Concert Reports


Hollywood Vampires

07/25/2016, California Mid Stae Fair, Paso Robles

Hollywood Vampires sink their teeth into Paso Robles! The All Star group fronted by veteran rocker Alice Cooper & actor Johnny Depp, also includes Aerosmith’s Joe Perry, former Guns N’ Roses/Velvet Revolver drummer Matt Sorum and Stone Temple Pilots bassist Robert DeLeo.


All Photos: Ray Soto / Central Coast Rocks      


The Hollywood Vampires invaded the California Mid State Fair in Paso Robles and temperatures that reached into the triple digits was not even enough to slow this supernatural group of all stars down as they were out for blood the moment they hit the Chumash Grandstand stage.


Although their set consisted primarily of cover songs, the band’s original opening song “Raise The Dead,” excitedly set the tempo of the night which paid homage to fallen rockers we have lost over the decades.



The Vampire’s onstage chemistry is interesting if not unique, as Cooper can entertain a large crowd alone with his showmanship. Throw in the eye candy of Depp, decked out in Captain Jack Sparrow eyeliner and Mohawk, who’s every move and gesture were greeted by screams from the females in the crowd and you have a beauty and the beast scenario that devilishly works. Veteran rocker Joe Perry who is second only to Keith Richards in the Guitar Cool department let his playing do the talking as he handled the cover songs true to form and really let loose on his own compositions “Sweet Emotion,” & “Train Kept A Rollin”


Former Guns N’ Roses/Velvet Revolver drummer Matt Sorum and Stone Temple Pilots bassist Robert DeLeo provide the rhythm section and regular Cooper band guitarist Tommy Henriksen along with keyboardist-guitarist Bruce Witkin round out the group.



My Dead Drunk Friends,” another original off the band’s self- titled “Hollywood Vampires” CD released last year more than held up to the rest of the cover set list which included Motorhead’s “Ace of Spades,” and The Who’s “My Generation.” The song pays tribute to the Vampire’s setlist and album’s songs of deceased rockers. Cooper’s voice really hit its stride when the band closed out the night with spirited versions of Alice’s classics “I’m 18,” and “Schools Out” amid a New Year’s Eve like balloon drop celebrating the last night of this tour.


Here’s hoping we don’t lose any more Rock & Roll icons this year but if we do you know the Hollywood Vampires will pay homage with class & dignity all the while having a rocking good time. After all, Vampires are immortal right ?



Hollywood Vampires


In 1972, on the Sunset Strip at a club called the Rainbow Bar & Grill, the Hollywood Vampires were born in the upstairs bar. It was a gathering place for the rock stars living in or passing through L.A. "To join the club, one simply had to out drink all of the members," says Alice Cooper, a founding member of the Vampires. "I would walk in on a typical night," Alice says, "and John Lennon, Harry Nilsson, Keith Moon - who would usually be in a costume like a maid or a chauffeur - Bernie Taupin, Jim Morrison and Mickey Dolenz would be there. The next week might be Bernie Taupin, Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison and Mickey Dolenz."


Three years ago, Alice and good friend Johnny Depp got together and decided the spirit of the Hollywood Vampires should live again (minus the drinking). An environment for great artists to hang, laugh and play together. The Hollywood Vampires live again with the release of the Hollywood Vampires' new album. Alice and Johnny were joined by Joe Perry, who is an old friend of both of them, and the recording began: a tribute to the original Hollywood Vampires.



California Mid State Fair


The Paso Robles Event Center is home to the California Mid-State Fair, "The Biggest Little Fair Anywhere!"  


The Fair opened in 1946 and was first known as the San Luis Obispo County Fair. The California Mid-State Fair is held annually and runs for 12 days at the end of July. The Fair has hosted some of the biggest names in the music industry. Artists such as Aerosmith, Tom Petty, Journey, John Mayer, Rod Stewart, Fergie, Justin Bieber, Jason Aldean, Toby Keith, Kenny Chesney, Keith Urban and Christina Aguilera have all performed on our Chumash Grandstand stage.  



The Paso Robles Event Center is open year-round. It is a convention center complex located on 40 acres in Paso Robles, California. Facilities include a 200-by-300-foot indoor equestrian arena seating 7,587, a 18,000-square-foot community building, and two other commercial buildings.  


In addition to the Fair, concerts, trade shows, and conventions other specialty events are scheduled to take place at the Event Center. To shedule your next upcoming event at the Paso Robles Event Center contact Facilities are located at 2198 Riverside Avenue in Paso Robles.


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