On the heels of another disappointing release with Mortdecai, it seems that at the age of 51 Johnny Depp has decided to pursue a new career path: rock star. After stating in Rolling Stone last month that “actors who start bands make me sick”, Depp is slated to perform at Rock in Rio in September with a new “supergroup” called The Hollywood Vampires. Who’s joining the Pirates of the Caribbean actor on his quest for rock and roll fame? None other than Alice Cooper and Aerosmith’s Joe Perry.
Depp has made a habit of joining bands on stage of late, having jammed on guitar with both Alice Cooper and Aerosmith in 2014. Depp’s rock credentials include being besties with Keith Richards (and playing his son inPirates of the Caribbean), guesting in several Paul McCartney music videos, and playing guitar with everyone from Eddie Vedder and Marilyn Manson to Ryan Adams and The Black Keys.
Still, though, it’s a shame the original Hollywood Vampires never played a gig together. The Hollywood Vampires was the name dubbed by Alice Cooper in the 1970’s for a drinking club of rock stars that included himself, John Lennon, Keith Moon, Harry Nilsson, Ringo Starr, and Bernie Taupin among others.
Alice Cooper made the announcement through his Instagram account:
Below, watch a video of Johnny Depp, Alice Cooper, and Joe Perry (along with Perry’s Aerosmith band members) jamming on The Beatles’ “Come Together” from 2012: