AEROSMITH‘s Steven Tyler and Marilyn Manson joined HOLLYWOOD VAMPIRES on stage last night (Saturday, May 11) at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles.
The show marked the second concert of a short spring West Coast tour by the HOLLYWOOD VAMPIRES, which features Alice Cooper, AEROSMITH‘s Joe Perry and actor Johnny Depp.
Manson came on for a cover of Cooper‘s own “I’m Eighteen”, while Tyler sang lead on Tiny Bradshaw‘s “The Train Kept A-Rollin'”.
Completing the HOLLYWOOD VAMPIRES live lineup are mainstay guitarist Tommy Henriksen (ALICE COOPER), along with rock star musician friends Glen Sobel (ALICE COOPER) on drums, Chris Wyse (THE CULT) on bass, and Buck Johnson (AEROSMITH) on keyboard and vocals.
The setlist was as follows:
01. I Want My Now
02. Five To One / Break On Through (THE DOORS cover)
03. The Jack (AC/DC cover)
04. Who’s Laughin’ Now
05. You Can’t Put Your Arms Around A Memory (JOHNNY THUNDERS cover)
06. My Dead Drunk Friends
07. Baba O’Riley (THE WHO cover)
08. Heroes (DAVID BOWIE cover)
09. Git From Round Me
10. I’m Eighteen (with Marilyn Manson) (ALICE COOPER cover)
11. The Train Kept A-Rollin’ (with Steven Tyler) (TINY BRADSHAW cover)
12. People Who Died (THE JIM CARROLL BAND cover)
13. We Gotta Rise
14. School’s Out / Another Brick In The Wall (ALICE COOPER / PINK FLOYD covers)
Unlike HOLLYWOOD VAMPIRES‘ 2015 debut record, the band’s upcoming sophomore LP, “Rise”, produced by guitarist Tommy Henriksen and the rest of the band, consists mainly of original material written by the musicians. However, in the spirit of the VAMPIRES‘ original mission, there are three covers of songs originally written and recorded by some fellow rockers who died far too young: an intimate and intense version of David Bowie‘s “Heroes”, beautifully performed by Depp; Jim Carroll‘s “People Who Died”; and Johnny Thunders‘s “You Can’t Put Your Arms Around A Memory”, sung by Perry.
Cooper told the the LA Weekly that fans should expect a really different second album from HOLLYWOOD VAMPIRES when “Rise” arrives on June 21.
“Johnny and Joe wrote together, while I was out with Glen Sobel who also plays in my band,” Cooper said. “Then we’d bring it together. It really feels like a real band now. Everyone is busy doing their own thing but then we come together and it’s very natural. It was fun to sing somebody else’s angst. Johnny‘s had a rough year, so a lot of his lyrics have been about that.”