In the 1970s, a group of men sat in a loft at West Hollywood’s Rainbow Bar and Grill and formed a drinking club called the Hollywood Vampires. The hazing to get into the club? You had to out-drink all of the members.
But these weren’t just any guys. They were some of the biggest rock stars of the day, and they were well-versed in partying.
“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 chauffer – Bernie Taupin and Mickey Dolenz would be there,” says Alice Cooper, who is listed as President on a plaque that now hangs on the wall of the Rainbow Bar and Grill.
Three years ago, Cooper and his friend Johnny Depp decided to resurrect the Vampires club – minus the drinking – in a recording studio. Paul McCartney, Brian Johnson, Dave Grohl, Slash, Robby Krieger, Joe Perry and Joe Walsh are just some of the artists who joined together to record a covers album of music by the Doors, Led Zeppelin, the Who, and Harry Nilsson among others.
The album, produced by Bob Ezrin (Pink Floyd, Alice Cooper, Kiss, Lou Reed) also features two original songs that pay tribute to the original club.
Hollywood Vampires is due out September 11. You can pre-order it now on iTunes.
All artist proceeds from the album will be donated to MusiCares.
The album track listing is below.
1. The Last Vampire
2. Raise The Dead
3. My Generation
4. Whole Lotta Love
5. I Got A Line
6. Five To One/Break On Through
7. One/Jump Into The Fire
8. Come And Get It
10. Cold Turkey
11. Manic Depression
12. Itchycoo Park
13. School’s Out/Another Brick In The Wall Pt. 2
14. Dead Drunk Friends