a tribute to their "dead drunk friends" (his "friends DRUNK dead") and one of the tracks an introduction with the voice of a veteran who died of cinema Christopher Lee.
They passed the Rock in Rio in Brazil in September 2015, and on 27 May they go to Rock the World Stage in Rio Lisboa to play successes (on your own) as "My Generation" by The Who, "Whole Lotta Love" , Led Zeppelin, or "Another Brick on the Wall" by Pink Floyd.
We returned to Los Angeles. At six in the afternoon combined Thursday we were in Swing House Studios in Los Angeles, ready to shoot. Alice Cooper and Joe Perry were also and had to just wait for the arrival of Depp to start the conversation. And we did not want anything of our favorite movie star. "Fashionably late", as they say land of Uncle Sam.
The conversation was as good as could be expected. They told us of the times long gone, those who only Alice Cooper can speak, of how joined the band, they explained to us why Johnny Depp is the "baby" of the supergroup and left in the air a possibility for the Rock concert in Rio Lisboa.
Joe Perry, Johnny Depp and Alice Cooper founded in 2015 the Hollywood Vampires. A tribute to friends that alcohol has claimed. With good humor, they talked to Express their joint experiences in less than three months of acting in Lisbon Rock in Rio. Read the interview published in the magazine and the Express March 5, 2016
The story of the new Hollywood Vampires dates back to 2012. The year Alice Cooper met Johnny Depp in Tim Burton Movie Shooting "Shadows of Darkness." One night, not glasses, they say, but stories, Cooper revealed Depp as a Los Angeles bar, in the 70s, he and many others formed a club of friends of glasses. At the Rainbow Bar and Grill in full Sunset Strip, all but every evening, sitting at a table on the first floor, they gathered up the comrades of alcohol and drugs. They went out at night and drinking. Power walking in the air. The fun also. Tomorrow does not exist. While hard this interview tomorrow for this and the few times they took the stage after forming the new band they never thought the next day.
I no longer remember for sure who was the idea to pay tribute to these "men who have gone through near - death experience." But Depp took the lead to draw everyone to your studio and record the album covers that highlights names like John Lennon, Steve Marriott, Ronnie Lane, John Bonham, Randy California, Jim Morrison, Jimi Hendrix, Marc Bolan, Keith Moon, Harry Nilsson, George Harrison and many others.
I liked to tell me the story of the Hollywood Vampires' 70s originals and ended up giving the name to your band.
Alice Cooper - What was wrong with the true Hollywood Vampires was that we all drank in all shapes and sizes. We were all at the beginning of our careers and had a place here in Los Angeles who approached everyone, was a kind of magnet. His name was Rainbow Bar and Grill.
Who appeared there?
AC - I was going every night, Keith Moon also appeared every day, Harry Nilsson was another of the regulars. Anyway, all kinds who were around here and drank. Hollywood Vampires was a club of friends of the glasses. We met there, always at the same table, and began to call us vampires in Hollywood because only saw the night and we drank, we drank constantly, that's what vampires do. That was how we won this nickname.
Who else was part of the club?
AC - always depended on who was here. Even before the Vampires, Jimi Hendrix and Jim Morrison were drinking buddies and began to be included in our club. The curious thing is that really everybody called the Hollywood Vampires, have even put a sign on the wall next to the table at the Rainbow, which is still there.
They were aware that you would happen something good?
AC - No. At that time we thought if we would not have a career or not, that club could come to fruition or become about something else.
And now it's time to make a tribute to this time and this way of life?
AC - Yes. But it all started when Johnny [Depp] was filming "Dark Shadows" by Tim Burton, which I also attended. I told him the story of the Hollywood Vampires and started thinking it would be interesting to do some songs that could be a tribute to our friends who have died because of alcohol. They should be happy to be named by us as our friends drunk dead.
Alice Cooper is the first to speak. Already eager to tell how it all happened. Black eyes so black makeup smile as he remembers every detail. Forgot quickly the hassle of long wait. Two hours tied in Swing House Studios in LA while Johnny Depp at the dentist lost count of the time and never dreamed that day, which had marked speak with the Express at six in the afternoon, President Obama was also in the city. No. I came with all the will and sympathy in your Escalade Premium all black, including tinted windows. He asked to be painted one . He changed the hat for a handkerchief almost the pirate and also asked permission to speak, even before the Aerosmith guitarist waking up from a long lethargy caused by any barbiturate ...
They think we could change that famous mythical association of sex, drugs and rock and roll by alcohol, drugs and rock and roll?
Johnny Depp - What happened to sex?
I do not know, but with so much alcohol ...
