Paul McCartney Revives 1969 Track for Johnny Depp Supergroup

SOURCE: Rolling Stone

Ever since word trickled out that Johnny Depp, Alice Cooper and Joe Perry had formed some sort of band, information about that project — called the Hollywood Vampires — has been scant. “We’ve done a lot of recording together recently,” Cooper told Rolling Stone last year. But now, more details are starting to emerge, and these involve a full album, a likely fall tour and a cameo appearance by none other than Paul McCartney.

Spearheaded by Cooper, the Hollywood Vampires take their name from a boys-night-out drinking club at L.A.’s Rainbow Bar in the Seventies, a carousing band of rock brothers that included, at various times, Cooper, John Lennon, the Monkees’ Micky Dolenz, Harry Nilsson, Keith Moon and Elton John lyricist Bernie Taupin. On his website, Cooper recently put out an open call for any Vampires-related memorabilia for a possible documentary he’d like to make about that era: “Where were you in the early 1970s? Los Angeles? The Sunset Strip?? You probably remember more than I do!” he wrote, adding that he’s in search of “photos, stories, artifacts and witnesses from this place in rock history.” Cooper set up a hashtag, #Hollywoodvampires, for people to submit any memories.

The new version of the Vampires, launched by Cooper and Depp, is more focused on music. Since last year, they’ve been laying down tracks in L.A. with a distinctive theme provided by producer Bob Ezrin. “The record is dedicated to all the friends we’ve lost to drugs and alcohol over the years and getting people to come in and cover the songs their friends wrote,” Perry says. And, according to Perry, who’s contributed to several tracks on the album, one of the friends who popped in was McCartney, who contributed a new version of “Come and Get It,” the hit he wrote and produced for Badfinger.

A few years ago, McCartney briefly revived the song onstage with his band, but he’s rarely sung or played it since 1969. But according to Perry, little prep was necessary for the Vampires session. Showing up at the studio with his regular drummer, Abe Laboriel Jr., McCartney had not only already picked out the song — a tribute to Badfinger members Pete Ham and Tom Evans, who each committed suicide — but was ready to go. “I was joking with him and said, ‘You probably wrote this in 20 minutes,’” says Perry, who had met but never worked with McCartney before. “And he said, ‘Actually, I was in bed sleeping and I knew they needed a song for this band we signed, and I went downstairs and played it on the piano and then went to Abbey Road an hour before the rest of the [Beatles], played all the instruments, made the demo and gave [Badfinger, then called the Iveys] the song.’”

As Perry and the others watched, McCartney effortlessly revived his 46-year-old tune. “He knew all the chords, the lyrics, everything,” Perry says. “He didn’t have any cheat sheets. It was like he’d been playing it his whole life. Me and Alice and Johnny were standing there and looking at each other and I tell you — if there’s any ego-lever in a room, it’s Paul. It doesn’t matter who you are or what you’ve done. If Paul’s in the room, he’s there. It was hard to focus on playing.” Cooper and McCartney wound up sharing the lead vocals on the song, Perry says.

As of now, the Hollywood Vampires have only one scheduled show on their calendar — an appearance at Rock in Rio in late September. But Perry says a tour that month is in the works and that he’s looking forward to playing onstage with Depp. “Johnny’s a great guitarist,” he says. “The times I’ve spent with him, I’ve always been impressed. To go out and tour with him is going to be a lot of fun. Everybody’s really charged about it.”


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The Ultimate Marvel Marathon is Coming to Theaters Tickets now on Sale

Tickets are now on sale for Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Age of Ultron (get your tickets by clicking here: ), but to make things just a bit more interesting, AMC Theaters, Regal Entertainment Group, Cinemark, Megaplex, Harkins and National Amusements theaters are planning “The Ultimate Marvel Marathon” featuring every single Marvel Studios film. Spanning over 27 hours, the event will begin on April 29 with Iron Man and conclude April 30 with Avengers: Age of Ultron. The schedule for AMC theaters will go as follows:

6:00pm IRON MAN


10:35pm IRON MAN 2

1:00am THOR



8:48am IRON MAN 3





Chains will also be doing an “Avengers” double feature of 2012’s The Avengers and Avengers: Age of Ultron as well. You can get your tickets for the event at AMC, Regal, and Cinemark, each featuring their own perks, by clicking the respective theater.

Written and directed by Joss Whedon and produced by Kevin Feige, Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron is based on the ever-popular Marvel comic book series “The Avengers,” first published in 1963. Louis D’Esposito, Alan Fine, Victoria Alonso, Jeremy Latcham, Patricia Whitcher, Stan Lee and Jon Favreau serve as executive producers. Starring stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Samuel L. Jackson, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, James Spader, Cobie Smulders, Thomas Kretschmann, Paul Bettany and Stellan Skarsgard, Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron opens in theaters on May 1, 2015.

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AIRBORNE TOXIC EVENT Metro, 3/17, 8:30 PM.

