Johnny Depp Says He Didn’t Smuggle His Dogs into Australia, but Hints He Might …

11 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Hollywood Vampires, supergroup with Alice Cooper, Joe Perry and Johnny Depp, raise the dead.

You may recall Johnny Depp’s views on Hollywood stars launching musical careers: “That whole idea for me is a sickening thing, it’s always just made me sick,” he said earlier this year. “I’ve been very lucky to play on friends’ records and it’s still going.His latest project Hollywood Vampires — a true supergroup including Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry and actor-guitarist Johnny Depp — is an outgrowth of his most recent “Raise the Dead” tour, which featured Cooper covering classic rock songs from bands who had a member die from drug or alcohol abuse. Cameos from classic rock legends abound here, as well, including contributions from Paul McCartney, Joe Walsh, Zak Starkey, AC/DC’s Brian Johnson, Perry Farrell, Robby Krieger and Dave Grohl. That won’t ever exist.” The Johnny Depp Band might not exist, but the Hollywood Vampires do – that’s the band featuring Depp alongside his friend Alice Cooper – with whom he played in London in 2011 – and Aerosmith’s Joe Perry, who’ve recorded an album featuring special guests including Dave Grohl, Paul McCartney, Slash and the late Christopher Lee.

Just in case you were thinking Depp might be the passenger in such august company, here’s some documentary evidence to the contrary – the man himself laying down his solo for the album’s final track, Dead Drunk Friends. Among the strongest on “Hollywood Vampires” are a pounding cover of The Who’s “My Generation,” a Krieger-powered Doors medley of “Five to One/Break on Through,” and a version of T-Rex’s “Jeepster” that manages to be heavy and pop-y all at once. Cooper’s nasal sneer is perfect on Three Dog Night’s “One,” and Perry’s slashing guitar powers the still-iconic “Cold Turkey,” John Lennon’s ode to drug withdrawal.

The band title refers to a ’70s drinking club Cooper was part of that also included Lennon, Moon, Harry Nilsson, Bernie Taupin and Micky Dolenz of the Monkees.

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