The last time we heard from Hollywood Vampires, the rock band started by Johnny Depp, Alice Cooper, and Aerosmith’s Joe Perry, the group was just a wonderful, beautiful dream created by a famous actor who hates it when famous actors are in bands (a fact that we keep bringing up only because it’s really funny). Back then, the band hadn’t recorded an album, or played any shows, or really done any of the things you’d expect a band to do, but that stuff is all secondary to coming up with a cool name and promoting yourself anyway.
Now, though, Hollywood Vampires is back with an actual album and a ton of famous guest stars who are grossly overqualified to be working with a group that is still “Johnny Depp’s band.” As reported by Rolling Stone, the self-titled album features appearances from Paul McCartney, Dave Grohl, Slash, Perry Farrell, Kip Winger, Brian Johnson from AC/DC, and what appears to be a spoken word section narrated by Christopher Lee and “recorded shortly before his death.” Most of the tracks on Hollywood Vampires are covers, like “School’s Out,” “Another Brick In The Wall pt. 2,” and “My Generation,” but there are a handful of Johnny Depp originals, including “The Last Vampire,” which is the aforementioned Christopher Lee song.
You can preorder Hollywood Vampires on iTunes at this link, and in what is obviously an unsuccessful attempt to curb snark from people like us, all of the proceeds from it are going to the MusiCares charity.