AMERICAN AQUARIUM FitzGerald’s, Berwyn, 5/23, 9 PM, on sale Fri 3/6, 11 AM.

. . . AND YOU WILL KNOW US BY THE TRAIL OF DEAD Thalia Hall, 4/27, 8:30 PM, on sale Fri 3/6, 10 AM

MARK BATTLES Double Door, 4/19, 7:30 PM, all-ages.

BIG BUSINESS Beat Kitchen, 4/14, 9 PM.

BOB ENGLISH Empty Bottle, 5/6, 9 PM.

BOWLING FOR SOUP Bottom Lounge, 6/23, 7 PM, on sale Sat 3/6, 10 AM.

BREAK OF REALITY Mayne Stage, 4/9, 8 PM.

BUILT TO SPILL Metro, 5/30, 9 PM, on sale Fri 3/6, noon.


CHEVERE FitzGerald’s, Berwyn, 5/30, 9 PM, on sale Fri 3/6, 11 AM.

DEAR HUNTER Bottom Lounge, 5/15, 7 PM, on sale Fri 3/6, 11 AM.

DIRECT HIT! Beat Kitchen, 5/14, 8:30 PM.

DR. JOHN & THE NITE TRIPPERS City Winery, 6/28, 8 PM, all-ages, on sale Thu 3/5, noon.

EARL SWEATSHIRT Concord Music Hall, 3/29, 5:30 PM, all-ages.

FACE TO FACE Bottom Lounge, 4/2-4, 7:30 PM. Buy from TicketWeb

MELISSA FERRICK SPACE, Evanston, 6/5, 8 PM, all-ages, on sale Fri 3/6, 10 AM.

BEN FOLDS & YMUSIC Fourth Presbyterian Church, 5/15, 8 PM, all-ages, on sale Fri 3/6, 11 AM.

BEN FOLDS & YMUSIC Park West, 5/16, 7:30 PM, on sale Fri 3/6, 11 AM.

FORT FRANCES Lincoln Hall, 5/8, 9 PM, on sale Fri 3/6, noon.

JUSTIN FURSTENFELD SPACE, Evanston, 6/25, 8 PM, all-ages, on sale Fri 3/6, 10 AM.

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HIATUS KAIYOTE Double Door, 5/11, 8 PM, on sale Fri 3/6, noon.

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KINKY Double Door, 5/20, 7 PM, on sale Fri 3/6, 10 AM.

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MURDER JUNKIES Reggie’s Rock Club, 6/7, 7:30 PM.

NATURAL CHILD, FAUX FEROCIOUS Empty Bottle, 5/2, 9 PM, on sale Fri 3/6, 10 AM.

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OH HONEY Beat Kitchen, 4/9, 6:30 PM, all-ages.

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PLAIN WHITE T’S House of Blues, 4/8, 8 PM, on sale Fri 3/6, 10 AM.

ANA POPOVIC SPACE, Evanston, 6/28, 7:30 PM, all-ages, on sale Fri 3/6, 10 AM

QUI Double Door, 4/2, 8:30 PM.

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FRED THOMAS Empty Bottle, 5/19, 9 PM.

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Cheap Trick’s two teen idols/two dorks visual presentation schtick probably struck a lot of people as a mere gimmick in the ‘70s, but I will always be grateful to guitarist Rick Nielsen for showing the nerdy kids that one of us could be a for real, high visibility rock star. Cheap Trick were contemporary with punk, but apart from a highly disco-fied Blondie, punk bands weren’t featured in the kind of late ‘70s mass media to which kids interested in music had access pre-MTV, so that you-can-do-it-too ethos had to come from elsewhere, and for me, Nielsen was as close as I found to such a model. When I was a kid, Dream Police was my go-to, but as I got older and started back-tracking through their catalog, I found much to love about the back-to-basics Midwestern RAWK in earlier releases like In Color and the absolutely essential At Budokan.

But while he was an outlier, Nielsen was still always way more arena-rock than punk, and he boasted plenty of unapproachable showbiz flash—namely, his celebrated guitar collection/hoard, which surely cost a small fortune even then and is definitely worth a large fortune now. From agonizingly envy-inducing vintage pieces, to very cool custom finishes and custom builds, to his famous and utterly ridiculous five-necked guitars, Nielsen possesses an arsenal that can make gear-fetishists drool oceans, and as it happens, he’s currently divesting some choice pieces of it. He opened an online shop on in January, and he’s selling off GORGEOUS instruments almost as quickly as he can post them. There’s a great video of him going through the process of thinning the herd here if you want a glimpse into his stash. As I type this, all that remains is a 1956 Les Paul Junior, a stylin’ little Bronson lap steel, and an astonishingly pristine 1959 Gibson ES-330T. And by the time you read this, who knows what’ll be left from that? Reverb lets users set up alerts, so when Nielsen posts more instruments, you can be the first to know via email if he decides to let go of his self-portrait double-neck. But in the meantime, though most of this stuff is sold already, we can still enjoy some gear-porn.

