The Hollywood Vampires Sink Their Teeth Into a Killer Show at Bethel Center for the Arts 7/30/23

Photos by Chris Besaw

Review by Kelly Besaw

The Hollywood Vampires descended on the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts on Sunday. The super group was originally scheduled to perform on June 1 but due to a band member injury, they had to reschedule. The Vampires lead by Alice Cooper along with Joe Perry (Aerosmith), Johnny Depp, and Tommy Henriksen, brought along Barry Goudreau’s Engine Room as their opener.

Barry Goudreau’s Engine Room took the stage precisely at 8pm. The band with Barry Goudreau (guitar), Tim Archibald (bass), Tony Depietro (drums), Brian Maes (lead vocals and keyboards). Goudreau who is a former member of Boston, showcased his mastery of the guitar with several ripping solos throughout the band’s forty-minute set. The band was joined by a powerhouse group of vocalists in Mary Beth Maes, Terri O’Soro and Joaine Cicatelli. The band played a few of their originals, “Las Vegas” and “Shade” and treated the crowd to several well-known Boston covers, “Smokin’,” “Rock and Roll Band,” and ended their set with “Foreplay/Long Time.” I enjoyed their set. A lot of talent on that stage!

It was time for the monstrous super group The Hollywood Vampires to take the stage. What can top a band with the legendary Alice Cooper at the helm, Joe Perry (Aerosmith) shredding the guitar, Tommy Henriksen, who in my opinion is one of the most bad ass guitar players in the business, Johnny Depp on guitar and vocals, Glen Sobel killing it on the drums, Chris Wyse (The Cult) on bass and Buck Johnson keyboards.

The Vampires took the stage and immediately started off with the commanding “I Want My Now” followed by the harmonic “Raise the Dead.” The band performs a nice mix of original material and covers. The fans were on their feet singing along, fists in the air to “I’m Eighteen” (Alice Cooper cover) and Five to One/Breal on Through (to the Other Side)” (The Doors cover). I loved watching Cooper hobble around the stage with his iconic sneer during “The Boogieman Surprise.”

Much of the band’s focus is on the friends and musicians that they have lost along the way. They touch on this theme with “My Dead Drunk Friends,” “You Can’t Put Your Arms Around a Memory (Johnny Thunders cover (Joe Perry on vocals), “People Who Died” (The Jim Carroll Band cover) (Johnny Depp vocals). The band also paid tribute to Jeff Beck playing “Beck’s Bolero.” Johnny Depp handed Joe Perry Jeff Beck’s guitar to play during the cover.

Other highlights include a cover of “Baba O’Riley (The Who) that included an incredible drum solo by Sobel, “Heroes” (David Bowie cover) (Johnny Depp vocals) and Walk This Way (Aerosmith cover). I particularly enjoyed the unique cover of “The Death and Resurrection Show” (Killing Joke cover). Tommy Henriksen really got into the song, playing a killer guitar interlude on his knees at times with Johnny Depp belting out the vocals.

The band ended their set with “The Train Kept A-Rollin’” (Tiny Bradshaw cover) before taking a brief break. Alice returned to the stage announcing that it was, “time to party.” Out came the oversized balloons. The crowd bounced them around a bit as Cooper popped any that came within range with a sword. They ended the night with “School’s Out/Another Brick in the Wall” (Alice Cooper/Pink Floyd covers). All in all, it was just another impressive performance by the Vampires.

 

Setlist:
I Want My Now
Raise The Dead
I’m Eighteen (Alice Cooper cover)
Five to One/Break On Through (to the Other Side) (The Doors cover)
The Boogieman Surprise
My Dead Drunk Friends
You Can’t Put Your Arms Around a Memory (Johnny Thunders cover) (Joe Perry on vocals)
Baba O’Riley (The Who cover) (Glen Sobel drum solo)
Who’s Laughing Now
People Who Died (The Jim Carrol Band cover) (Johnny Depp vocals)
The Jack (AC/DC cover)
As Bas as I Am
Heroes (David Bowie cover) (Johnny Depp on vocals)
Beck’s Bolero (Jeff Beck cover)
Bright Light Fright (Aerosmith cover) (Joe Perry on vocals)
The Death and Resurrection Show (Killing Joke cover) (Johnny Depp on vocals)
Walk This Way (Aerosmith cover)
The Train Kept A-Rollin’ (Tiny Bradshaw cover)

Encore:
School’s Out/ Another Brick in the Wall (Alice Cooper/Pink Floyd cover)

 

 

 

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