The Hollywood Vampires was a drinking club of famous male rock stars in the '70s. Located at the Rainbow Bar and Grill in West Hollywood, the club had Alice Cooper, Elton John's lyricist Bernie Taupin, Harry Nilsson, The Monkees' Mickey Dolenz, John Lennon (when he was in town), Ringo Starr, T-Rex's Marc Bolan and The Who's drummer Keith Moon. There was even a plaque at the Rainbow that read: 'The Lair of the Hollywood Vampires."
Forty-five years later, Hollywood Vampires became a group formed by Cooper, actor/guitarist Johnny Depp and Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry.
Cooper, Depp and Perry made their live debut at the Roxy Theatre (West Hollywood) backed bassist Duff McKagan (ex-Guns N' Roses), drummer Matt Sorum (ex-Guns N' Roses), rhythm guitarist Tommy Henriksen, and keyboardist Bruce Witkin.
The two night stand took place just days after the group's self-titled album dropped. It contained 'tributes' to late club members: "My Generation" (Moon), "Break On Through (To The Other Side)" (Jim Morrison - The Doors), "One"/"Jump Into The Fire" (Nilsson), "Jeepster" (Bolan) and "Cold Turkey (Lennon).
The notable cast of supporting players on the album included Paul McCartney, Robby Krieger (The Doors), Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters), Slash (ex-GN'R) and Zak Starkey (Ringo's son). There was even a Christopher Lee voice-over on the song "The Last Vampire." It was recorded shortly before the actor's death.
2015 Hollywood Vampires