The Hollywood Vampires @ Lucca Summer Fest 6 July 2018

The Hollywood Vampires,  Lucca Summer fest, 6 July 2018, Valeria Campagnale, Rockers And Other Animals

I want to dedicate this Hollywood Vampires live report to my mom, passed away the 9th May, she’d loved to see the show of this incredible band, and if I love rock, it’s her merit.
Who would have thought that one day I’d have seen my favorite artist on stage with my favorite actor!
On the contrary, it happened in Lucca at the Summer Festival on July 6, 2018. Date to be counted among my personal memories, along with every single concert of Alice Cooper I attended.
Who know me well, knows my great love for Alice Cooper, one of the most innovative artists, criticized. a highly professional and natural talent.
Exactly as David Bowie, two controversial genes in the music field, who have succeeded in revolutionizing the visual aspect, making rock music theatrical and fascinating.
Hollywood Vampires the American rock supergroup born in Los Angeles in 2015, was formed by Alice Cooper, Joe Perry and Johnny Depp in honor of The Hollywood Vampires, a rockstar club founded by Alice Cooper in the seventies.

The Hollywood Vampires,  Lucca Summer fest, 6 July 2018, Valeria Campagnale, Rockers And Other Animals

After hours under the sun in a terrible heat, an extremely bad organization, they came to the stage, after the beautiful “Bela Lugosi’s Dead” dei Bauhaus, Alice Cooper, Johnny Depp, Joe Perry, Tommy Henriksen, Glen Sobel, already in the Alice Cooper band.
It was “I Want My Now” to open the show, and what a show! Just in front of the stage, as always, I’ve really enjoyed this concert, a show that you would not want to end. Amazing “Raise the Dead” followed by “I Got a Line on You”, the Spirit’ cover, and “7 and 7 Is”, Love’ cover.
Absolutely great “My Dead Drunk Friends”.On the big screen behind the band, scroll the images of the great rockers of the past, accompanying the song "My dead drunk friends" sing with all the help of the audience and with lots of karaoke on the big screen, for the refrain. A fascinating song for a fascinating band.
It’s time for The Doors’s “Five to One/Break On Through (to the Other Side)”, a tribute to AC/DC with “The Jack”, in which Alice, performing, threw playing cards, which I could not take, of course and, the card game continues with  the flashing tribute to Motörhead with the famous “Ace of Spades” with the image of Lemmy on the screen.

The Hollywood Vampires,  Lucca Summer fest, 6 July 2018, Valeria Campagnale, Rockers And Other Animals

Another cover follows, “Baba O’Riley” by The Who, followed by Hollywood creatures “As Bad As I Am” and  “Boogieman Surprise” in which Alice Cooper walk with inevitable walking stick, that still to use for his great “I’m Eighteen”, older piece always fresher in his every performance.
Another brilliant piece incited the audience to sing “People Who Died”, cover of The Jim Carroll Band.
It’s finally time for Joe Perry to see his close-up moment with the Aerosmith’ “Sweet Emotion”, one of the best piece from his band.
The adrenaline continues to flow song after song, “Bushwackers”, the amazing version of David Bowie’ “Heroes” 
sung by Johnny Depp, and the reckless Jack Sparrow can not leave me indifferent to such skill in this version of my childhood hero. Hats off to this phenomenal actor who, according to my opinion, has more fun playing rock than filming. Every time I can not hold back the tears listening to a Bowie song.
Alice asks us if we want another song, sure we want it! I’d love this show could be endless, and the Tiny Bradshaw’ cover follows “Train Kept A-Rollin’”.
Could this concert perhaps not end with a hit from Alice? No way, and the band give us the greatest “School’s Out”.

The Hollywood Vampires,  Lucca Summer fest, 6 July 2018, Valeria Campagnale, Rockers And Other Animals

A very very negative commentary I have to address to the women present at the concert.
I’m deeply ashamed, sometimes, to be female, like last night. Women of a certain age, who gave to Johnny Depp sexual messages that were not very veiled, surely not heard by Johnny,  who were crazy when he approached the stage. I disagree with all of this, I love Depp since he started as an actor, I can understand the teen girls screaming with joy, but not you!
They did not even know who Alice Cooper and Joe Perry are, music did not matter at all to them. All of this is rather embarrassing, especially for the fight, to be able to get a plectrum of Johnny Depp.

I personally thank Alice Cooper for her verve, her positive energy and the emotional charge that she always manages to give me. If I ever manage to meet you, dear Alice, I can tell you how important your music is to me.
Thanks also to my husband Ernesto who accompanies me everywhere in Italy to attend a concert of His Majesty! His patience is equal to my love for this fantastic artist.

The Hollywood Vampires,  Lucca Summer fest, 6 July 2018, Valeria Campagnale, Rockers And Other Animals


Setlist:
I Want My Now
Raise the Dead
I Got a Line on You (Spirit cover)
7 and 7 Is (Love cover)
My Dead Drunk Friends
Five to One/Break On Through (to the Other Side) (The Doors cover)
The Jack (AC/DC cover)
Ace of Spades (Motörhead cover)
Baba O’Riley (The Who cover)
As Bad As I Am
The Boogieman Surprise
I’m Eighteen (Alice Cooper cover)
People Who Died (The Jim Carroll Band cover)
Sweet Emotion (Aerosmith cover)
Bushwackers
Heroes (David Bowie cover)
Train Kept A-Rollin’ (Tiny Bradshaw cover)
Encore:
School’s Out (Alice Cooper cover)