The Hollywood Vampires are a newly formed group including Alice Cooper, Johnny Depp, and Joe Perry of Aerosmith, and will appear at the 2016 California Mid-State Fair in Paso Robles on Monday, July 25. This should be an exciting show! Doing some of their own original tunes, the Vampires will also roll out their own renditions of popular classics including “My Generation,” “Whole Lotta Love,” and a “School’s Out”/“Another Brick in the Wall” medley.
Tickets start at $36 and went on sale Friday, April 8, 2016. Tickets will be available starting at 10:00a online at www.MidStateFair.com or by calling 1-800-909-FAIR, and at 1:00p at the California Mid-State Fair box office (2198 Riverside Avenue in Paso Robles) or any ValliTix location.
“The evening’s shredding-est, flaming-est, rock-’n’-rolliest five minutes.”
“The band played the boisterous, bluesy “As Bad As I Am,” an outtake from its self-titled album, which came out last September. Cooper took the stage in a bloodstained white shirt, black gloves, and black leather pants, and marched back and forth as jets of flames licked the sky. Depp did a brief half-sung, half-spoken passage and launched into a solo. Then Perry took control with a seasoned, spicy lead that matched the groove of the tune.”
The original Hollywood Vampires were formed at the Rainbow Bar & Grill on Sunset Strip back in ’69.
In it’s day, this was a gathering place for the rock stars living in or passing through L.A. Alice Cooper, original founding member says, “To join the club, you had to out drink the other members.”
The Hollywood Vampires was a drinking club at the Rainbow [Bar & Grill] in Los Angeles, and it was the guys we are honoring: Harry Nilsson, John Lennon, Keith Moon, plus me, Mickey Dolenz from The Monkees and Bernie Taupin. We were vampires because we never saw daylight — we drank all night. Jimi Hendrix and Jim Morrison, the guys we learned from, were guys we drank with. I had never done a covers album, and I said, “Why don’t we pay tribute to our dead, drunk friends?” They would have gotten the joke — trust me.
The three friends, Cooper, Depp and Perry were talking recently and decided the spirit of the Hollywood Vampires should live again. The dynamics of these three should make for a really energy-charged show!