On the heels of another disappointing release with Mortdecai, it seems that at the age of 51 Johnny Depp has decided to pursue a new career path: rock star. After stating in Rolling Stone last month that “actors who start bands make me sick”, Depp is slated to perform at Rock in Rio in September with a new “supergroup” called The Hollywood Vampires. Who’s joining the Pirates of the Caribbean actor on his quest for rock and roll fame? None other than Alice Cooper and Aerosmith’s Joe Perry.
Depp has made a habit of joining bands on stage of late, having jammed on guitar with both Alice Cooper and Aerosmith in 2014. Depp’s rock credentials include being besties with Keith Richards (and playing his son in Pirates of the Caribbean), guesting in several Paul McCartney music videos, and playing guitar with everyone from Eddie Vedder and Marilyn Manson to Ryan Adams and The Black Keys.
Still, though, it’s a shame the original Hollywood Vampires never played a gig together. The Hollywood Vampires was the name dubbed by Alice Cooper in the 1970’s for a drinking club of rock stars that included himself, John Lennon, Keith Moon, Harry Nilsson, Ringo Starr, and Bernie Taupin among others.
Alice Cooper made the announcement through his Instagram account:
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Confirmed! #RockInRio announces Debut Of #TheHollywoodVampires! The #Supergroup, featuring #AliceCooper, #JohnnyDepp and #JoePerry plays on the same night as #QueensOfTheStoneAge and #SystemOfADown ————————————————- Rio de Janeiro, February 11, 2015 – The organizers of Rock in Rio have just announced that Hollywood Vampires will be playing at the Main Stage of the Brazilian edition of the festival, which takes place at the City of Rock, on September 18, 19, 20, 24, 25, 26 and 27. The band, featuring rock icon Alice Cooper, American Actor, Producer and Musician Johnny Depp and Joe Perry, lead guitarist for Aerosmith will play on the same night as Queens of the Stone Age and System of a Down. Alice Cooper, a pioneer of hard rock with a theatrical touch, began his solo career at the end of the 1970s, with classic albums like “Welcome To My Nightmare”, ”Lace and Whiskey", “From the Inside" and Constrictor". A gifted actor, with over 50 films throughout his career, Johnny Depp actually started his career as musician and is a renowned rock enthusiast. His musical ability has already been proven and witnessed by artists including Marylyn Manson, Steven Tyler (Aerosmith) and Keith Richards (Rolling Stones), amongst others. Joe Perry is considered one of the best guitarists of all times by Rolling Stone magazine and he is a Rock n’ Roll hall of Fame and Songwriters Hall of Fame recipient together with his partners in crime Aerosmith. Alice Cooper and Johnny Depp have been partners for a while and now with Joe Perry also on Hollywood Vampires, they will “rock it out “ yet once again. The sixth Brazilian edition of Rock in Rio will be hosted in the City of Rock, in Rio de Janeiro (Parque dos Atletas – Av. Salvador Allende, no number), on an area covering more than 150,000 m2. Initial attractions include Katy Perry, System Of A Down, Queens of the Stone Age and A-Ha, playing on the Main Stage, and John Legend, confirmed for the Sunset Stage. ————————————————- #rocknroll #vampires #brazil #rio #aerosmith #legends #JohnVarvatos #concert
Below, watch a video of Johnny Depp, Alice Cooper, and Joe Perry (along with Perry’s Aerosmith band members) jamming on The Beatles’ “Come Together” from 2012:
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