JUNE 13th 2016
HOLLYWOOD VAMPIRES

Review by Char Tupper

This next review goes out to the classic head bangers from back in 1969, who used to head over to the Rainbow Bar and Grill and enjoy Hollywood Vampires from the bar upstairs. The news you have been waiting for, and for your “new age” rockers, you will enjoy this too, Hollywood Vampires are back, and with a trio unlike any other. Before I dive into the details of the record, let me give those new to this whole “rock and roll” thing, a brief history of the band.

Forming originally in 1969 in Los Angeles, CA, Hollywood Vampires consisted of numerous musicians that either lived or passed through the city at the local bar performing cover songs and simply having a great time. There is one, tiny detail though, that to be able to join the club that is, Hollywood Vampires, you had to out drink everyone else in the band, if you could do that, welcome to the club. Time has since passed since the initiations of the group, but Alice Cooper and his good friend, Johnny Depp got together and decided to bring the spirit of the band back out of the coffin and bring it to life (maybe with a little less drinking).  Alice and Johnny were later joined by Joe Perry (Aerosmith), now with the trio formed, it was time to record an album and raise the spirit and bring back Hollywood Vampires, but this time, outside the bar and to the big stage.

The album is a hit from start to finish, the songs vary from Led Zeppelin, The Who, The Doors, Jimi Hendrix, and countless others ranging from all forms of rock back in the era of when Hollywood Vampires formed. There’s also original tracks written by Johnny, Alice, and Joe that aren’t cover songs, and these tracks certainly stand out on their own. Unique and diverse, very different sounds from typical “Alice Cooper” or “Aerosmith” songs, but they still dwell on the catchy tunes of rock and roll, which I personally quite enjoy outside of my usual heavy metal. The cover songs are all performed well, which numerous tracks feature guest appearances by Sir Paul McCartney, Dave Grohl, Kip Winger, Slash, Brian Johnson, and countless others, the list of legends goes on for miles. Every single person that contributed made each and every cover what it is, and they are all absolutely amazing, I love the fact that they don’t sound exactly like the song, but they have their own “twist”. After all, if I want to hear the exact track, why not just go to the original, right? I want to hear a unique take on covers, a way of making it your own, but paying tribute to that artist or band, isn’t that the point? That being said, an interesting fact from this album, the lead track is a passage from “Dracula”, which was spoken by Sir Christopher Lee, the recording was done shortly before his passing which marked this his final appearance on a musical record. 

Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed listening to all the covers from various artists that I myself don’t quite know them all, but it has opened my eyes to “new” bands to go and check out in my spare time. The original tracks as well were phenomenal, well composed and kept my interest from that first pluck of the guitar string, to the last kick of the bass drum. If you missed their performance on the Grammy Awards back in February, well, don’t miss your chance to see them on tour this summer.  Make sure to sink your teeth into the super group, Hollywood Vampires, it will be worth biting into this new record and head over to see them perform.

U.S. TOUR:

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

EUROPEAN TOUR, MORE DATES TO BE ANNOUNCED:

Friday, May 27         Lisbon, Portugal     Rock in Rio
Sunday, May 29     Herborn Germany    Hessentag Festival
Monday, May 30    Stockholm, Sweden    Grona Lund
Wednesday, June 1     Horsens, Denmark     The Prison
Monday, June 6     Bucharest, Romania      Romexpo Parc C

Hollywood Vampires:
www.hollywoodvampires.com
www.facebook.com/HollywoodVampires
www.twitter.com/hollywoodvamps
www.instagram.com/hollywoodvampires