Hollywood Vampires played four North American shows over the past week giving UK fans a possible insight into what to expect from their upcoming tour.
Alice Cooper, Johnny Depp and Joe Perry’s quartet of American and Canadian shows were their first headline dates in more than a year and the sprawling 19-song setlist featured six Hollywood Vampires tracks - ‘Raise the Dead’, ‘My Dead Drunk Friends’, ‘As Bad As I Am’, and new compositions ‘I Want Mine Now’, ‘The Boogieman Surprise’ and ‘Bushwackers’.
Drawing from their own distinguished musical archives, Aerosmith’s ‘Sweet Emotion’, ‘Train Kept A-Rollin' (originally by Tiny Bradshaw) and ‘Combination’ together with Alice Cooper’s ‘I'm Eighteen’ and ‘School’s Out’ also featured.
Guitarist Johnny Depp took on vocals duties for two songs; The Jim Carroll Band’s ‘People Who Died’ and a cover of David Bowie’s seminal classic ‘Heroes’.
You can watch fan-filmed footage of Depp singing ‘Heroes’ right here:
Other covers that feature in the setlist include Spirit’s ‘I Got a Line on You’, Love’s ‘7 and 7 Is’, The Doors’ ‘Five to One’ and ‘Break On Through (to the Other Side)’, AC/DC’s ‘The Jack’ (watch it below), The Who’s ‘Baba O’Reilly’ and Motörhead’s ‘Ace of Spades’.
Speaking to the Evening Standard last week, Alice Cooper said UK fans will be ‘surprised’ by Johnny Depp’s guitar playing.
“He’s not new to playing on stage, people are going to be very surprised when they hear him play because they know him as Jack Sparrow,” Alice said.
“When they see a guitar in his band they going to say ‘wait a minute I didn’t have any idea he could play like that’. He’s a real guitar player. I wouldn’t be working with anybody that wasn’t as good as anybody I’ve worked with normally.
He continued: “Last year we were testing the waters to see if people were even going to be interested in what we were doing and we found that they were, we got great reactions and sold out quite a few places. I think a lot of that might have been out of curiosity, Joe Perry, Johnny Depp and Alice Cooper what a weird combination.”
Alice Cooper and Joe Perry © REX/Shutterstock
Tickets to Hollywood Vampires’ UK tour are on sale from Planet Rock Tickets now. See Hollywood Vampires, The Darkness and The Damned at the following shows:
Birmingham Genting Arena – Sat 16th
Manchester Arena – Sun 17th
Glasgow The SSE Hydro – Tue 19th
London The SSE Arena Wembley – Wed 20th
The touring band is as follows:
Alice Cooper - vocals
Johnny Depp - guitar
Joe Perry - guitar
Sheryl Cooper - vocals
Chris Wyse - bass
Tommy Henriksen - guitars/music director
Glen Sobel - drums
Buck Johnson – keyboards
The setlist at the Sands Bethlehem Event Center in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania on Monday night (21st May) was as follows:
I Want Mine Now
Raise the Dead
I Got a Line on You (Spirit cover)
7 and 7 Is (Love cover)
My Dead Drunk Friends
Five to One / Break On Through (to the Other Side) (The Doors cover)
The Jack (AC/DC cover)
Ace of Spades (Motörhead cover)
Baba O'Riley (The Who cover)
As Bad As I Am
The Boogieman Surprise
I'm Eighteen (Alice Cooper cover)
Combination (Aerosmith cover)
People Who Died (The Jim Carroll Band cover)
Sweet Emotion (Aerosmith cover)
"Heroes" (David Bowie cover)
Train Kept A-Rollin' (Tiny Bradshaw cover)
School's Out (Alice Cooper cover)