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NASHVILLE PUSSY To Release ‘Ten Years Of Pussy’ Compilation Album

NASHVILLE PUSSY will release a compilation album, “Ten Years Of Pussy”, in Scandinavia on May 6, in Germany on May 8, in the rest of Europe on May 11 and in the USA on May 12 via SPV/Steamhammer. The effort will be made available as a 2CD digipak and a digital download.

“Ten Years Of Pussy” is described in a press release a a “22-track monster [that] takes [NASHVILLE PUSSY's] best studio tracks of the last decade and even throws in a live bonus EP taken from a blistering 2009 show at Nottingham.”.

NASHVILLE PUSSY hail from Atlanta, deep in the heart of “the BBQ nation” and sound like AC/DC slap boxing with LYNYRD SKYNYRD while MOTÖRHEAD watches. Formed by husband and wife guitarists Blaine Cartwright and Ruyter Suys, NASHVILLE PUSSY rose out of the ashes of Cartwright’s former band NINE POUND HAMMER in 1997. Since then they have played thousands of gigs in 40 different countries, received a Grammy nomination and toured with MOTORHEAD, ZZ TOP, LYNYRD SKYNYRD, SLAYER, and a host of other heros who became instant fans. Ruyter was recently voted one of the best female rock performers ever. Together with human metronome drummer Jeremy Thompson, NASHVILLE PUSSY have tolerated numerous labels, trends and bass players. And, when counted out, have consistently pulled off resurrections that make Jesus look like a rank amateur.

The 16 studio tracks from “Ten Years Of Pussy” are taken from their last few releases, highlighting the band’s most relevant work of their decade history on label SPV. “Up The Dosage” (2014), featuring rock solid bassist Bonnie Buitrago, has been called “NASHVILLE PUSSY’s ‘Back In Black’” and was “Pick Of The Week” on “That Metal Show”. “From Hell To Texas” (2009) was recorded at Willie Nelson’s studio in Texas and featured some of the band’s strongest songwriting to date. And “Get Some” (2005), was the first SPV release and the first collaboration with Daniel Rey, and has more hooks than a hillbilly’s tackle box. And, of course, the bonus live CD includes the ultimate version of “Nutbush City Limits” with special guest Ron Heathman from THE SUPERSUCKERS on guitar.

“Ten Years Of Pussy” track listing:

CD 1 – Best of

01. Come On Come On
02. Rub It To Death
03. I’m So High (with Danko Jones)
04. Going Down Swinging
05. Before The Drugs Wear Off
06. Hate And Whisky
07. The South’s Too Fat To Rise Again
08. Pussy Time
09. Til The Meat Falls Of The Bone
10. Pillbilly
11. Why Why Why
12. Up The Dosage
13. Lazy Jesus (with Lemmy)
14. Ain’t Your Business
15. Good Night For A Heart Attack
16. Stone Cold Down

CD 2 – Bonus “Live In Nottingham” CD

01. One Way Down
02. Nutbush City Limits (with Ron Heathman)
03. Struttin’ Cock
04. Late Great USA
05. Go Motherfucker Go
06. You’re Goin’ Down

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ANTHRAX’s SCOTT IAN Stopped Being A KISS Fan After ‘Alive II’


SOURCE: Blabbermouth

During the latest “That After Show” segment of “That Metal Show” on VH1 Classic, ANTHRAX members Scott Ian (guitar), Charlie Benante (drums) and Frank Bello (bass), along with Alex Skolnick of TESTAMENT, spoke about when they stopped being fans of KISS’s music.

Said Ian: “I was already way into AC/DC [by the time KISS released 'Dynasty' in 1979] and my taste had kind of changed. I went to see [KISS] at Nassau Coliseum [in Uniondale, New York], I think, on [the 'Dynasty'] tour, with [JUDAS] PRIEST opening, and me and my friend left after PRIEST. I mean, I was 15, and my taste had kind of changed already at that point. Don’t get me wrong: from the first album to ‘Alive II’, that period, to me, still means as much in 2015 as it did, to me, in 1977. Like, that’s what an imprint it made on me. That still means everything to me.”

Ian last year defended KISS leaders Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons for their refusal to perform with only the band’s original lineup at KISS’s April 2014 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction ceremony in Brooklyn. Scott said: “I’m a [KISS] fan, just like everyone else, so would I wanna see the four original dudes back in makeup one more time? Of course I would, as a fan. But bands don’t do things dictated by what the audience wants. A band would last about a year if that’s how you worked. You have to do things the way you wanna do them.”

He continued: “KISS has been around for 40 years and are bigger now than they were in 1977 because Gene and Paul make smart decisions — that’s why. So, as a fan, and if you love them, you have to abide by the decisions that Gene and Paul are making for their brand and their band. So, why people get so upset over these things, I really don’t undertand. Like, if they decided they were playing with [current KISS members] Tommy [Thayer, guitar] and Eric [Singer, drums], so fine. That’s what they’re doing. This is their band. This has been the lineup for a long time now.”

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