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Hollywood Vampires, ‘Hollywood Vampires’

When it comes to rock lore, the saga of the Hollywood Vampires, a loose group of rock-star friends who enjoyed drinking on the Sunset Strip in the ’70s, ranks high. The “Vampires” roster at various times included Keith Moon, John Lennon, Ringo Starr, Mickey Dolenz of the Monkees, Elton John’s songwriting partner Bernie Taupin, and Jim Morrison. They were led by Alice Cooper, who pays tribute to members past and passed on with this fun, star-studded tribute, recorded with new Vampires Johnny Depp and Joe Perry. Fittingly, the album opens with Christopher Lee reading from “Dracula,” and then musically pours one out with raucous takes of everything from the Who’s “My Generation” — featuring Zak Starkey, Ringo’s son — to Badfinger’s “Come and Get It” with the song’s writer, Paul McCartney. Joe Walsh, Dave Grohl, and more also sat in for a spell, paying rollicking and bittersweet homage to, as Cooper puts it in the album’s best original track, “Dead Drunk Friends.”


ESSENTIAL “Dead Drunk Friends”