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Unread post by Jack's Wench » Mon Apr 11, 2016 5:32 pm

Still no UK :tear:
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Jack's Wench wrote:Still no UK :tear:
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Unread post by jruoss » Tue Apr 12, 2016 3:21 pm

So many dates, but... looking at the North American dates, other than California, everything is oddly well north of the Mason Dixon line...
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Alice Cooper, Joe Perry on Hollywood Vampires Tour: It's About Fun

"You'd think there'd be ego, but there hasn't been one problem with ego in this whole thing," singer says of all-star group

By Kory Grow April 12, 2016


Hollywood Vampires – the supergroup featuring Alice Cooper, Johnny Depp and Joe Perry, among others – will be mounting an 18-date North American tour this summer, and that means one thing to the singer. "Apparently, Johnny's not making any movies this summer," he says with a big laugh. "I think he loves playing rock & roll more than he does making movies. He calls movies his day job."

Ever since the group put out its raucous self-titled debut last year – a collection of cover songs by artists Cooper calls his "dead drunk friends" that made it into the Top 10 of Billboard's hard-rock chart – Hollywood Vampires have only given short glimpses into what they're capable of live. They played a couple of star-studded gigs at Los Angeles' Roxy Theatre and a date at Brazil's mega-festival Rock in Rio, and they debuted a new original tune and paid tribute to Motörhead's Lemmy Kilmister with a fiery performance at the Grammy Awards this past February. Now, with each of the musicians' schedules somehow in alignment and the addition of Stone Temple Pilots' Robert DeLeo replacing bassist Duff McKagan, they're ready to take the show on the road. "This is a real band here," Cooper says. "We actually tour and do shows, argue, do everything." He laughs.

The singer and guitarist Joe Perry spoke to Rolling Stone in early April in anticipation of the tour, which kicks off in Verona, New York, on May 24th, to preview what fans should expect.

What can people expect on this tour?
Joe Perry: It's really about us having fun. Obviously, I love watching the audience get off, but to turn around and look at the people onstage with me, I've just got to shake my head. Never in my wildest dreams. To have Matt Sorum and Johnny Depp and Alice – I mean, I've known Alice for years and years and years, but we've never really had the chance to play together. And Johnny's sat in with us a few times on Aerosmith shows, but we've never really had the chance to do something like this. So it's really exciting. All that excitement is what we're going to bring to the stage and put it out there for the audience.

Will it be a theatrical show, like an Alice gig?
Alice Cooper: I don't think it needs to be theatrical. It needs to have its own flavor.

Perry: It'll be a good rock show. I don't think we're going to go in with a bunch of bombs, fireworks and all that stuff. I don't think we need that. And it takes away from the music. We'll just let the music do the talking.

Joe, how would you describe Johnny Depp as a guitar player?
Perry: He's really into the blues. You just have to look at his guitar collection. I'd say most of the guitars he has out, ready to be played are old Martins from the Thirties, Forties, Fifties, the early stuff. But there's that movie Chocolat, where he played the river gypsy, and he's playing guitar around the campfire and they're dancing. That's him playing; that's not a trick of the camera. When I found that out, that's when I knew how much he's gotten into guitar. He can sit in probably with just about anybody, and really blow them away. He's really good.

How did you get Robert DeLeo to replace Duff?
Perry: About a week before we found out that Duff was going with GN'R, I got a text from Robert. I've known him since right after their first record came out. He came up to [my studio,] the Boneyard, and Steven and I and him spent a weekend and wrote some songs together. I don't think anything ended up on a record, but we got to know each other. And he's a really amazing musician. So when I brought his name up as a potential to fill in Duff's spot, everybody was "Yea." He's really, I'd say, underestimated. I think he's going to knock everybody out. We're going to miss Duff, but I think him and Matt will get along great musically. I think it will be a really good matchup.

Who else did you consider for bass?
Cooper: I was suggesting John Paul Jones. He's not doing anything. Come on. Or Geezer Butler. He might be good, too, but Black Sabbath are on their last tour. And there's always that McCartney guy. He plays bass, doesn't he?

What songs are you looking forward to playing on the road?
Cooper: Pretty much everything that's on the album. It's going to be "My Generation" and "I've Got a Line on You." And there are three or four original songs: "Dead Drunk Friends," "Raise the Dead" and "Bad as I Am." I think "Bad as I Am" made its bones because of our performance on the Grammys. It was Number Two on the hard-rock chart.

