Fresh off their fiery Grammys performance, Hollywood Vampires have confirmed their first U.S. date of 2016. The supergroup, which features Alice Cooper, Johnny Depp, Joe Perry and Guns N’ Roses’ Duff McKagan, among others, will play the Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, New York – about four hours north of New York City – on May 24th.
After the show, the group will head to Europe, where they will play Lisbon, Portugal’s edition of the Rock in Rio festival on May 27th. The show also precedes the band’s headlining appearance at Cadott, Wisconsin’s Rock Fest in July.
“We have to carefully schedule the Vampires,” Alice Cooper tells Rolling Stone. “That’s because you have Johnny’s movie schedule; you’ve got Aerosmith; you’ve got Guns N’ Roses and you’ve got me! It’s five entities going in five different directions. To get those guys all at one time when we’re not working is really unique. So everybody looks at their calendar, and you have to find that two weeks where everybody’s off.”
The singer says he’s also busy writing a new album and planning a tour with his solo group, and he and his supergroup friends are penning a new Hollywood Vampires record. “It’s going to be fun to rehearse this stuff with the Vampires, because it doesn’t happen so often that we get together,” he says. “It’s something you really look forward to.”
Hollywood Vampires performed at the Grammys Monday night, giving the live debut to a new original tune, “As Bad as I Am,” and paying tribute to late Motörhead frontman Lemmy Kilmister with a rendition of “Ace of Spades.” “Lemmy was one of those salt-of-the-earth guys,” Cooper told Rolling Stone earlier this month. “Find me somebody who didn’t love Lemmy. He’s just one of those guys that’s impossible not to like.”