Joe Walsh told me somebody really needs to come out with a book, telling the story of the Hollywood Vampires – a group of rock stars that hung-out in L.A. In the first half of the 1970’s, including at the legendary Rainbow Bar and Grill on the Sunset Strip in Hollywood. One of the stories, about Anne Murray, has to do with Cooper’s longtime manager Shep Gordon, who signed the Canadian singer, and to get everyone’s attention, asked Lennon and his vampire friends, to shop up at the famed Troubadour Club, and create a photo opportunity featuring Murray, hence the photo above. More on Shep Gordon and HIS story here.
The original Hollywood Vampires included John Lennon, his pal Harry Nilsson, Micky Dolenz of the Monkees, Elton John lyricist Bernie Taupin, and the drummer from the Who – Keith Moon. Turns out Cooper is thinking about coming up with a documentary on the gang, and put out an open call for any Vampires-related memorabilia, by asking: “Where were you in the early 1970s? Los Angeles? The Sunset Strip?? You probably remember more than I do!” he wrote, adding that he’s in search of “photos, stories, artifacts and witnesses from this place in rock history.” Cooper set up a hashtag, #Hollywoodvampires, for people to submit any memories.
The new Hollywood Vampires is a group lead by Alice Cooper and featuring, among others, Paul McCartney, Aerosmith’s Joe Perry and even Johnny Depp.
Perry revealed last year that he had recorded with McCartney as part of a secret project and now he has provided more details in an interview with Rolling Stone, explaining that the collaboration with McCartney is part of the cover-songs album. The Aerosmith guitarist says that they worked with Paul on the early Beatles label Apple’s signing Badfinger’s “Come and Get It,” which Paul wrote and produced for them.
McCartney “knew all the chords, the lyrics, everything,” said Perry (who perhaps didn’t know it was Paul’s song), adding, “He didn’t have any cheat sheets. It was like he’d been playing it his whole life.” He also explained what it was like to be in the studio with McCartney, “[We] were standing there and looking at each other and I tell you — if there’s any ego-lever in a room, it’s Paul. It doesn’t matter who you are or what you’ve done. If Paul’s in the room, he’s there. It was hard to focus on playing.”
More on the album in question when it’s ready to come out. The Hollywood Vampires have but one scheduled show to come — an appearance at Rock in Rio in late September but Joe Perry has alluded to a tour and says he’s looking forward to playing onstage with Depp.