Supergroup Hollywood Vampires will pay tribute to late Motörhead frontman Lemmy Kilmister at the Grammys telecast later this month. The supergroup will also be debuting a new single.
Rolling Stone delivers the details.
“Alice Cooper and his Hollywood Vampires bandmates will bring some edge to the Grammys next week with a tribute to late Motörhead frontman Lemmy Kilmister and the premiere of a hard-rocking, brand new song, ‘As Bad as I Am.'”
Alice Cooper also added the following.
“We started this band as a means to toast our ‘dead drunk friends’ at the Rainbow, all the ghosts in the bar, and now I guess Lemmy is involved in that, too.”
Alice Cooper shared his reflections with Rolling Stone.
“Lemmy was one of those salt-of-the-earth guys… Find me somebody who didn’t love Lemmy. He’s just one of those guys that’s impossible not to like. He was always funny.”
Rolling Stone describes the song.
“With a scratchy guitar riff and locomotive, Aerosmith-y rhythms, ‘As Bad as I Am’ and its catchy chorus – ‘Here’s to you, as good as you are/ Here’s to me as bad as I am’ – came from Depp.”
“Johnny says to me, ‘My dad was a bit of a rounder, one of those guys that was in and out of trouble all the time,'” Cooper explains to Rolling Stone. “During Thanksgiving or Christmas, when we’d toast, he’d say, ‘Good as you are, bad as I am.'” Cooper laughs. “And I went, ‘Wow, that’s really good.’ That actually sounds like an old, Irish toast of some sort. So once again, almost everyone in the band is a recovered alcoholic and it refers back to alcohol.”
“I might do it more ‘Alice Cooper style,’ but it would still have to have that growl, that guttural voice to make it work,” he says, via Music Feeds. “I can’t picture, like, Creedence Clearwater [Revival] doing that song.”
Hollywood Vampires was formed in 2015 as a way to honor the rock stars who died of from excess in the 1970s. The name derives from a drinking game formed by Cooper in the 70s. The initiation to become a member was to outdrink all of the members. Those members included John Lennon and Keith Moon.
The band consists of actor Johnny Depp, shock rocker Alice Cooper, Aerosmith’s Joe Perry, and Guns ‘n’ Roses Duff McKagan.
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