The supergroup – which features legendary rockstars Alice Cooper, Slash and Dave Grohl, award-winning actor Johnny Depp and Beatles legend Sir Paul McCartney – have come together to release an album as a tribute to the original band.
Alice, who was one of the founding members, said: “To join the club, one simply had to out drink all of the members. I would walk in on a typical night and John Lennon, Harry Nilsson, Keith Moon – who would usually be in a costume like a maid or a chauffeur -Bernie Taupin, Jim Morrison and Mickey Dolenz would be there. The next week might be Bernie Taupin, Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison and Mickey Dolenz.”
It was in 2012 when Alice decided, alongside the ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ star, to reinvigorate the Hollywood Vampires, a place where artists could play together and hang out. They were joined by Joe Perry and recording began. Others came on board and they started to work on recording tracks made famous by their late friends and heroes.
The group also recorded two original songs, one of which has an introduction played by the late Sir Christopher Lee before he passed away.
The liner notes, penned by original Hollywood Vampire Bernie Taupin, read: “I’m not here to defend their vices. Over-indulgence of any sort does not ultimately constitute for a healthy mind and body. And while on the periphery of those involved, wives may have come and gone, career choices may have been deemed dubious, and heartbreak in some cases stalked a dark corridor, but in the lair of the Hollywood Vampires only joy and laughter reigned.
“I’m not completely sure what constituted bad behavior back then, but in this lair it existed in a bubble, a hermetically sealed dome of fun. It may not have been the round table at the Algonquin, but these were witty, intelligent guys who often got raucous and loud, but rest assured there were no bystanders or animals hurt in the making of the Hollywood Vampires.”
The album will be released on September 11 with the artists’ proceeds being donated to MusiCares.