The Hollywood Vampires unveil lineup for their first ever UK tour

The Countdown is on to one of the hottest tours of the summer with shows that are set to go down in rock history. In June the holy trinity of Alice Cooper, Joe Perry and Johnny Depp – the super group to troop all super groups will ignite stages all over the UK for the first time ever.

Collectively known as The Hollywood Vampires these Rock and Hollywood legends have now announced the full band line-up for all European and UK shows. With Cooper, Perry and Depp leading the pack the full band line-up will be compiled of…
ALICE  COOPER                    VOCALS
JOHNNY DEPP                       GUITAR
JOE PERRY                             GUITAR
SHERYL COOPER                   VOCALS
CHRIS WYSE                          BASS
GLEN SOBEL                           DRUMS
BUCK JOHNSON                    KEYBOARDS

There may also be one or two surprises on the night…. Who knows what the Vampires have hiding in their lair….

The story of the Hollywood Vampires began in the 1970s on the Sunset Strip at the Rainbow Bar & Grill’s upstairs bar.  It was a gathering place for the rock stars living in or passing through L.A.  “To join the club, one simply had to out drink all of the members,” says Alice Cooper, a founding member of the original Vampires, “I would walk in on a typical night and John Lennon, Harry Nilsson, Keith Moon—who would usually be in a costume like a maid or a chauffeur—Bernie Taupin, Jim Morrison and Mickey Dolenz would be there. The next week might be Bernie Taupin, Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison and Mickey Dolenz.”

Cooper and good pal Johnny Depp got together and decided the spirit of the Hollywood Vampires should live again (minus the drinking). They were joined by long time mutual friend Joe Perry and the recording began: a tribute to the original Hollywood Vampires.  An environment was born for great artists to hang, laugh and play together.  Sir Paul McCartney, Dave Grohl, Joe Walsh, Slash, Robbie Krieger, Zak Starkey and more stopped by to record. The Hollywood Vampires released their self-titled debut album in 2015 which included original single “Bad As I Am”, plus renditions of some iconic rock favourites and tracks which capture the Hollywood Vampires spirit.

Aerosmith guitarist Perry gave a teaser of what to expect at these shows…. “I don’t say things like this often, but this band is (bleeping) good,” Perry says. “There will be rumbling in ears and there might be blood trickling out of one ear,” Depp warns audience members. Adds Cooper: “Then we’ll know we’ve done our job,” – USA TODAY

Hollywood Vampires will be supported by THE DARKNESS and THE DAMNED
on all four UK dates

2003 gave birth to one of the most extraordinary and best loved bands in the UK. The Darkness released their debut album Permission To Land to overnight success, topping the UK charts, going 5x Platinum and selling over 1.5 MILLION copies in the UK alone. It spawned a series of hit singles including ‘I Believe In A Thing Called Love’, ‘Growing On Me’, ‘Get Your Hands Off My Woman’ and ‘Love Is Only A Feeling’. It clocked up a series of awards including three BRIT Awards, two Kerrang Awards and an Ivor Novello for ‘Songwriters Of The Year’ amongst many others.

The band have now returned in 2017 with Pinewood Smile, their first album to come through Cooking Vinyl. Ahead of the album’s announcement, The Darkness toured Europe in support of Guns N’ Roses and are playing a number of festivals in the UK and Europe during the summer.

Formed in 1976, The Damned released the first ever British punk single and album. They also broke further new ground, being the first UK punk act to tour America. The Damned still receive their dues in the US, where they are often cited as a major influence on many future rock acts, including icons such as Black Flag, Bad Brains, Green Day, The Offspring and Guns ’N’ Roses.  The band recently celebrated four decades together with a deluxe reissues package and a world tour.


16th June – Birmingham Genting Arena
17th June – Manchester Arena
19th June – Glasgow The SSE Hydro
20th June – London – The SSE Arena, Wembley


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