Hollywood Vampires and The Darkness
MEN Arena: 17th June 2018
Whilst walking to the Hollywood Vampires gig a crazy drunk guy walked by us saying, “Hollywood Vampires, they just sing about dead people!”
Having not seen them before I had no idea what he was going on about, but as it happened he had a certain point. The band, whose core members are Alice Cooper, Joe Perry and Johnny Depp, themed their show around dead friends in a homage that included original songs (e.g. My Dead Drunk Friends and Boogieman Surprise) and a load of covers.
I have to admit I never thought I’d see Alice Cooper sing The Doors (Five to One / Break On Through to the Other Side) or Johnny Depp do a brilliant cover of David Bowie’s Heroes. Up until recently I didn’t even now Depp played guitar but he was probably the happiest rock guitarist I’ve seen, waving to fans with a massive grin on his face throughout the gig.
We were also treated to songs by the member’s other bands including Aerosmith’s Sweet Emotion, which was one of my favourites.
The encore borrowed from Alice Cooper’s own tour with a fantastic medley of School’s Out and Another Brick in the Wall.
Support band The Darkness were what sold this particular gig to me. Having seen them at Kendal Calling I am familiar with the spectacle and humour injected into each of their performances. With Justin Hawkins larking about dancing, doing handstands and inevitably removing his top they are so fun to watch, plus the music is great too.
Within their short time-slot they managed to fit in both new and classic tracks from debut album Permission to Land, ending on hit I Believe in a Thing Called Love. The crowd were well and truly warmed up and in good spirits for Hollywood Vampires.
Hollywood Vampires Set List:
I Want My Now
Raise the Dead
I Got a Line on You (Spirit cover)
7 and 7 Is (Love cover)
My Dead Drunk Friends
Five to One / Break On Through to the Other Side (The Doors cover)
The Jack (AC/DC cover)
Ace of Spades (Motörhead cover)
Baba O’Riley (The Who cover)
As Bad As I Am
The Boogieman Surprise
I’m Eighteen (Alice Cooper cover)
Combination (Aerosmith cover)
People Who Died (The Jim Carroll Band cover)
Sweet Emotion (Aerosmith cover)
Heroes (David Bowie cover)
Train Kept A-Rollin’ (Tiny Bradshaw cover)
School’s Out (Alice Cooper cover) (with ‘Another Brick in the Wall)