REVIEW: Hollywood Vampires Raise the Dead in Atlantic City

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Johnny Depp, Alice Cooper and Joe Perry of the Hollywood Vampires (Maria Ives/Radio.com)

Johnny Depp, Alice Cooper and Joe Perry of the Hollywood Vampires (Maria Ives/Radio.com)

By Brian Ives

Twenty five years ago this week, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers released their album, Into the Great Wide Open. The video for the album’s title track starred Johnny Depp as “Eddie,” a hopeful musician who moved to L.A. to become a rock star.

The story bears just a few similarities to Depp’s: he, too, moved to L.A. to pursue his musical dreams. A role in a little show called 21 Jump Street and then in the first Nightmare on Elm Street film took him on a somewhat different career path than “Eddie’s.”

It’s a quarter of a century later, and he’s just kicked off a tour as a member of the Hollywood Vampires, alongside Alice Cooper and Aerosmith’s Joe Perry, two guys he most likely grew up worshiping; last night (July 3), their tour came to Atlantic City, New Jersey’s Borgata.

Ya done good kid!

So, there’s a lot of star power in the Vampires – the touring band also includes drummer Matt Sorum (formerly of Guns N Roses, Velvet Revolver and the Cult), and Stone Temple Pilots bassist Robert DeLeo (replacing Duff McKagan, now out on tour with GNR). The group is rounded out by guitarist Tommy Henriksen (from Alice Cooper’s band) and keyboardist/guitarist Bruce Witkin, who was Depp’s bandmate, pre-movie stardom, in a band called the Kids. On paper, it sounds amazing. But how good are they as a live band? And is Depp really a necessary addition to a band that’s already packed with stars (and guitar players)?

Well, first off, Depp’s guitar playing isn’t just a movie star hobby. Joe Perry has told me in interviews how great Depp is, and Perry isn’t really prone to hyperbole. But it’s one thing to hear about it, it’s another to actually see the guy play, and he is a great player, deserving of his spot in the band. Had he never gone to that Jump Street audition, he surely would have been able to be a musician for life (although he may not have been able to buy an island with his earnings). Also – to his credit – he never calls attention to himself, he lets his playing melt faces. To put it another way, he’s the Brad Whitford of this guitar team.

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Hollywood Vampires Tour Underway!

The Hollywood Vampires Tour is underway and is three shows into their 18 city tour of North America.  Check out these shots of the first three shows from the Hollywood Vampires Instagram!

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Be sure to follow @HollywoodVampires on Instagram@HollywoodVamps on Twitter and check out HollywoodVampires.com for the most up to date info on the band!  There’s still time to catch them on their tour, Tickets to remaining dates are available below!

07/05/16 - MILWAUKEE, WI – BMO HARRIS PAVILION

07/07/16 - AURORA, IL – RIVEREDGE PARK

07/08/16 - RAMA, ON – CASINO RAMA RESORT

07/09/16 - NIAGARA FALLS, NY – SENECA NIAGARA RESORT & CASINO

07/10/16 - BROOKLYN, NY – CONEY ISLAND AMPHITHEATER

07/12/16 - KETTERING, OH – FRAZE PAVILION

07/13/16 - MOUNT PLEASANT, MI – SOARING EAGLE CASINO

07/14/16 - CADOTT, WI – ROCK FEST

07/16/16 - CLARKSTON, MI – DTE ENERGY CENTER

07/18/16 - FARGO, ND – SCHEELS ARENA

07/22/16 - ROHNERT PARK, CA – WEILL HALL

07/23/16 -  POINT, OR – BRITT PAVILION

07/24/16 - SARATOGA, CA – THE MOUNTAIN WINERY

07/25/16 - PASO ROBLES, CA – CALIFORNIA MID STATE FAIR

4TH OF JULY SUMMER SALE STARTS NOW!

4th of July weekend sale starts now in the official Alice Cooper store.  Check out the new election collection of merch & get 25% off select items!!

http://shop.alicecooper.com/collections/summer-sale
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NEW SHOW ANNOUNCEMENT – TACOMA, WA

NIGHTS WITH ALICE COOPER WINS KERRANG AWARD!

