Fresh off a triumphant seven-city North America tour this week, which included a stop at the famous Greek Theatre in Los Angeles, Hollywood Vampires have unveiled the brand-new song "The Boogieman Surprise." At the aforementioned L.A. performance, Steven Tyler, the Aerosmith frontman and long-time musical partner of Joe Perry, turned up for a guest appearance, as did Marilyn Manson. Johnny Depp took lead vocals on David Bowie's "Heroes" and the "world's most expensive bar band," as proclaimed by Alice Cooper, delivered a live master class of rock 'n' roll, which included their newest track "The Boogieman Surprise."
The song has been part of the band's live set since the 2018 world tour and is a highlight of a Hollywood Vampires live show. Written by the band, it shows the chemistry between rock ‘n’ roll royalty Perry, Hollywood superstar Depp, and shock-rock icon Cooper. A laid back groove, grinding guitars, and smooth strings create an epic, ominous, outsider anthem with Cooper's vocal sounding as fierce as ever.
Their stage telepathy is showcased in the accompanying live video, filmed at the Montreux Jazz Festival 2018. Watch the video here.
“Rise,” the band's second album, pure, unapologetic rock. And, unlike the band’s 2015 debut record, “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 young: an intimate and intense version of Bowie's "Heroes”; the late Jim Carroll Band's "People Who Died"; and Johnny Thunders' "You Can't Put Your Arms Around A Memory.”
Produced by Tommy Henriksen and the band, “Rise” arrives on June 21. Pre-order it here.