The Hollywood Vampires, the new all-star group led by Alice Cooper and actor Johnny Depp, played their debut concert Wednesday at the Roxy Theatre in West Hollywood, California.
While a variety of famous rockers contributed to the band’s just released self-titled debut album, the live version of the group featured a core lineup that included Aerosmith’s Joe Perry, and ex-Guns N’ Roses members Duff McKagan and Matt Sorum, and was augmented by various guest musicians.
Yahoo! Music reports The Hollywood Vampires’ set featured most of the songs that appear on the new record, including the original tunes “Raise the Dead” and “Dead Drunk Friends,” and covers of such classic songs as The Who’s “My Generation,” Led Zeppelin’s “Whole Lotta Love,” John Lennon’s “Cold Turkey,” T. Rex’s “Jeepster,” and The Jimi Hendrix Experience “Manic Depression.” The latter featured guest appearances by Rage Against the Machine’s Tom Morello and Black Sabbath’s Geezer Butler, neither of whom contributed to the album.
Jane’s Addiction singer Perry Farrell was on hand to recreate his vocal on the group’s version of Harry Nilsson’s “Jump into the Fire,” while Cooper buddy Kesha took on “Whole Lotta Love.”
In addition, longtime Who touring drummer Zak Starkey Ringo Starr’s son took the stage to play on a rendition of The Who’s “I’m a Boy,” a tune not featured on the Hollywood Vampires album.
Near the end of the show, Kesha, Morello and Farrell returned to the stage for the group’s mashup of the Copper classic “School’s Out” and Pink Floyd’s “Another Brick in the Wall Pt. 2.”
The concert ended with a raucous medley of “Dead Drunk Friends,” Cooper’s “Billion Dollar Babies,” The Yardbirds’ “Train Kept a Rollin'” and The Rolling Stones’ “Brown Sugar” and “Honky Tonk Women.”
Hollywood Vampires are scheduled to play a second show at the Roxy tonight, and also will perform at Brazil’s Rock in Rio festival Thursday, September 24.
As we know, the Hollywood Vampires album was conceived as a tribute to the late rock stars who, along with Cooper, were members of an informal drinking club of the same name during the 1970s. Among the many well-known musicians who lent their talents to the record were Paul McCartney, AC/DC’s Brian Johnson, The Eagles’ Joe Walsh, The Doors’ Robby Krieger, Slash and Dave Grohl.
For more details about the project, visit HollywoodVampires.com.
You can check out fan-shot video of several of the performances at Yahoo! Music and on YouTube.