Alice Cooper has been known through the last several decades to be the masterful showman who has enhanced the arena of Shock Rock. But the legendary singer has now taken up with a new cause that will stand as a lasting tribute to his long time industry friend, Lemmy Kilmister.
Alongside Alice Cooper in the supergroup known as the Hollywood Vampires will be film icon Johnny Depp, Aerosmith’s Joe Perry, Guns n’ Roses alum Duff McKagan, and other additions, according to Rolling Stone. It is unclear at this time if Cooper and company will be pursuing the project after the initial Grammys tribute at a trophy ceremony, but there’ll be a new song that will be released soon titled “As Bad As I Am.”
— Alice Cooper (@RealAliceCooper) February 4, 2016
Fans of Alice Cooper over the years know that the singer has made achieved huge successes in the music industry due to his talented skills for writing songs, as well as his skills on the stage with being able to keep an audience entertained for 2–3 hours at a time. Cooper is perhaps most well known in the ’70s and ’80s to have come on stage with choreographed stunts that he synced up to his music that would shock an audience to its core. Some of those stunts that Cooper performed would be him getting locked up in a straight jacket, biting the head off a chicken and even a mock beheading of himself, which turned out to be special effects with a little misdirection style of showmanship.
— Alice Cooper (@RealAliceCooper) October 2, 2013
This might be the first time that Alice Cooper has shared the stage with his colleagues in the rock genre, but it is not the first time he has teamed up with other rockers to pull off a great show. Although most of those instances had special causes behind them, Cooper seems to be well suited for rock shows like this.
— Alice Cooper (@RealAliceCooper) January 11, 2015
With the upcoming tribute event and the eventual release of the new single by the epic rock alliance, this will mark Depp’s first time actually making gains in the music industry, with the exception of his musical talents strategically placed in some of his hit movies.
Alice Cooper also shared the spotlight with Depp in the modern remake of Dark Shadows, according to his IMDb page. Of course, Cooper played himself in that movie, and he was featured as the special guest rocker that showed up at the Collins masquerade at the behest of his young niece/werewolf played by Chloe Grace Moretz.
As a matter of fact, Alice Cooper has made an appearance in several roles on film, playing bit parts or coming on the projects as fictional versions of himself. Cooper did star in a horror movie, Monster Dog, which came out back in the ’80s.
— Alice Cooper (@RealAliceCooper) August 31, 2015
There also seems to be a special place in Alice Cooper’s heart for the former Motorhead frontman. When he spoke with Rolling Stone about the upcoming tribute performance with the new group, he made the conversation all about Kilmister.
“Lemmy was one of those salt-of-the-earth guys,” Cooper told Rolling Stone. “Find me somebody who didn’t love Lemmy. He’s just one of those guys that’s impossible not to like.”
— Alice Cooper (@RealAliceCooper) December 29, 2015
Cooper and the Hollywood Vampires plan on doing a special set at the Grammys for Kilmister. Although he had not yet decided on the exact plan for the show, Cooper did say that he plans on doing the hit Motorhead song “Ace of Spades.”
“I might do it more ‘Alice Cooper style,’ but it would still have to have that growl, that guttural voice to make it work,” Alice Cooper said.
When the Vampires release their album on February 12, the new song will also be featured as an extra for the album. Alice Cooper credited Depp with some of the song writing for the single. He also said it is going to feature some of Perry’s classic Aerosmith guitar riffs.
[Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for NARAS]