Group will play at the Rock In Rio festival in Rio De Janeiro
The group will perform under the name Hollywood Vampires at the event, which takes place this September. Faith No More, Queens of the Stone Age and System of a Down are also scheduled to perform.
Cooper has taken the Hollywood Vampires name from the infamous group of heavy-drinking rock stars that he formed in the 1970s alongside John Lennon, Ringo Starr, Bernie Taupin, Harry Nilsson, Micky Dolenz and Keith Moon.
Depp is an accomplished guitarist who has played on tracks by Oasis, Bob Dylan and Marilyn Manson. He also collaborated with Ryan Adams on new song ‘No Shadow’, which came out earlier this month. But despite moonlighting as a musician, the Pirates of the Caribbean star has insisted he has no intention of ever making music into a second career.
“That whole idea for me is a sickening thing, it’s always just made me sick,” he told reporters at the Berlin premiere of his latest film Mortdecai last month. “I’ve been very lucky to play on friends’ records and it’s still going. Music is still part of my life. But you won’t be hearing The Johnny Depp Band. That won’t ever exist.”
Cooper has been serving as an opening act for veteran hard rock band Motley Crue, who are currently in the middle of an 18-month farewell tour that will mark the end of the group after 24 years. In a recent interview, the singer revealed he has offered to chop off the band’s heads as a finale. “They finish up in the United States on New Year’s, and that’s their last gig,” said Cooper, who has been known to include guillotines in his live shows. “I told them, ‘Why don’t you let me kill you onstage? That finishes everything.’ Four guillotines, floomp! Done!”