SOURCE:  KERRANG.COMKerrang! Awards 2016

We waited a whole year for it, but now our 35th birthday / awards are sadly over. Sob!

Three generations of rockstars  – everyone from Iron Maiden, to Deftones, to blink-182, to A Day To Remember – came, drank, and got merry. Perhaps some a little too merry. Most importantly, some of those rockstars were crowned 2016 Kerrang! Award winners, and stumbled up to the stage to pick up their K!-shaped trophies, while others lost out, and spent the evening crying into their pizza. There, there, guys.

“I’m just a year older than Kerrang! And every day my knees hurt and I’m out of breath putting my socks on,” says Kerrang! Editor James McMahon. “But what the night’s mayhem confirmed to me, is that even three and a half decades into it’s existence, Kerrang! is as fit and lithe as it’s ever been. No other brand could unite stars old and new like Kerrang!. Bound by booze, yes, but by a shared spirit and passion for rock ‘n’ roll too. Because the night was, from start to finish, one of those nights that sear themselves into your memory – where fans, bands, mag, friends old and new, became one mass of love for a style of music a group of people were so obsessed with 35 years ago they started a magazine, just because one didn’t exist to cover it. By fans, for fans. Thirty five years young. Last night was the best birthday party ever.”

Now, we’ve got an epic clean-up job to undertake before we scoot off to Download Festival (once we’ve figured out who threw up on our suitcases…) So while we do that, why don’t you guys take a look at the winners…

KERRANG! AWARDS – FULL WINNERS LIST

 

BEST RADIO SHOW

Nights With Alice Cooper – Planet Rock

 

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

Presented by Planet Rock

Deftones

 

KERRANG! LEGEND

Presented by Ghost Vodka

Iron Maiden

 

KERRANG! HERO

Thin Lizzy

 

THE ICON AWARD

blink-182

 

SPIRIT OF PUNK

Frank Carter

 

BEST EVENT

Presented by K! TV

You Me At Six – The Ghost Inside Benefit Show

 

BEST BRITISH BAND

Presented by WWE2K17

Asking Alexandria

 

BEST BRITISH NEWCOMER

Presented by Help Musicians UK

Creeper

 

BEST INTERNATIONAL NEWCOMER

Presented by Troxy

Cane Hill

 

BEST TRACK

Presented by K! Radio

All Time Low – Missing You

 

BEST LIVE BAND

BABYMETAL

 

BEST ALBUM

Presented by Zippo

No Devotion – Permanence

 

BEST INTERNATIONAL BAND

Presented by Fireball

A Day To Remember

 

BEST FANBASE

twenty one pilots

 

BEST FILM

Deadpool

 

BEST TV SHOW

Making A Murderer

 

 

BEST VIDEO GAME

Rise Of The Tomb Raider

 

BEST COMICBOOK

The Wicked + The Divine

 

BEST FESTIVAL

Bloodstock

 

BEST COMEDIAN

Amy Schumer

 

TWEETER OF THE YEAR

Hayley Williams

HOLLYWOOD VAMPIRES VISIT DRACULAS CASTLE IN ROMANIA

The Hollywood Vampires met up at Dracula’s Castle, aka Bran Castle, in Romania a few days prior to their gig in Bucharest!  

As if that wasn’t enough, the band was joined by Tim Burton!  Check out the pics below! 

Alice Cooper Arrives At Bran Castle, aka Dracula’s Castle outside of Bucharest Romania. Photo by @cerealkyler

  

Alice Cooper And Tim Burton Arrive At Bran Castle, aka Dracula’s Castle outside of Bucharest Romania. Photo by @cerealkyler

  

Alice Cooper And Tim Burton Arrive At Bran Castle, aka Dracula’s Castle outside of Bucharest Romania. Photo by @cerealkyler

  

Johnny Depp And Matt Sorum Arrive At Bran Castle, aka Dracula’s Castle outside of Bucharest Romania. Photo by @cerealkyler

  

Bran Castle, aka Dracula’s Castle outside of Bucharest Romania. Photo by @cerealkyler