Hollywood Vampires drummer is a fan first

Fans love to see the members of The Hollywood Vampires (Joe Perry, Johnny Depp and Alice Cooper) perform, and drummer Matt Sorum is one of them.

"I am a little younger than they are, so I grew up with their music," said Sorum, who has been the drummer for the group since its inception in 2015. "Playing with them now is like completing something on your bucket list. I saw Alice Cooper when I was 16 years old when he was on his 'Welcome to My Nightmare' tour in 1975. Playing in this group is a rock 'n' roller's dream. I have been in different bands, but I am still a fan of these guys."

The Hollywood Vampires will perform at 8 p.m. July 7 at RiverEdge Park in Aurora.

The band features Alice Cooper on vocals and harmonica, Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry and film star Johnny Depp on guitar and backing vocals. Backing the trio in addition to Sorum are guitarist Tommy Henriksen; pianist, percussionist and guitarist Bruce Witkin; and bass player Robert DeLeo.

Although known more for his movie roles than his guitar playing, Depp is an accomplished musician.

"Other celebrities sometimes try to do the music thing, but Johnny's got the look and he plays great," said Sorum, the former drummer for Guns N' Roses. "He studies his craft."

What Depp has been known for of late is his very public divorce from wife Amber Heard. But that has not affected ticket sales.

"As far as I know there has been no difference in sales," Sorum said. "I think fans just want to hear us play rock 'n' roll for the sheer enjoyment of it."

Jim Jarvis, vice president of marketing and sales for RiverEdge Park, concurs.

"We have not seen anything one way or the other regarding ticket sales," Jarvis said. "People who are Johnny Depp fans, people who are Joe Perry fans, people who are Alice Cooper fans will buy tickets to see them. It has been business as usual."

The band's name comes from The Hollywood Vampires, a celebrity drinking club formed by Cooper in the early 1970s whose members included Jim Morrison, Harry Nilsson, John Lennon, Ringo Starr, Keith Moon and Micky Dolenz.

The Hollywood Vampires performed at Brazil's Rock in Rio festival in September 2015 and on the 58th Annual Grammy Awards on Feb. 15 on CBS-TV. In February of this year the group released its self-titled debut album. The studio album features guest appearances by Paul McCartney, Dave Grohl and Joe Walsh, among others.

The RiverEdge show will feature original songs from the album like "Dead Drunk Friends," "Raise the Dead" and "Bad as I Am," as well as popular classics including "My Generation," "Whole Lotta Love" and a "School's Out/Another Brick in the Wall" medley.

"You'll hear a great selection of songs," Sorum said. "If you're a classic rock fan, this is the gig to see. It's a real celebration."

Playing with The Hollywood Vampires brings Sorum back to his roots.

"I grew up in the 1960s and I was blessed to have grown up in that time," he said. "There was a wide variety of music to choose from. It went from Sly and the Family Stone on one side to Crosby, Stills and Nash on the other and then Joni Mitchell thrown in. It was all over the spectrum, all the way to Black Sabbath.

"This gig has a lot of spirituality in that," Sorum continued. "It brings you back to center. This is where I came from."

Randall G. Mielke is a freelance writer.

The Hollywood Vampires

When: July 7

Where: RiverEdge Park, 360 N. Broadway Ave., Aurora

Tickets: $65; Parking, $5

Information: 630-896-6666 or riveredgeaurora.com

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