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Johnny Depp, Alice Cooper, and Joe Perry unleash Hollywood Vampires at Sands Bethlehem Event Center on July 1

Johnny Depp, Alice Cooper, and Joe Perry unleash Hollywood Vampires at Sands Bethlehem Event Center on July 1
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From a press release:

Following their wildly successful concerts at The Roxy Theatre in Los Angeles, in front of 100,000 screaming fans at the Rock in Rio festival, and their spectacular worldwide television debut on the 2016 Grammy Awards reaching a global audience of almost 25 million people, fans worldwide demanded more. The Hollywood Vampires – Alice Cooper, Joe Perry, and Johnny Depp – always deliver and arranged their schedules to give their fans what they want, announcing today that their tour will stop at the Sands Bethlehem Event Center on Friday, July 1 at 8 p.m.

Joining the Hollywood Vampires on tour will be their rock star musician friends and modern day Vampires Matt Sorum (Guns N’ Roses/Cult) on drums, Robert DeLeo (Stone Temple Pilots) on bass, Tommy Henriksen (Alice Cooper) on guitar, and Bruce Witkin (The Kids) on piano, percussion, and guitar.

Tickets, which range from $49.40-$109.50, go on sale this Friday, April 15 at 10 a.m. and can be purchased at sandseventcenter.com, the Event Center box office (77 Sands Blvd., Bethlehem), ticketmaster.com, all Ticketmaster outlets, or by phone at 800-745-3000. An exclusive pre-sale just for Sands Event Center Music Insiders will take place on Thursday, April 14 from 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Fans can join the Music Insiders’ list by visiting sandeventcenter.com.

Aerosmith guitarist Perry vows that his group is going to blow people away.

“Here is a gang of friends who came together really by chance and, over the last year, we were finally able to wrangle our schedules and the energy just fell into place. Playing with this lineup is like a dream come true. After seeing the reaction at Rock in Rio in front of 100,000 fans, I know this band is going to tear the house down. Hell, I would want to be in the audience to see us rip it up,” Perry said.

“There will be rumbling in ears, and there might be blood trickling out of one ear,” Depp warns audience members. Adds Cooper, “Then we’ll know we’ve done our job.”

A supergroup comprised of rock royalty and a Hollywood superstar, the Vampires are offering fans a non-stop, energetic rock concert like no other, performing their new single “Bad As I Am” from their new deluxe album, as well as renditions of popular classics, including “My Generation,” “Whole Lotta Love,” and a “School’s Out”/“Another Brick in the Wall” medley.

In 1969 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 Los Angeles. “To join the club, one simply had to out-drink all of the members,” says Cooper, a founding member of the original Vampires.

Cooper and good friend Johnny Depp got together and decided the spirit of the Hollywood Vampires should live again (minus the drinking). They were joined by Joe Perry, who is an old friend of both, and the recording began: a tribute to the original Hollywood Vampires. An environment was born for great artists to hang, laugh, and play together.

Reviews from their recent performances give fans a glimpse of to expect at a Hollywood Vampires show.

“…The band played the boisterous, bluesy ‘As Bad As I Am,’ an outtake from its self-titled album, which came out last September. Cooper took the stage in a bloodstained white shirt, black gloves, and black leather pants, and marched back and forth as jets of flames licked the sky. Depp did a brief half-sung, half-spoken passage and launched into a solo. Then Perry took control with a seasoned, spicy lead that matched the groove of the tune,” Yahoo! Music wrote.