The Hollywood Vampires is a group of musicians who wanted to get together to be a dive bar cover band. The thing is when the musicians are world famous, it’s hard to see them playing anywhere but larger venues. The band consist of Alice Cooper on vocals, Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry, Alice Cooper band members Tommy Henriksen & drummer Glen Sobel, former Ace Frehley bassist Chris Wyse, and guitarist Johnny Depp. Yes, that Johnny Depp. Many people only know Johnny as an actor but he originally came to Los Angeles to be a musician and because of a turn of events ended up taking up acting as well. Johnny’s recorded on albums by Oasis and even Marilyn Manson.



The band released their first album in 2015 which were mainly cover songs with a few originals and is slated for a sophomore release “Rise” on June 21st. With Aerosmith having a Las Vegas residency, time was limited for Joe so the guys got together to do a seven city tour. One of those stops is at The Warfield in San Francisco presented by Goldenvoice.

The night before this event was in Los Angeles at The Greek Theater where Steven Tyler and Marilyn Manson joined the band on stage so you never know who could jump onstage. This tour has no opening act so it was definitely a night of you know who you were there to see and listen to. Either way, it should be an entertaining evening. This would be my first time seeing the Hollywood Vampires and I was looking forward to seeing the “Rock n Roll Desperados” Joe Perry & gunslinger Johnny Depp sharing the stage.



The evening started with a new track “I Want My Now” followed by originals “Raise the Dead” and “As Bad As I Am” off their self-titled debut album. The crowd was receptive to the music and many female fans where biting at the bit to see Johnny Depp in person as they continued to yell “We love you Johnny”.

I personally thought it was great to hear this band of musicians jam through songs like AC/DC’s “The Jack”, The Who’s “Baba O’Riley”, Alice Cooper’s own “I’m Eighteen”, and Tiny Bradshaw’s “The Train Kept A Rollin” made famous by Aerosmith’s cover version of the song.



Other high points of the evening were Joe Perry taking over vocal duties on Johnny Thunder’s “You Can’t Put Your Arms Around A Memory” as well as Depp singing David Bowie’s “Heroes” and Jim Carrol’s “People Who Died”.

The night closes with Alice’s “School’s Out” and the band brings down the house. It’s great to see musicians actually having fun on stage and the crowd was in the same mood. If ever the chance to see the band live, it’s well worth the price of admission.




HOLLYWOOD VAMPIRES Setlist – The Warfield San Francisco, Ca – May 12, 2019   


  1. I Want My Now
  2. Raise the Dead
  3. As Bad As I Am
  4. Five to One / Break On Through (to the Other Side) (The Doors cover)
  5. The Jack (AC/DC cover)
  6. Who’s Laughing Now
  7. The Boogieman Surprise
  8. You Can’t Put Your Arms Around a Memory (Johnny Thunders cover)
  9. My Dead Drunk Friends
  10. Baba O’Riley (The Who cover)
  11. Heroes (David Bowie cover)
  12. Git From Round Me
  13. I’m Eighteen (Alice Cooper cover)
  14. People Who Died (The Jim Carroll Band cover)
  15. The Train Kept A-Rollin’ (Tiny Bradshaw cover)
  16. We Gotta Rise
  17. School’s Out (Alice Cooper cover) (With snippet of Another Brick in the Wall, by Pink Floyd)


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