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HOLLYWOOD VAMPIRES: Johnny Depp, Alice Cooper, Joe Perry’s Supergroup Announces Debut Album

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In 1972, on the Sunset Strip at a club called the Rainbow Bar & Grill, the Hollywood Vampires were born in the upstairs bar.  It was a gathering place for the rock stars living in or passing through L.A.  “To join the club, one simply had to out drink all of the members,” says Alice Cooper, a founding member of the Vampires.  “I would walk in on a typical night,” Alice says, “and John LennonHarry Nilsson, Keith Moon—who would usually be in a costume like a maid or a chauffeur—Bernie Taupin, Jim Morrison and Mickey Dolenz would be there. The next week might be Bernie TaupinJimi HendrixJim Morrison and Mickey Dolenz.”

Three years ago, Alice and good friend Johnny Depp got together and decided the spirit of the Hollywood Vampires should live again (minus the drinking).  An environment for great artists to hang, laugh and play together. The Hollywood Vampires live again with the release of the Hollywood Vampires new album.  Alice and Johnny were joined by Joe Perry, who is an old friend of both of them, and the recording began: a tribute to the original Hollywood Vampires.

For the next two years, Alice, Joe and Johnny, joined by producer Bob Ezrin and an amazing group of modern day vampires, including Perry FarrellDave Grohl, Sir Paul McCartneyJoe Walsh, Slash, Robbie KriegerZak StarkeyBrian Johnson and Kip Winger, recorded tracks by their dead friends and heroes.  Also included are two original songs that tell the story of the Vampires, one of which, “Raise The Dead,” has an intro by Sir Christopher Lee, recorded just prior to his death.

Hollywood Vampires

Hollywood Vampires

The album package, an antique book, was created by noted men’s fashion designer (and rock fan) John Varvatos in his signature vintage style.  Alice and Varvatos, both Detroit natives, have been partners in fashion for several years with Alice lending his classic rock style as a brand ambassador.

A sneak peek at the liner notes, penned by original Hollywood Vampire Bernie Taupin, “I’m not here to defend their vices. Over-indulgence of any sort does not ultimately constitute for a healthy mind and body. And while on the periphery of those involved, wives may have come and gone, career choices may have been deemed dubious, and heartbreak in some cases stalked a dark corridor, but in the lair of the Hollywood Vampires only joy and laughter reigned.”

“I’m not completely sure what constituted bad behavior back then, but in this lair it existed in a bubble, a hermetically sealed dome of fun. It may not have been the round table at the Algonquin, but these were witty, intelligent guys who often got raucous and loud, but rest assured there were no bystanders or animals hurt in the making of the Hollywood Vampires.”

All artist proceeds will be donated to MusiCares.

The Hollywood Vampires track listing:

The Last Vampire:
Narration:   Sir Christopher Lee
Keyboards and Sound Design: Johnny Depp, Bob Ezrin and Justin Cortelyou

Raise The Dead:
(Johnny Depp, Bruce WitkinTommy HenriksenAlice CooperBob EzrinRob Klonel)
Vocals: Alice Cooper
Guitars: Johnny Depp, Tommy HenriksenBruce Witkin
Drums: Glenn Sobel
Bass: Bruce Witkin
Background Vocals: Alice CooperTommy HenriksenBob Ezrin

My Generation:
Vocals:  Alice Cooper
Guitars:  Johnny Depp, Tommy Henriksen
Bass: Bruce Witkin
Drums: Zak Starkey
Background Vocals: Tommy Henriksen

Whole Lotta Love:
Vocals: Brian JohnsonAlice Cooper
Guitars:  Joe Walsh, Johnny Depp
Orianthi, Tommy HenriksenBruce Witkin
Harmonica:  Alice Cooper
Drums:  Zak Starkey
Bass:  Kip Winger
Programming:  Tommy Henriksen
Backing Vocals: Alice CooperTommy Henriksen

I Got A Line:
Vocals:  Alice CooperPerry Farrell
Guitars:  Joe Walsh, Johnny Depp, Tommy HenriksenBruce Witkin
Drums:  Abe Laboriel Jr.
Bass:  Kip Winger
Background Vocals:  Perry FarrellTommy HenriksenBob Ezrin

Five to One/Break On Through:
Vocals: Alice Cooper
Guitars: Robby Krieger, Johnny Depp, Tommy Henriksen
Drums: Abe Laboriel Jr.
Farfisa: Charlie Judge
Bass: Bruce Witkin

One/Jump Into The Fire:
Vocals:  Alice CooperPerry Farrell
Guitars: Robby Krieger, Johnny Depp, Tommy HenriksenBruce Witkin
Drums: Dave Grohl
Bass: Bruce Witkin
Keyboard: Bob EzrinBruce Witkin
Programming:  Tommy Henriksen

Come And Get It:
Vocals:  Paul McCartneyAlice Cooper
Guitars:  Joe Perry, Johnny Depp
Piano:  Paul McCartney
Drums:  Abe Laboriel Jr.
Bass:  Paul McCartney
Background Vocals: Johnny Depp, Alice CooperAbe Laboriel Jr.Bob Ezrin

Jeepster:
Vocals: Alice Cooper
Guitars: Joe Perry, Johnny Depp, Tommy Henriksen
Drums: Glenn Sobel
Bass: Bruce Witkin
Programming:  Tommy Henriksen
Background Vocals: Bob Ezrin

Cold Turkey:
Vocals:  Alice Cooper
Guitars: Joe Perry, Johnny Depp, Tommy Henriksen
Drums: Glenn Sobel
Bass: Bruce Witkin
Programming:  Tommy Henriksen
Background Vocals: Alice CooperTommy Henriksen

Manic Depression:
Vocals:  Alice Cooper
Guitars: Joe Walsh, Johnny Depp, Tommy Henriksen
Drums:  Zak Starkey
Bass: Bruce Witkin
Piano: Bob Ezrin

Itchycoo Park:
Vocals:  Alice Cooper
Guitars: Johnny Depp, Tommy Henriksen
Drums: Glenn Sobel
Bass: Bruce Witkin
Programming:  Tommy Henriksen
Background Vocals: Alice CooperTommy HenriksenBob Ezrin

School’s Out / Another Brick In The Wall pt.2:
Vocals:  Alice CooperBrian Johnson
Guitar: Slash, Joe Perry, Johnny Depp, Tommy HenriksenBruce Witkin
Drums:  Neal Smith
Bass: Dennis Dunaway
Background Vocals: Kip WingerBob Ezrin

Dead Drunk Friends:
(Johnny Depp, Bruce WitkinTommy HenriksenAlice CooperBob Ezrin)
Vocals:  Alice Cooper
Guitars:  Johnny Depp, Bruce Witkin
Drums:  Glenn Sobel
Programming:  Tommy Henriksen
Bass:  Bruce Witkin
Piano: Bruce WitkinBob Ezrin
Background Vocals: Alice Cooper, Johnny Depp, Tommy HenriksenBruce WitkinBob Ezrin

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