Joe Perry - No, it could not be. You have to be there all. And is there anything we do not want nor are we trying to change anything. People get themselves on what they have to meddle. There are also sex addicts. It's part of the game. There are lawyers who do the same and no one says anything. It's just because we're in this kind of 'business', everything becomes so visible and so-called. It's all part of the great stereotype. But we live in the middle of it and survive.
AC - At one point we looked around us in the rehearsal room and we realized that we were all ex-alcoholics. And we were singing to all our friends who were also alcohol or took drugs. So ... [laughs].
How did we come back to get all these ghosts of the past. It was melancholy?
AC - No. All these guys were cheerful staff, liked parties, were fun. I can not think of them in a sad way. The Jimi Hendrix and Jim Morrison were not so we were not sad. They lived their lives with everything they had right. Jim Morrison died at age 27. I was very young. But the truth is that the fact of having reached the 27 was a miracle. It was a great age for it.
Why this is an album versions?
JD - We have two original songs. We started with the theme "Raise the Dead 'and we so admire very much hope that these guys did. It is obvious that drugs, alcohol and rock and roll or whatever it was, what kind of excesses committed radius, did not affect their work, perhaps has become even better. We wanted to greet them.
AC - We knew who the vampires were.
JD - And the last theme also unique, 'My Dead Drunk Friends' was a homage, a tribute to all of them. Moreover, all versions that we played were chosen very carefully. Alice [Cooper] always telling us we can not forget this or that ...
AC - And we can not forget something else. All started playing in bars. We were kids and 90 percent of what we played were covers from the Rolling Stones to the Kinks past the Yardbirds. And so we learn to play. So, back to being a cover band was fun for us. also fun because we know that later we will compose new material.
JD - and play a song like 'Seven and Seven Is', of Love, was very interesting. A band unloved and little known. Knowing that now it will be heard by a lot of kids who do not know who they were is something extraordinary. Play a song by Arthur Lee is also the opportunity to tell anyone that can hear: Stay to know that this was a band called Love. A very important group. And so on with the rest of the songs which do versions.
And how important it is for you to climb on a stage as a musician?
JD - This has always been and will always be my first love. I did so from a very young age and I wanted to do with my life. I ended up walking the other way. But for me to be on stage is amazing. What is new is that feeling of having immediate gratification, or not exactly, but it is the feeling an immediate connection with the audience. This relationship is actually created at that time.
It's a different relationship he has with his usual audience.
JD - is basically the opposite to be doing a movie, be working on a film, where we do six, seven, eight takes. And we move to another and then to the next ...
And no one is watching?
JD - Not myself. So, for me, music is a real job. It has nothing to do with my other work. Here every second it happens.
Looking guard, protectively. Ever. Alice Cooper jumps on Johnny Depp help. Look at him fondly. It's the new kid. New but talented. Joe Perry also will do the same but in its own way. More discreet and there the bottom of a nearly inscrutable world.
AC - He was a guitarist before acting.
And it is seen as a guitarist?
JD - Yes. I will not say I'm the best to do so, even if one of the big but ... [laughs]
It was easy to get to convince Christopher Lee to participate in the drive and make that introduction to her as 'The Last Vampire'?
JP - It was brilliant! Again Johnny, as an actor, has great ease in talking to people who we normally wouldnt.
The 'timing was perfect, Sir Christopher Lee, the greatest Dracula in the history of cinema, died on June 7, 2015, three months before the disc is released on September 11 and shortly after the take being recorded and ready for the release of the album. The self - titled album, "Hollywood Vampires" also shows great themes have scored generations. Since this legendary 'My Generation', of The Who, to an almost perfect imitation of 'Whole Lotta Love Led Zeppelin or' Jeespter 'of T. Rex, as it should be, the' Cold Turkey ''s Plastic Ono Band or 'Itchycoo Park' of the Small Faces. Songs where everyone 'wanted to put my finger'.
Johnny Depp, Joe Clark. "Being a musician was and will always be my first love. I did so from a very young age and I wanted to do with my life "
But also had the participation of names like Paul McCartney, Joe Walsh, Dave Grohl ...
AC - They also knew the musicians that we honor. Everyone liked John Lennon, for example. I do not know if that was the motivation that made Paul McCartney come. I know he likes to play. And here was a group of guys to play music and have fun. He came, sat at the piano and she started to play well. It was a song of Badfinger, he composed especially for the band. Each time he returned to sit at the piano, we said to each other: is Paul McCartney [whispers]. We were incredulous.
JP - Astonished!
AC - He is the Beatle. The nicest guy in the world. I think the best thing is that he loves truly play rock and roll. He came in and played as a part of our group. Realize? Each time we saw each other after that We called us vampires ...
