Hollywood Vampires, the supergroup whose core members are Alice Cooper, Johnny Depp and Joe Perry, will set out on their first comprehensive North American tour this summer. Beginning with a gig in Verona, New York in late May, the band will visit the northern part of the U.S. and into Canada before wrapping in Paso Robles, California in late July. Other than an appearance at the Grammys in February, the band's only North American gigs have been club shows in Hollywood.
The musicians supporting the core for the trek include drummer Matt Sorum (the Cult, Guns N' Roses), guitarist Tommy Henriksen (Alice Cooper's band) and pianist, percussionist and guitarist Bruce Witkin (Johnny Depp's group the Kids). Since Duff McKagan, who had played bass at all of the band's previous gigs, has reunited with Guns N' Roses and will be touring with them this summer, the Vampires are welcoming Stone Temple Pilots' Robert DeLeo to the fold to handle four-string duties.
"Here is a gang of friends who came together really by chance and over the last year we were finally able to wrangle our schedules and the energy just fell into place," Joe Perry said in a statement. "Playing with this lineup is like a dream come true. After seeing the reaction at Rock in Rio [in Brazil] in front of 100,000 fans, I know this band is going to tear the house down. Hell, I would want to be in the audience to see us rip it up."
The band will play a handful of Europen dates between their tour kickoff and return to the U.S. in July for a gig in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.
In February, the group put out a deluxe edition of their self-titled debut, a collection of cover songs by what Cooper has called his "dead drunk friends," as well as original songs. The new edition added versions of the Who's "I'm a Boy," Love's "7 and 7 Is" and the Depp-penned original "As Bad as I Am," the last of which the band played on the Grammys along with a cover of Motörhead's "Ace of Spades" in tribute to that trio's late bassist Lemmy Kilmister. The album is available to hear now via Spotify.
Hollywood Vampires Tour Dates
May 24 - Verona, NY @ Turning Stone Casino
July 1 - Bethlehem, PA @ Sands Bethlehem Event Center
July 2 - Mashantucket, CT @ The Grand Theater at Foxwoods Casino
July 3 - Atlantic City, NJ @ Borgata Resort Spas and Casino Event Center
July 5 - Milwaukee, WI @ Summerfest BMO Harris Pavilion
July 7 - Aurora, IL @ River Edge Park,
July 8 - Orillia, ONT @ Casino Rama Entertainment Center
July 9 - Niagara Falls, NY @ Stage at Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino
July 10 - Brooklyn, NY @ Coney Island Amphitheater
July 12 - Kettering, OH @ Fraze Pavilion
July 13 - Mt. Pleasant, MI @ Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort
July 14 - Cadott, WI @ Rock Fest
July 16 - Clarkston, MI @ DTE Energy Music Theatre
July 18 - Fargo, North Dakota @ Scheels Arena
July 22 - Rohnert Park, CA @ Weill Hall
July 23 - Jacksonville, OR @ Britt Pavilion
July 24 - Saratoga, CA @ The Mountain Winery
July 25 - Paso Robles, CA @ Mid State Fair