Johnny Depp is known these days for his acting, but before his big break in A Nightmare on Elm Street, he dreamed of becoming a rock star. Nearly 30 years later, those dreams are about to come true.
Johnny Depp is one part of the supergroup Hollywood Vampires and Billboard is reporting that the group is announcing dates for a few select performances. In addition to Johnny Depp, the band includes Alice Cooper, Joe Perry, Duff McKagan and Matt Sorum.
According to Billboard, Johnny Depp and friends will open with a set at the famous Sunset Strip club the Roxy in Los Angeles on Sept. 16 followed by a second show in the same location the next night.
While Johnny Depp is a member of the band Hollywood Vampires, he was not a part of the original group that bore the name. According to Billboard, the original Hollywood Vampires was an exclusive drinking club that counted Alice Cooper, John Lennon, Keith Moon and Ringo Starr as members.
Rolling Stone reports that Johnny Depp and the Hollywood Vampires will also take their show on the road to play a date in Rio, having been announced as part of the lineup for Brazil’s Rock in Rio festival on Sept. 24.
Johnny Depp fans who can’t make it to the shows can still listen to his band. The Hollywood Vampires, including Johnny Depp, have been in the studio to record a self-titled debut album. The disc will be released on Sept. 11. Johnny Depp contributed both guitar and vocal tracks to the project. In addition to Johnny Depp and the touring version of Hollywood Vampires, the recording sessions also included work from Paul McCartney, Dave Grohl, Slash, Joe Walsh and AC/DC’s Brian Johnson.
According to Rolling Stone, the band’s set list is made up of cover songs from the likes of The Who, The Doors, John Lennon and Jimi Hendrix as well as a few original tunes.
Unlike some supergroups of the past, Hollywood Vampires isn’t a vanity project or a doomed amalgamation of ego-driven stars. In fact, Johnny Depp and friends are dedicating revenues from the band to charity. Rolling Stone reports that proceeds from the album going to the charity MusiCares. In addition, the band will spend time prior to its Rio performance working with the Starkey Hearing Foundation to help fit 150 people in need with hearing aids. Some of those receiving hearing aids will then get to join Johnny Depp and the Hollywood Vampires at the concert where they will hear music for the first time.
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