JULY 23rd 2016
 
HOLLYWOOD VAMPIRES


Review By: Metal Mom
Photos By: Char Tupper
Gallery: http://www.metaltitans.com/concertpics/hollywood-vampires/

Where do I begin, this was an amazing experience for me.  The drive down, should have taken 11 hours from Vancouver, Canada, but with all the accidents, rush hour, and just plain traffic in general, it took 15 hours. Glad I left the day before the show. The event took place July 23rd at the Britt Pavilion in Jacksonville Oregon. Would I do it again? Oh yeah, without a doubt, this concert was more than anything I could’ve imagined, and worth every minute of the 15 hour commute.

Up first was a band called 100 Watt Mind, a local band to the area.  Sadly didn’t see them play, as they were on a smaller stage in a different area, and I wasn’t aware of any opening acts, so just thought it was music being played while everyone piled in.

Johnny Irion hit the stage with his guitar before Hollywood Vampires. Didn’t know what to expect, never heard the name before.  I kind of judged before listening, but was surprised, he did an amazing job. He captured the attention of the audience and held it, which says a lot since everyone there was just waiting for the headliners. He did a superb job.

First I want to say that this show was an honour and a privilege to review. I know there are some, well many of you who are not aware of The Hollywood Vampires, so a brief bit of history is in order before I go any further.  Hollywood Vampires is an American rock super group formed in 2015 by Alice Cooper, Johnny Depp and Joe Perry to honor the music of the rock stars who died from excess in the 1970s. The band name derives from The Hollywood Vampires, a celebrity drinking club formed by Cooper in the 1970s which included but was not limited to: John Lennon and Ringo Starr of The Beatles, Keith Moon of The Who, and Mickey Dolenz of The Monkees. In 2015 the band released one studio album ‘Hollywood Vampires’, if you haven’t checked out the record, you should, it is a great CD.

Now to the review, this band in my eyes will sky rocket, yes, there are some big names here like Alice Cooper, Joe Perry (Aerosmith), Johnny Depp (actor, producer, musician), Matt Sorom (former Guns N’Roses), Robert Deleo (Stone Temple Pilots), Tommy Henriksen (Alice Cooper), and Bruce Willis (as Alice Cooper said tonight, hehe), we mean, Bruce Witkin (composer, musician). All these names, I am sure you recognize, but put them together and you are about to witness something out of the ordinary, a supergroup in the making. This band has so many talented musicians, that have come together to give each one of us something to remember for a long time. Truly you are in awe.

I didn’t know what to expect from Johnny Depp, I am use to his great talent up on the big screen, but once again, he rocked out on that stage like no one else, (and he looks pretty good up there as well, which 99% of the ladies surrounded me thought the same thing)

I have never been a fan of covers, but Hollywood Vampires has changed my mind of that, it really is an amazing experience to stand and listen to all that talent pulled together and cover all these bands with such perfection. WOW!!  Everyone in that audience were on their feet, singing, cheering, screaming, clapping their hands, having the time of their lives. Some of the people around me had no idea who was even in the band. (I think most came for Johnny Depp). I have been reviewing for 6 years now, and I have never seen a whole audience enjoy themselves so much.  Obviously the right combination of musicians plus the perfect selection of songs gave the crowd something that they soon would not forget. I know for me, I could have stayed many more hours listening and enjoying.

The band also paid tribute to fallen musicians like Keith Moon. Now I am going to get some flak for this one, but this is my opinion, The Hollywood Vampires did a cover of Lemmy’s (Motorhead) ‘Ace of Spades’, and it was over the top, excellent sound, vocals were phenomenal for this song, to me, when you can pull off a cover like this and have it sound better (in my opinion) then that says a lot about the band. Well done guys.

In truth, I don’t think I can really tell you just how amazing these guys are, they deserve a raving review, because they caught everyone’s attention on Saturday, held it to the very end and left us all with an incredible experience to take away. I have the CD, and play it non-stop, reliving my experience all over. Never before have I seen / experienced such an extraordinary performance.

I hope you had the chance to see their performance on this tour, if not, keep your eyes open, and maybe in the near future, they will do another tour, and when they do…..DON’T MISS IT. I won’t, I will drive to the closest city to see The Hollywood Vampires.

Set List:
1. Raise the Dead
2. I Got a Line on You (Spirit cover)
3. Rebel Rebel (David Bowie cover)
4. Suffragette City (David Bowie cover)
5. Manic Depression (The Jimi Hendrix Experience cover)
6. Five to One / Break On Through (to the Other Side) (The Doors cover)
7. As Bad As I Am
8. 20th Century Boy (T. Rex cover)
9. Bang a Gong (Get It On) (T. Rex cover)
10. Come Together (The Beatles cover)
11. 7 and 7 Is (Love cover)
12. Whole Lotta Love  (Led Zeppelin cover)
13. My Dead Drunk Friends (My favourite)
14. Stop Messin' Around (Fleetwood Mac cover) (Joe Perry on lead vocals)
15. Ace of Spades (Motörhead cover)
16. Pinball Wizard (The Who cover)
17. My Generation (The Who cover)
18. I'm Eighteen (Alice Cooper cover)
19. Sweet Emotion (Aerosmith cover)

Encore:
20. Train Kept A-Rollin' (Tiny Bradshaw cover)
21. School's Out (Alice Cooper cover) ("Another Brick in the Wall Pt. 2" snippet)