That's why they call you a supergroup?
AC - If contabilizássemos every kilometer, every hour, every year together each of us in this band, including Duff [McKagan] and Matt [Sorum, respectively bassist and drummer of the band] maybe we could get that back in time as Dracula.
JP - It's a long time together, man!
In September, they were poster star at Rock in Rio. Still had shown only live once, at the Roxy Theatre in Los Angeles. When they arrived in Rio de Janeiro adrenaline was still higher than the premiere. Iam playing alongside bands like Queens of the Stone Age or Faith No More and a crowd of spectators. Depp was the most enthusiastic. There would be more immediate feedback. Like it and want more. Expectations are turning to Bela Vista, which rise to a further stage of the Rock in Rio, Lisbon, May 27.
As they hit the Rock in Rio last year in Rio de Janeiro?
JD - for me, for whom this was not his day to day for a long, long time, it was amazing. We reached the city and left for two sound checks. I was so excited to go play for so many people, I love to see and be with the other bands, but when I went on stage and heard Joe or Alice say, wow, this is one of the largest stages where ever played ... When you hear and this is the new guy who does not play for years and years, it's very scary !!!
JP - It was absolutely huge, gigantic, had 800 feet from one end to the other [about 244 meters] ...
They will have the same size or stage like in Lisbon Rock in Rio this year. What expectations are for the show in Portugal?
AC - We had done the same show at the Roxy Theatre, we did not change anything for Brazil. I always say the same thing, regardless of the number of people who hear us and see us, we play with the same energy. Only even change the size of the stage.
And it's not scary for you, Johnny?
JD - Yes, but I am filled with the immediacy of the situation, and I felt a lot of things such as: what the hell are you doing here? Why are you on stage with these guys.
But feels at ease on stage?
JD - I'm sorry. For me it's easy, that every reaction of the crowd, people, fills me a lot.
Where guitar is touching, even in his old 56 Telecaster?
JD - Still use, yes. But also play a Duesenberg, incidentally it is the guitar I play more today. It is a German brand made by some guys who do not know why contacted me with the idea of making a guitar just for me and whose design would fit me personally. They did it and did an extraordinary job.
The climate of friendship and understanding was the basis for the disc. The same happens in live shows
What implications have been the Hollywood Vampires in your career with the bands ever. What say Aerosmith, Joe?
JP - So far had no complaints. Here we saw all the different groups and even professions. Five days before our big debut, I played in Moscow to an audience of four thousand people and was concerned how everyone would react and, I tell you, after the first song, we were all at ease, grabbed the stage and the energy was powerful. As Alice said, we did not change anything in the show and here too it is only natural and real. We rehearsed not much but it worked. I felt like I did not feel for a long time ...
They are thinking record more albums, a live album, for example?
AC - That would be very interesting. We have all we recorded live albums and here are a strong band to do so. But I would say that only will release a live album after two more terms edited or three studio albums. We need to produce more and make more before that.
They are already working on it?
AC - Já. We're writing it.
The music played at the Grammys ceremony is part of this drive?
JD - Yes. It is called 'Bad As I Am'.
AC - It's a toast: As good as you are. As bad as I am! And we dedicate this gift to Lemmy [of Motörhead, who died on 28 December last year] ...
Gifts that also share with the Express evil turn off the microphones. Joe Perry confesses immediately that the dream of his life to come to play Portugal's get out of here to talk "at least a few little words" in Portuguese. Madeiran Scion, only know how to say 'thank you'. He learned in Rio de Janeiro. Alice Cooper says that the more experience have more quality stage have the records below and the notes to grow when he thinks aloud anxiety that is the Europe that May 27 the Hollywood Vampires come play. Already Johnny Depp, who before the interview is know by an agent who can not ask you questions about royalties, personal life or cinema, reveals that his next film as a producer will be a documentary tribute to Ralph Steadman, the illustrator of Hunter S. Thompson, the legendary journalist and Depp hero that this represented in "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas," a Terry Gilliam film dated 1998.
The Express traveled at the invitation of Rock in Rio Lisboa
[Interview published in 2262 edition of the magazine and, of March 5, 2016]
they gathered up the comrades of alcohol and drugs.
They went out at night and drinking.
Power walking in the air.
Black eyes so black makeup smile
I came with all the will and sympathy
in your Escalade Premium
waking up from a long lethargy
caused by any barbiturate ...
and there the bottom of a nearly inscrutable world.
We called us vampires ...
*Taken from the above machine-translated article
"There is certainly a part of me that tends to be that loner. You never find me in the center of the crowd. I just like to stay back a little and hang in the shadows."