"The Vampires are pretty serious rock n' roll business. Even founding member Depp, was a verified rocker before he ever hit the big screen." - Rolling Stone
"New Hollywood Vampires resurrect 70's LA party spirit" - Los Angeles Times
"The chemistry between The Hollywood Vampires was instantaneous...like hearing a band at your local dive playing your favorite classic-rock covers, except the lineup was out of many fans' wildest imaginations. Crisp and tight from the jump, the Vampires made it clear that they took the gig and project seriously." - LA WEEKLY
The word "supergroup" gets thrown around a lot these days, but truly, it doesn't get much super-er than Hollywood Vampires' lineup" - YAHOO Music
The Hollywood Vampires (Alice Cooper, Johnny Depp, Joe Perry) made their television debut in front of a worldwide audience when they performed on the 58th Annual GRAMMY Awards, Feb 15th on CBS-TV. A super-group comprised of rock royalty and a Hollywood superstar, the Vampires hit the stage and offered fans a special surprise tribute to Motorhead, which became a highlight of "Music's Biggest Night".
The Hollywood Vampires live again with the release of a new digital deluxe version of their self-titled album available to all digital partners on Feb 12th. This expanded-version includes three additional songs, including one original and two rocking covers.
The deluxe-version includes the scorching new single "Bad As I Am" an original song penned by Johnny Depp, Tommy Henriksen, and Bruce Witkin and features Matt Sorum, Duff Mckagen, Joe Perry, Johnny Depp and Alice Cooper.
Also included is "I'm A Boy," a Who original, that was only available as a Japanese bonus track. "7 and 7 Is" is an unreleased track from the album sessions and is the classic song by the legendary Los Angeles band Love, a Vampires special pick and one that Alice covered on his underrated 1981 solo album, Special Forces.
A little history on the Vampires, in 1969 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 original Vampires.
Alice and good friend Johnny Depp got together and decided the spirit of the Hollywood Vampires should live again (minus the drinking). 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. An environment was born for great artists to hang, laugh and play together.
Joining the Hollywood Vampires for their GRAMMY performance was Matt Sorum on drums, Duff McKagan on bass, Tommy Henriksen on guitar, and Bruce Witkin on piano and guitar. During the recording of the album, Alice, Johnny and Joe and producer Bob Ezrin were joined by an amazing group of modern-day Vampires, including Perry Farrell, Dave Grohl, Sir Paul McCartney, Joe Walsh, Slash, Robbie Krieger, Zak Starkey, Brian Johnson and Kip Winger, to record tracks by their dead friends and heroes.
The album package, an antique book, was created by noted men's fashion designer (and rock fan) John Varvatos in his signature vintage style. All artist proceeds will be donated to MusiCares, an organization that provides a safety net of critical assistance (financial, medical and personal emergencies) for music people in times of need.
DIGITAL DELUXE ALBUM
- The Last Vampire (original track)
- Raise The Dead (original track)
- My Generation
- Whole Lotta Love
- I Got A Line On You
- Five To One / Break On Through
- One / Jump Into The Fire
- Come and Get It
- Cold Turkey
- Manic Depression
- Itchykoo Park
- School's Out / Another Brick in The Wall
- My Dead Drunk Friends (original track)
- I'm A Boy (Japanese bonus track)