Hollywood Vampires Returning in 2018

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The Hollywood Vampires – Alice Cooper, Joe Perry and Johnny Depp – have expanded their 2018 global tour with over a dozen concerts already including their first performances in Germany. These dates are among the first leg of what they say will be a global tour.

From the announcement: “What started with an intimate, star-studded show at the Roxy Theatre in Los Angeles for family and friends… the Vampires set their sights on playing in as many places as possible. Their wildly successful summer tour in 2016, took them to more than 23 cities in seven countries… and headlining festivals such as Rock in Rio to more than 100,000 fans.”

The band notes they’ll be joined by “some of their rock star musician friends and modern-day Vampires.” Details “will be announced soon.”

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The Hollywood Vampires‘ live repertoire includes their original single “Bad As I Am” from their debut album The Hollywood Vampires released in 2015, as well as renditions of classic rock favorites including “My Generation,” “Whole Lotta Love,” and a “School’s Out”/“Another Brick in the Wall” medley.

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The story of the Hollywood Vampires began in 1969 on the Sunset Strip at the Rainbow Bar & Grill’s upstairs bar. It was a gathering place for the rock stars living in or passing through L.A. “To join the club, one simply had to out drink all of the members,” says Alice Cooper, a founding member of the original Vampires.

​Cooper and Depp got together and decided the spirit of the Hollywood Vampires should live again (minus the drinking). The two were joined by Perry, an old friend of both, and the recording began: a tribute to the original Hollywood Vampires. (Among them were such now late figures as John Lennon, Jim Morrison, Keith Moon, Harry Nilsson, John Bonham and others.)

Cooper told Best Classic Bands: “Here we are in the studio making these records of these guys, and everybody in the studio is sober. Johnny’s sober, Joe’s sober, I’m sober, [producer] Bob Ezrin’s sober. Everybody that comes in is drinking coffee or Diet Coke and we’re making this record of these guys that wouldn’t ever have a Diet Coke in their life and at the time when we were drinking with them. If you had said ’30 years from now you’re going to be doing a record honoring these guys and you’re going to be in top shape, and you’re going to be drinking Diet Coke’ I would have said ‘You’re out of your mind,’ because none of us planned to live past 30.”

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Hollywood Vampires 2018 Tour Dates (Tickets are on StubHub)

May 28 – Moscow, Russia – Olympisky
May 30 – St. Petersburg, Russia – Ice Palace
June 02 – Hamburg, Germany – Stadtpark
June 04 – Berlin, Germany – Zitzdele Spandau
June 10 – Helsinki, Finland – Rockin’ Helsinski
June 12 – Warsaw, Poland – Torwar
June 13 – Prague, Czech Republic – Prague Rocks 2018
June 14 – Mönchengladbach, Germany – Sparkassenpark
June 24 – Dessel, Belgium – Graspop Festival
June 27 – Munich, Germany – Tollwood
June 29 – Frankfurt, Germany – Jahrhunderthalle
June 30 – Klam, Austria – Clam Castle
July 03 – Zurich, Switzerland – Samsung Hall
July 07 – Lucca, Italy – Summer Festival
July 08 – Rome, Italy – Rock in Roma

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