Perry: "As Bad as I Am" really stands out to me. It's a really powerful rock song. And then I love playing anything by the Who, especially "My Generation." With this band, it kicks ass.

Will you be adding any cover songs?
Cooper: We didn't have Bowie in the set, and now that he's passed, we will. And we'll probably keep "Ace of Spades" in. If Lemmy were still alive, we would have asked him to join when Duff jumped out.

What David Bowie songs would you want to do?
Cooper: We wouldn't do the dance stuff. We would go back to "Rebel Rebel" and "Suffragette City," because that stuff just rocked. Even though we were in competition in the Seventies, I would sit and listen to those albums and go, "Wow, this guy's good." You absorb it and it becomes part of your life just like anything else. In fact, if you do "Suffragette City," it's exactly the same chords as "Under My Wheels." We used to do "Under My Wheels," and at the end, I'd sing, "Suffragette City" instead of "Under my wheels."

There's a looseness to the way you play your songs.
Cooper: That's it. Every band that's ever made it was a bar band at some point. It was a band that played four hours a night and had to do "Mustang Sally" and every dance song that ever was, and that's how a band gets good. It's an old tradition to go back to that and be a bar band again, only we're a pretty big bar band [laughs].

You're a bar band that plays the Barclays Center.
Cooper: That's not a bad bar band right there. And anyone can get up there and play. If Jimmy Page was in town, I'd say, "You wanna play on 'Train Kept-a-Rollin''? Come on up." Anybody that's in that era or made their name doing that, I would absolutely include them at any time because you know they can step in and play any song you've got up there. They're not novices and we have a common language. You say "Back in the U.S.S.R.," and everybody knows that song.

Have you been recording new songs?
Perry: I'm hoping we can knock a few off before we go out. But even if we don't, we certainly have enough songs between the deluxe Vampires record and, hey, we're free to play whatever we want.

Cooper: The funny thing is I'm writing right now for my new album. And we're also writing for the Vampires album. So there's two separate things going on. Every time I come up with an idea that doesn't quite fit my album, I think, "Let's direct this more towards the Vampires." But I think Johnny and these guys are always working over there, and everybody in the band is always writing. So when we get together, everybody will just plop a bunch of stuff down on the table and say, "What fits?"

With so many big personalities in the band, how do you expect traveling to go?
Cooper: It might be worth documenting. The fun thing about this is when I said we argued earlier, I was joking. I never heard an argument. Even in rehearsal. You'd think there'd be ego problems in this, but there hasn't been one problem with ego in this whole thing. I think everybody's just happy to be doing it because it's fun to do.

Perry: We'll all have our own buses, but I have a feeling that there will be a lot of switching around just to hang out depending on the drives. We're all friends. And the tour's pretty intense. It'll give us some time to hang out. So I'm really looking forward to it. We'll see how it goes.

Hollywood Vampires will set out on their first comprehensive North American tour this summer.

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Unread post by Tara » Wed Apr 20, 2016 12:51 am

Is anyone else having issues with the Hollywood Vampire official site? The outlay has been changed and the tour date for Germany and Sweden are no longer on the list (although Portugal is). The shop link doesn't seem to be working either. :perplexed:
Any ideas?

http://www.hollywoodvampires.com/tour

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Unread post by Joni » Wed Apr 20, 2016 1:14 am

Tara wrote:Is anyone else having issues with the Hollywood Vampire official site? The outlay has been changed and the tour date for Germany and Sweden are no longer on the list (although Portugal is). The shop link doesn't seem to be working either. :perplexed:
Any ideas?

http://www.hollywoodvampires.com/tour
There is a "Contact" link on their site -- I suggest you give that a try. I imagine it's not unusual for tour dates or cities to be changed. Sorry I can't be of more help.

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Unread post by Tara » Thu Apr 21, 2016 12:35 am

:thanks!: for answering me Joni. I have checked the site today and it's back in working order, so either the site was experiencing a glitch or my computer was. Either way it's back up and running fine. :yahoo:

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Joe Perry talks Aerosmith future, says Hollywood Vampires will be in CNY for a week

Geoff Herbert | gherbert@syracuse.com By Geoff Herbert | gherbert@syracuse.com

on April 25, 2016 at 8:33 AM, updated April 25, 2016 at 9:26 AM

Joe Perry says his new supergroup, the Hollywood Vampires, will be staying in Central New York for about a week next month.

