Aerosmith's Joe Perry, Guns N' Roses' Matt Sorum and Rage Against The Machine’s Tom Morello also present at LA's Roxy
Johnny Depp and Alice Cooper played their first gig as Hollywood Vampires last night (September 16) at The Roxy in Los Angeles.
The supergroup featured Alice Cooper on vocals, Johnny Depp and Aerosmith’s Joe Perry on lead and rhythm guitar and Guns N’ Roses’ Duff McKagan and Matt Sorum on bass and drums.
A rotating cast of guests arrived onstage for various cover versions. The Who’s touring drummer Zak Starkey appeared for a version of The Who’s ‘I’m A Boy’. Black Sabbath’s Geezer Butler and Rage Against The Machine’s Tom Morello appeared for Jimi Hendrix’s ‘Manic Depression’, while Jane’s Addiction’s Perry Farrell sang lead vocals on Nilsson’s ‘Jump Into The Fire’.
Pop star Ke$ha also arrived, sporting a leather leotard, to sing Led Zeppelin’s ‘Whole Lotta Love’ backed by Alice Cooper on harmonica. She later re-appeared with Tom Morello and Perry Farrell for a cover of Cooper’s ‘School’s Out’ which ran into Pink Floyd’s ‘Another Brick In The Wall.’
Watch the band perform The Who’s ‘My Generation’ below:
The band released the ‘Hollywood Vampires’ album last week (September 11).
Devised by Cooper and Depp as a way to cover songs by “their dead friends and heroes”, the album features Slash, Brian Johnson and Perry Farrell and includes renditions of songs by John Lennon, The Doors, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, T Rex and the Small Faces.
Speaking to NME about the album, Cooper explained how the concept for ‘Hollywood Vampires’ came about.
“We decided to put the band together and kind of celebrate all of our dead, drunk friends. You know, all of our big brothers died at 27 years old. Jim Morrison, we toured with The Doors, and Jimi Hendrix was one of our best friends, and we drank with these guys, and Johnny Depp and I were doing that movie Dark Shadows, and we decided that one night we were gonna go to the 100 Club and just be a bar band. No glitz, no glam. Somebody yells out [The Rolling Stones’] ‘Brown Sugar’. Yeah, we’ll play that. [Jane’s Addiction’s] ‘Been Caught Stealing’. Sure, we know that. Just to kind of have fun with it,” he said.