Sunday 9 August 2015


Johnny Depp says music won't be a second career, as his upcoming gangster film "Black Mass," where he plays Boston mobster Whitey Bulger, hits theaters. The Hollywood Vampires has Depp playing with Alice Cooper, who co-starred in the Tim Burton "Dark Shadows" reboot, and Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry.
The Hollywood Vampires formed at the Los Angeles' famed Rainbow Bar & Grill in the early '70s.
The album will feature cover songs from such bands as The Doors, Pink Floyd and Alice Cooper. Besides the Foo Fighter's Dave Groh and Paul McCartney, The Hollywood Vampires will features Slash, Perry Farrell, Kip Winger and AC/DC's Brian Johnson.

The Hollywood Vampires was started by John Lennon and Harry Nilsson as a hangout which quickly pulled in  David Cassidy and Alice Cooper, Aerosmith's Joe Perry and Johnny Depp are now joining McCartney for the Hollywood Vampires' debut album. The Hollywood Vampires included the Who's Keith Moon, Ringo Starr, T. Rex's Marc Bolan and Keith Allison of Paul Revere & the Raiders.
"I'm not here to defend their vices," said original Hollywood Vampire Bernie Taupin in the liner notes.
"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."

The legendary Hollywood Vampires will rise again with a new album that comes out on Sept. 11.
"In 1972, on the Sunset Strip at a club called the Rainbow Bar & Grill, the Hollywood Vampires were born in the upstairs bar," reads the press statement.
"It was a gathering place for the rock stars living in or passing through L.A.
Alice and Johnny Depp got together three years ago 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 Aerosmith's Joe Perry 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 Farrell, Dave Grohl, Paul McCartney, Joe Walsh, Slash, Robbie Krieger, Zak Starkey, Brian 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.
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.
All artist proceeds will be donated to MusiCares.

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