The rock band, which features the Aerosmith guitarist, singer Alice Cooper and guitarist (and sometimes actor) Johnny Depp, is scheduled to kick off their first-ever tour next month at the Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, N.Y. The group played a handful of shows in L.A. and the Rock in Rio festival in Brazil last year, but CNY will be the first to see them live in 2016 since their performance at the Grammy Awards in February.

In a phone interview with syracuse.com, Perry said the band will be at the Turning Stone for "five or six days of rehearsing" for the first-ever Hollywood Vampires tour, which will hit 17 other cities across North America.

"It just worked out," Perry explained. "Everyone's schedule is so different... It's late in the season and most everybody [else] already booked their tours. We needed a space to rehearse [and] the venue was open. It was just one of things, just really lucky."

The 65-year-old rocker said they'll "go over the songs together" and plan set lists, which will likely resemble the band's sole album, titled "Hollywood Vampires." Most tracks are covers of artists like The Who, Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, Pink Floyd and The Doors, but a handful of originals like "My Dead Drunk Friends" are co-written by Depp and others.

"We've got all those songs to pick from and you never know what else we might throw in there. There's so many cool songs that we like," Perry said.

Hollywood Vampires also featured bassist Duff McKagan at the Grammys, but he'll be busy with the Guns N' Roses reunion tour. As a result, the touring Vampires lineup will include Stone Temple Pilots bassist Robert DeLeo, drummer Matt Sorum (The Cult, Guns N' Roses), guitarist Tommy Henriksen (Alice Cooper) and multi-instrumentalist Bruce Witkin (from Johnny Depp's group The Kids). Cooper takes lead vocals, while Perry and Depp both play guitar.
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But how did the actor, best known for starring in quirky Tim Burton movies and the popular "Pirates of the Caribbean" franchise, end up in the band?

Depp originally wanted to be a musician, but his movie career took off after "21 Jump Street" and "A Nightmare on Elm Street" in the '80s. He never gave up his first love, though, and continued playing guitar.

Perry told syracuse.com that he first realized Depp's guitar skills were legit in the Oscar-nominated movie "Chocolat." Depp plays Roux, a travelling guitarist who falls for a French chocolatier (Juliette Binoche).

"I heard that he played guitar and, you know, a lot of people play guitar," Perry said. "[In the movie] he's playing some pretty intricate guitar licks... and then when I found out it was actually him playing it, I was like 'No s---. This guy can [play].'"

"And especially when he comes up on stage and his amp is right next to yours, you can really hear he's got the chops.... This guy can rock. And he does. And he loves it. He's a great player."

From there, a friendship and talks of touring together led to the formation of Hollywood Vampires, named after a celebrity drinking club formed by Cooper in the 1970s. (Members reportedly included Keith Moon, Ringo Starr, Micky Dolenz, John Belushi and Harry Nilsson, as well as various stars passing through for a night like John Lennon, Keith Emerson or Joe Walsh.)

Perry said the timing for Hollywood Vampires worked out really well for everyone. Depp recently wrapped his fifth go as Jack Sparrow in "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales" (in theaters May 26, 2017) and Aerosmith is on hiatus while singer Steven Tyler works on his latest solo effort, a country album.

"[Steven has] been wanting to do this for a long time and it actually worked out well so I could focus on [my own] solo stuff," Perry explained. "It's going to be a lot different from any other records I've done. And also, doing this means a lot of guys I never get to see. The Vampires thing fell together and I got to record an album with those guys and now we're headed out there on a tour together. You know, it's pretty exciting."

Rolling Stone reports Perry recently hit the recording studio with Iggy Pop and New York Dolls singer David Johansen, for the "funky" solo album. He released a single earlier this month, "I'll Do Happiness," featuring British rocker Terry Reid.

Still, fans always want to know: Will Perry and Tyler, also known as the Toxic Twins, reunite for another Aerosmith album or tour? The Rock and Roll Hall of Famers last played Syracuse at the 2010 New York State Fair and briefly toured last year, but no new Aerosmith has been released in four years.

Tyler recently said he thinks the band, whose hits include "Sweet Emotion," "Walk This Way" and "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing," will get together one last time for a farewell tour. Perry told Rolling Stone that they've discussed it in the past, but denied ever making any solid plans.

