Shock rocker Alice Cooper has been been working on a covers album project for a year or two now. It was later revealed through interviews that Cooper would be releasing the album as star-studded tribute to Cooper's deceased friends. Today, all of the details have been revealed for the album.
The album, Hollywood Vampires, will be released on September 11. The album's title comes from the name of a group of people Cooper hung out with and got drunk with. Members of this group included John Lennon, Keith Moon, Ringo Starr, Harry Nilsson, Mickey Dolenz, Bernie Taupin and many others. Today, most of the people who were in the Hollywood Vampires are dead. With this album, Cooper pays tribute to the deceased members, as well as his other friends who have passed away. The album is not being released as an Alice Cooper album: the album features a slew of guest musicians including Paul McCartney, Joe Perry, Joe Walsh, Dave Grohl, Brian Johnson, Perry Farrell, Robby Krieger and even actor Johnny Depp. Narrating the first track on the album is actor Christopher Lee, who passed away earlier this year. Producing the album is Alice's long-time producer, Bob Ezrin.
While not billed as an Alice Cooper solo album, Cooper sings on all of the album's tracks. The tracking list is as follows:
1. The Last Vampire (narration by Christopher Lee)
2. Raise the Dead
3. My Generation (cover of the Who, featuring Johnny Depp)
4. Whole Lotta Love (cover of Led Zeppelin, featuring Brian Johnson on co-lead vocals)
5. I've Got a Line On You (cover of Spirit, featuring Perry Farrell on co-lead vocals)
6. Five to One/Break On Through (cover of the Doors, featuring Robbie Krieger)
7. One/Jump Into The Fire (cover of Harry Nilsson, featuring Perry Farrell on co-lead vocals)
8. Come And Get It (cover of Badfinger, featuring Paul McCartney on co-lead vocals)
9. Jeepster (cover of T. Rex, featuring Joe Perry and Johnny Depp)
10. Cold Turkey (cover of John Lennon, featuring Joe Perry and Johnny Depp)
11. Manic Depression (cover of Jimi Hendrix, featuring Joe Perry and Johnny Depp)
12. Itchycoo Park (cover of Small Faces)
13. School's Out/Another Brick in the Wall Pt. 2 (latter cover of Pink Floyd, w/ Brian Johnson)
14. Dead Drunk Friends
For more details on who played on the album, visit Ultimate Classic Rock's article on the album.