Alice Cooper, Johnny Depp and Joe Perry previewed the record in recent weeks, including a visit to Jimmy Kimmel Live that featured Depp singing a cover of David Bowie’s “Heroes,” which makes a recorded appearance on the album too.
As for the music on Rise, it’s pretty much what you’d expect: loud, boisterous rock and roll carried out by some living legends and their stable of hard-nosed musical colleagues. And it also features more original recordings than their previous studio album, which had a handful of cover songs:
Unlike their 2015 debut record, the new album “Rise” consists mainly of original material, written by the band. There are however, in the spirit of the Vampires’ original mission, three covers of songs originally written and recorded by some fellow rockers who died far too young: an intimate and intense version of David Bowie’s “Heroes”, beautifully performed by Johnny Depp; the late Jim Carroll Band’s “People Who Died,” and Johnny Thunder’s “You Can’t Put Your Arms Around A Memory,” sung by Joe Perry. Raucous rock anthems like “The Boogieman Surprise” and “Who’s Laughing Now” (the first single from the new album), capture the natural, raw, celebratory attitude of Hollywood Vampires displayed in their rowdy shows around the world. But the album shows off their range as well with tracks like “We Gotta Rise” – a tongue-in-cheek politics song in the the tradition of Alice’s “Elected” – to the psychedelic gothic epic of “Mr. Spider.”
Stream the album below, via Spotify:
Having completed a run of tour dates, the Hollywood Vampires don’t have any more shows lined up at the moment, but stay tuned.