"We go through a cycle," Perry told syracuse.com. "We'll make a record, and then we tour behind it..."

"Everybody wants to do another Aerosmith record, but I really can't say when it's going to be or when the next big tour will be."

Perry said Aerosmith may tour in the U.S. next summer, but for now the only safe bets are the Vampires and his latest solo project.

Hollywood Vampires will perform at the Turning Stone Event Center on Tuesday, May 24 at 8 p.m. Tickets are available for $64-$74 through Ticketmaster, the Turning Stone Box Office, and by phone at 1-877-833-SHOW.


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From billboard:


Alice Cooper on Prince: 'He Kept Trying to Steal Orianthi Out of My Band'
4/26/2016 by Gary Graff

Alice Cooper was a big fan, but he never met Prince. He did, however, engage in a bit of push-and-pull with Prince over a fellow musician.

"The only real relationship we ever had was he kept trying to steal Orianthi out of my band," Cooper tells Billboard, referring to guitarist Orianthi Panagaris, who's also worked with Michael Jackson, Carrie Underwood, Dave Stewart and, most recently with former Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora. "Every time I talked to Orianthi she'd be on the phone and say, 'It's Prince again.' I said, 'Could you tell him that you're with me for about the next year' -- kidding, of course. I know that he liked to have pretty girls in his band. Other than that I don't think I ever talked to the guy."

Cooper did, however, have "total respect for him. Nobody really got how good of a guitar player he was -- just a great, great guitar player. Musicians knew how good he was. I don't think the public knew how good he was, though."

Hollywood Vampires -- Even Johnny Depp -- Going on International Summer Tour

Cooper himself is stealing away a little time from his own band to work with Hollywood Vampires, the supergroup he and actor Johnny Depp formed for a self-titled, mostly covers album that came out last September. After playing a few shows last year, they have 22 dates in North America and Europe booked, starting May 24 in Verona, NY. "I was expecting to do five shows this summer with the band, so I'm pleasantly surprised," Cooper says. "I was like, 'Wow, how did we get Johnny away from the movie business for that long?' He's just decided he's gonna take that time off and do the Vampire thing."

The concerts will feature songs from the Hollywood Vampires album, including two originals, along with the new track "As Bad As I Am" that the group performed at the 58th Annual Grammy Awards. With Aerosmith's Joe Perry, Stone Temple Pilots bassist Robert DeLeo and former Guns N' Roses/Velvet Revolver drummer Matt Sorum on board, the shows will be kept "loose" in order to accommodate any musical friends who might want to join on a given night and won't have the same kind of visual theatrics as one of Cooper's concerts.

"I think that who's on stage is the show," explains Cooper, who calls the Vampires "a super bar band."

"I think you're going to see that a Vampires show, musically, is tight, but I think visually it's not going to be anywhere like an Alice show as far as this happens here, this happens there. I wanted to have some looseness to it. Even the makeup; sometimes I go back to the band and go, "Makeup or no makeup? You want me to be this Alice or that Alice?'"

The Vampires are also planning to record another album, according to Cooper, this time getting away from the covers that populated the group's debut. "The next album will be all new stuff," says Cooper, who also has a new album of his own in motion including collaborations with original Alice Cooper band members Michael Bruce, Dennis Dunaway and Neal Smith. "We're already writing for the next album. I don't now what Joe's gonna bring. I don't know what Johnny's gonna bring in. I know there's three or four songs I've started writing for the next Alice album, and I've already gone, 'It doesn't work for our album, but that might work for a Vampires album,' which I think is a little more modern rock. It's still guitar rock, but it might have more elements of modern rock."

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Unread post by humiliatedgrape » Wed May 18, 2016 6:13 pm

Looks like rehearsals getting ready for the tour! :elvis:

And he really did get his hair cut. Looks VERY nice :drool:



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Suzanne Allison posted rehearsal pics on FB.
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Unread post by Veronica » Thu May 26, 2016 6:51 am

The Hollywood Vampires are actually coming to Ohio in July! Nothing ever happens in Ohio! Least of all Johnny Depp step foot in this state! I have my tickets! :biggrin:
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Unread post by ibbi 3 » Thu May 26, 2016 9:04 am

Veronica wrote:The Hollywood Vampires are actually coming to Ohio in July! Nothing ever happens in Ohio! Least of all Johnny Depp step foot in this state! I have my tickets! :biggrin:
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