Hollywood Vampires — the band featuring Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Alice Cooper and Joe Perry (of Aerosmith), along with actor Johnny Depp — will perform at the Event Center of the Borgata Hotel and Spa in Atlantic City on July 3.
Tickets, priced at $69.50 and $84.50, will go on sale April 1 at 10 a.m.; visit theborgata.com.
The band’s name is taken from the nickname of a group of hard-drinking friends — including Cooper, John Lennon, Harry Nilsson, Keith Moon and others — who used to hang out at the Rainbow Bar & Grill in Hollywood, in the early ’70s. The new Vampires released a self-titled debut album — including covers of songs such as Led Zeppelin’s “Whole Lotta Love,” The Who’s “My Generation” and Jimi Hendrix’s “Manic Depression,” as well as original songs — last year, and in February, they performed at the Grammy Awards.
“We decided to put the band together and kind of celebrate all of our dead, drunk friends,” Cooper told the British newspaper NME last year. “You know, all of our big brothers died at 27 years old. Jim Morrison, we toured with The Doors, and Jimi Hendrix was one of our best friends, and we drank with these guys, and Johnny Depp and I were doing that movie ‘Dark Shadows,’ and we decided that one night we were gonna go to the 100 Club and just be a bar band. No glitz, no glam.”
Depp, who plays guitar, has undertaken a variety of musical projects over the years, and released an album with the band P (also featuring Gibby Haynes of Butthole Surfers) in 1993.