Johnny Depp’s band: The history of Hollywood Vampires

Most fans of actor Johnny Depp identify him by his participation in several Hollywood movies that have become box-office hits. However, few recognize him for his talents as a musician and even as a singer.

Recently, his longtime friendship with guitarist Jeff Beck led him to become a guest artist accompanying him on a worldwide tour, which brought out certain musical qualities that in 2012 led him to be part of a rock band called Hollywood Vampires.

A band unlike any other

At the invitation of Alice Cooper, Johnny Depp and Joe Perry became key players in a group that went from creating versions of their favorite songs to recording their own lyrics that gave rise to recording their first album where they invited other musicians such as Dave Grohl, Brian Johnson, Slash and even Sir Paul McCartney.

Inspired by the acceptance of their project, in 2019, they released a second album which they titled “Rise”, where according to its founders they managed to find their own sound, which was embodied in 13 original songs and only three versions.

Hollywood Vampires did not come from recycling members of other bands, but from bringing out the best of them without complexes.

The truth is that, even when they don’t record and release albums with certain regularity due to other commitments with the band, when they appear before their fans they achieve a certain empathy that other bands never reach, this is largely thanks to their casual style of hard rock.

Between drinks and inspiration

From the origins of the band’s unique name to how Depp views music versus acting, here’s the truth about Johnny Depp’s band, the Hollywood Vampires.

According to Robert Sellers’ book “An A-Z of Hellraisers,” Alice Cooper formed a group of drinking buddies he dubbed the “Hollywood Vampires.” Made up of well-known actors and musicians such as Ringo Starr, John Lennon, Keith Moon and John Belushi, the friends would meet at the Rainbow Bar & Grill on the Sunset Strip and indulge in their favorite alcoholic beverages. To join the band, you had to outdrink them, an almost impossible feat, but some managed it.

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