Alice Cooper Announces All-Star Hollywood Vampires Album

(hennemusic) Alice Cooper has unveiled details for the debut album by his all-star covers project, Hollywood Vampires, who will release their self-titled debut album on September 11.

The trio of Cooper, Aerosmith's Joe Perry and Johnny Depp organized the proceedings, which sees the three joined by a cast of rockers that includes Sir Paul McCartney, Perry Farrell, Dave Grohl, Joe Walsh, Slash, Robbie Krieger, Zak Starkey, Brian Johnson and Kip Winger, along with a spoken introduction to "Raise The Dead" by Sir Christopher Lee, recorded just before his death.

The record sees the collective deliver covers of classic tunes by T. Rex, Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, The Who, The Doors and more. Conceived by Cooper, the project celebrates the spirit of the original drinking club of the same name that gathered at the upstairs bar of the Rainbow Bar & Grill on Sunset Strip, Los Angeles from 1972, of which Cooper was a founding member. Attendees would include the likes of John Lennon, Harry Nilsson, Keith Moon, Bernie Taupin, Jim Morrison and Mickey Dolenz. "To join the club," says Alice, "one simply had to out drink all of the members.

"I'm not here to defend their vices. Over-indulgence of any sort does not ultimately constitute for a healthy mind and body. And while on the periphery of those involved, wives may have come and gone, career choices may have been deemed dubious, and heartbreak in some cases stalked a dark corridor, but in the lair of the Hollywood Vampires only joy and laughter reigned."

The lead single combines Cooper's own "School's Out" with Pink Floyd's "Another Brick In The Wall Pt. 2." Read more including tracklisting, see cover art and video preview here.

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