Rocker Alice Cooper and Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry have teamed up with actor Johnny Depp to form a brand new supergroup dubbed the Hollywood Vampires. The all-star group have announced they will perform at a Brazilian music festival this September.
Alice Cooper confirmed the band’s lineup and festival booking in an Instagram post. The Hollywood Vampires name is taken from Cooper’s 1970s drinking crew with John Lennon, Harry Nilsson, Keith Moon and Ringo Starr at the Los Angeles’ Rainbow Bar and Grill. Infamously, the stars had to outdrink all the other members in order to get into the club.
The Hollywood Vampires will perform this September on the main stage at Brazil’s Rock In Rio festival alongside Queens of the Stone Age and System of a Down.
This isn’t the first time Cooper and Depp have shared a stage together. After first meeting on the set of Tim Burton’s Dark Shadows, Depp later played guitar alongside Cooper at his 2012 gig at Los Angeles’ Orpheum, marking the 40th anniversary of his landmark debut album School’s Out.
“Johnny has this old school rock & roll feel in his playing. It is very choosy and thoughtful. He gets in and out and avoids overplaying, which a lot of players should learn from,” Cooper told Rolling Stone.
“He’s also not a stage hog, which surprised me at first. He’s happy being up there and enjoying the music, but he never makes it about him. What I really love about Johnny is that when he does music, it is for fun and because he loves music. He was a musician first, so I think it is really close to his heart.”
According to Rolling Stone, Depp also has musical ties with Joe Perry having contributed background vocals to Aerosmith’s Music From Another Dimension. He has also worked with other musicians including, Ryan Adams, Willie Nelson, Marilyn Manson and Paul McCartney.
The Hollywood Vampires have only announced their festival set so far but The Rock in Rio website notes that the supergroup has also recorded an album together. Cooper is expected to visit Australia this May while supporting Motley Crue on their farewell world tour.