Review and photos by Terrell Stewart.
This past Tuesday evening, I had the pleasure of seeing The Hollywood Vampires for the first time and what a great pleasure it was. The Hollywood Vampires were formed in 2015 by Alice Cooper, Johnny Depp, and Joe Perry. Their goal was to honor the music of the rock stars who died from excess in the 1970s.
As the lights came down and the supporting musicians, Duff McKagan, Robert DeLeo, Tommy Henriksen, and Matt Sorum, took to the stage, the crowd roared in excitement for the show to begin. As Joe Perry and Alice Cooper came onto the stage, the volume from their cheering fans grew louder, but when Johnny Depp walked out and moved to the front of the stage, the roar was deafening. They started the night with, “I Want My Now” from their soon to be released (June 21st) new album, ‘Rise’. From there, the band moved back and forth between original and cover songs with amazing energy. When they started with their cover of the Doors, “Five To One”, which then turned into a medley of Doors songs with, “Love Her Madly” and “Break On Through (to the Other Side)” as well, the video screen behind the band showed images of Jim Morrison which only heightened the energy of the crowd and the band and, brought back a lot of memories.
Watch “Who’s Laughing Now’ here:
The energy level from, not the youngest musicians, (me chuckling, I’m 67) was just awesome to witness. Johnny Depp took to the microphone as the band covered David Bowie’s song, “Heros”, and images of Bowie appeared on the video screen. There was a lot of energy coming from the stage but emotions as well and their fans could not only feel it, but see it. Alice Cooper reminded everyone that there were those who did not die from excess (he had his own battle with alcohol) and with that he started into his own song, “I’m Eighteen” and the crowd sang along with him. Depp again took to the microphone to sing, “People Who Died”, a cover from, The Jim Carroll Band. This song is an emotional one for Depp who lost his long time friend and bodyguard, Jerry Judge just a few weeks prior to this show, this loss was hard on Depp. The evening came to a close with another of Alice Cooper’s song’s, “Schools Out” and again, the crowd joined in on the vocals.
This was a great evening of music, memories, and emotions, a show that will be one of my all time favorites!
I Want My Now
Raise the Dead
As Bad As I Am
Five to One / Break On Through (to the Other Side) (The Doors) -Cover medley, Love Her Madly, Break On Through (To the Other Side)
LoThe Jack (AC/DC) – Cover
Who’s Laughing Now
The Boogieman Surprise
You Can’t Put Your Arms Around a Memory (Johnny Thunders) – Cover, Info [Joe Perry on vocals]
My Dead Drunk Friends
Baba O’Riley (The Who) – Cover
Heroes (David Bowie) – Cover, Info[Johnny Depp on vocals]
Git From Round Me
I’m Eighteen – Cover
People Who Died (The Jim Carroll Band) – Cover, Info [Johnny Depp on vocals]
The Train Kept A-Rollin’ (Tiny Bradshaw) – Cover
We Gotta Rise
School’s Out – Cover
The Hollywood Vampires are:
Alice Cooper – vocals
Johnny Depp – Guitar
Joe Perry – guitar
Chris Wyse – bass
Buck Johnson – keyboards
Tommy Henriksen – guitar
Matt Sorum – drums