Perry told Rolling Stone that the band has been working with Canadian producer Bob Ezrin, who’s previously worked with Lou Reed, Kiss, Pink Floyd and Peter Gabriel, on a record that’s “dedicated to all the friends we’ve lost to drugs and alcohol over the years and getting people to come in and cover the songs their friends wrote.”
McCartney and his drummer Abe Laboriel Jr have apparently recorded a new version of ‘Come And Get It’, the 1969 song McCartney wrote for Badfinger. McCartney chose the song as a tribute to the band’s Pete Ham and Tom Evans, who took their own lives. “He knew all the chords, the lyrics, everything,” Perry said. “He didn’t have any cheat sheets. It was like he’d been playing it his whole life. Me and Alice and Johnny were standing there and looking at each other and I tell you – if there’s any ego-lever in a room, it’s Paul. It doesn’t matter who you are or what you’ve done. If Paul’s in the room, he’s there. It was hard to focus on playing.”
The Hollywood Vampires formed last year and reportedly take their name from the social group Alice Cooper used to drink with in the ’70s, which included John Lennon, Keith Moon, Harry Nilsson and Ringo Star. The group are due to play the Rock in Rio festival in September – though it is unlikely that McCartney will join them on tour.
Earlier today, the former Beatle confirmed details of an upcoming show at London’s The O2, as well as gigs in Liverpool and Birmingham. O2 Priority Tickets for the show will be available from 10am on Saturday March 7 to 10am Monday March 9.