Featuring legends Alice Cooper, Aerosmith’s Joe Perry, and actor/musician Johnny Depp, Hollywood Vampires brought their tour to Sonoma State University’s Green Music Center on Friday, July 22, delivering an exciting onslaught of reimagined cover songs, with a few originals, celebrating everything rock 'n' roll.
As the aforementioned trio hit the stage, along with other members - ex-GNR and Velvet Revolver drummer Matt Sorum, Stone Temple Pilot’s bassist Robert DeLeo, and guitarist Tommy Henriksen and keyboardist Bruce Witkin, both of whom have a laundry list of artists they’ve worked with – the at-capacity crowd roared with excitement as the first chords of their original song “Raise the Dead” were struck. Hollywood Vampires then launched into varying songs in tribute to artists they’ve all admired and worked, and befriended, over their illustrious careers.
Originally a celebrity drinking club founded by Cooper in the 1970s, Depp and Perry came up with the idea to form a band with the moniker as a tribute to those that have died in the past and recently. Fittingly, the band made their live television debut at the 58th Grammy Awards, with a tribute to long-time friend Lemmy Kilmister of Motorhead.
The show at the Green Music Center also marked the return of Joe Perry to the line-up, having missed the last two weeks of shows after walking off stage mid-performance in New York, and collapsing. He was rushed to the hospital, and while reports came in that he had a cardiac arrest, sources close to the band stated his collapse was due to a combination of “dehydration and exhaustion.” Perry showed no signs of slowing down, jamming solos between guitarists, including a behind-the-head solo on “Stop Messing Around” by Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac.
The 21-song set included numerous highlights from Jimi Hendrix's “Manic Depression," T. Rex’s “20th Century Boy” and “Bang A Gong," to a harmonica-infused “Whole Lotta Love” by Led Zeppelin, and Cooper’s own “I’m Eighteen." The sing-alongs didn’t stop throughout the night. Hollywood Vampires had everyone out of their seat with closer and encores “Sweet Emotion," “Train Kept a Rollin’,” and “School’s Out”, with periods of the crowd singing louder than the band.
Although the tour only has three more stops – Oregon, back in the Bay Area in Saratoga, and at the Paso Robles County Fair – this is a tour not to be missed, not only because of its sheer star power, but the band put on an unforgettable show. Cooper did tease that they will be back, so there’s still hope for another tour in the future. Check out all the photos from this show here.
- Raise the Dead
- I Got A Line On You (Spirit cover)
- Rebel Rebel (David Bowie cover)
- Suffragette City (David Bowie cover)
- Manic Depression (Jimi Hendrix cover)
- Five to One/Break On Through (To The Other Side) (The Doors cover)
- As Bad As I Am
- 20th Century Boy (T. Rex Cover)
- Bang a Gong (Get It On) (T. Rex Cover)
- Come Together (The Beatles cover)
- 7 and 7 Is…(Love cover)
- Whole Lotta Love (Led Zeppelin cover)
- My Dead Drunk Friends
- Stop Messing Around (Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac)
- Ace of Spades (Motorhead cover)
- Pinball Wizard (The Who cover)
- My Generation (The Who cover)
- I’m Eighteen (Alice Cooper cover)
- Sweet Emotion (Aerosmith cover)
- Train Kept A-Rollin’ (Tiny Bradshaw cover)
- School’s Out (Alice Cooper cover)