PREVIEW: Alice Cooper’s Hollywood Vampires Summer Tour

Hollywood Vampires, the Alice Cooper led supergroup that also features Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry and, yes, Captain Jack Sparrow himself, actor Johnny Depp, are set to kick off their North American tour on Friday, July 1, after releasing an album of mostly covers in September 2015, which was followed by a deluxe edition in February.  For the uninitiated, the name Hollywood Vampires is a nod to the infamous Hollywood Vampires Drinking Club, formed by Alice Cooper in the 70’s. While these guys are certainly getting up there in age, there’s no doubt Alice and Joe can still rock with the best of them. Alice Cooper recently toured with Motley Crue on their final tour, while Joe Perry has  been doing his own thing lately, and who knew Jack Sparrow played guitar? Obviously, this required video evidence, so I went to Youtube and searched for Johnny Depp playing guitar, and he’s actually pretty solid. Check him out with Aerosmith at The Hollywood Bowl back in 2012:

And if you’re wondering what Depp sounds like with Alice Cooper, here they are jamming together earlier this year, where he’s even got the bluesy-rockstar look going on:

So yeah, Johnny Depp can play guitar like a bad ass, apparently. It’s too bad Nick Cage roped him into acting, because he could have had the Stevie Ray Vaughan thing going on as a musician. But I digress, and we get back to the band in question that is Hollywood Vampires. I’ve seen Alice Cooper live twice, once opening for Iron Maiden and once with Motley Crue, and I’ve seen Joe Perry once when I went to an Aerosmith show just to see Slash’s band open for them. Anyone who has listened to rock long enough knows what to expect from both of these guys at this point. Joe Perry is Joe Perry, bad ass rock guitarist responsible for the riffs to some of the best songs ever written, and Alice Cooper is well known for his theatrics and on-stage visual effects, and I’d expect that to continue with Hollywood Vampires, at least to the extent of the heavy makeup if not his usual array of props and on-stage theatrics.

As far as what to expect from the band, they’re largely a cover band, performing some well known songs by well known artists, as well as covering some lesser known tracks on their self-titled album. For an idea of a possible tour setlist, they’re obviously going to be playing at least one or two Alice Cooper songs, along with some Aerosmith material. For their show on June 6th in Bucharest, Romania, shows they played My Generation and Pinball Wizard by The Who, along with Come Together and Whole Lotta Love by The Beatles and Led Zeppelin, respectively. They also played a pair of Bowie songs (Rebel Rebel and Suffragette City), along with Motorhead’s Ace of Spades.

Here’s the full setlist from the Bucharest show:

Raise The Dead

I Got A Line On You (Spirit)

20th Century Boy (T. Rex)

Pinball Wizard (The Who)

My Generation (The Who)

Manic Depression (The Jimi Hendrix Experience)

Cold Turkey (Plastic Ono Band)

Come Together (The Beatles)

7 and 7 is (Love cover)

Whole Lotta Love (Led Zeppelin)

Five To One/Break On Through (The Doors)

Rebel Rebel (David Bowie)

Suffragette City (David Bowie)

As Bad As I Am

Stop Messin’ Around (Fleetwood Mac)

My Drunk Dead Friends

Ace of Spades (Motorhead)

I’m Eighteen (Alice Cooper)

Sweet Emotion (Aerosmith)


Train Kept A Rollin’ (Tiny Bradshaw)

School’s Out (Alice Cooper)

It appears there are a couple original tracks here, and it’s absolutely no surprise they’re closing with Alice Cooper’s School’s Out. Take the setlist with a grain of salt, I’d expect Sweet Emotion and School’s Out to remain for the duration of the tour, along with Ace of Spades and probably Rebel Rebel, since the Motorhead and Bowie songs are essentially tributes to Lemmy and Bowie and I can’t see either of them being taken out of the rotation. I’d expect they’ll play Poison at some point, along with another Aerosmith song for good measure. Hopefully Spirit won’t sue for playing their music.

For a preview of what Hollywood Vampires will sound like live, check out the video of them performing Ace of Spades in Germany below:

And here are the dates for their tour. In bold is their local show at Coney Island Amphitheater, which we’re hoping to attend and will bring you a full review including photos if we can make that happen.

July 1 – Bethlehem, PA @ Sands Bethlehem Event Center
July 2 – Mashantucket, CT @ The Grand Theater at Foxwoods Casino
July 3 – Atlantic City, NJ @ Borgata Resort Spas and Casino Event Center
July 5 – Milwaukee, WI @ Summerfest BMO Harris Pavilion
July 7 – Aurora, IL @ River Edge Park,
July 8 – Orillia, ONT @ Casino Rama Entertainment Center
July 9 – Niagara Falls, NY @ Stage at Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino
July 10 – Brooklyn, NY @ Coney Island Amphitheater
July 12 – Kettering, OH @ Fraze Pavilion
July 13 – Mt. Pleasant, MI @ Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort
July 14 – Cadott, WI @ Rock Fest
July 16 – Clarkston, MI @ DTE Energy Music Theatre
July 18 – Fargo, North Dakota @ Scheels Arena
July 22 – Rohnert Park, CA @ Weill Hall
July 23 – Jacksonville, OR @ Britt Pavilion
July 24 – Saratoga, CA @ The Mountain Winery
July 25 – Paso Robles, CA @ Mid State Fair