Alice Cooper talks about the Hollywood Vampires, Johnny, new album and songs in a new interview for the AZ Central:
Depp wrote a lot of the album’s songs, and you can definitely hear that in the lyrics.
“I think there’s a lot of pent-up frustration in Johnny in the fact that there were so many things that were written about him that were untrue in the last year. I mean, so many things. I’m sitting there reading a newspaper. Sitting right across from him in Moscow, and I say, ‘It says here you weigh 110 pounds.’ He weighs like … I’ve never seen him look so good. He’s got abs. I mean, the guy’s in really great shape. ‘It says here that you’re depressed.’ He’s playing guitar and laughing, writing songs, and every single thing I read about him was absolutely the opposite of what was going on.”
“So this album, I think, is full of a lot of anger in his lyrics. And me singing them. He sings some of the stuff, but I sing most of it. I’m going ‘What did you mean by this?’ He goes, ‘Just sing it.’”
“I think ‘Who’s Laughing Now’ is in another words: ‘I survived this whole thing. I’m still here. And I’m still going strong.’ So, hopefully that tidal wave of bad press, that somebody decided to thrown on him, it’s over.”
> Alice Cooper also talked about those reports of Johnny spending money on wine.
“He goes, ‘Yeah. I don’t drink it,’ “Cooper says. "Wine is a great investment. You put it in your wine cellar and you let it get older. He says, ‘Yeah, I spent $30,000 on wine. I’m not gonna drink that wine. That wine’s really expensive.’
Cooper laughs and says:
"But that’s what it sounds like: ‘He spends $30,000 a month on wine. Oh, he must be drunk all the time.’ He wouldn’t be on stage with me if he was drunk all the time. I can tell you that. Because, I wouldn’t be in a band with him.”
> Alice Cooper also talked about “Heroes” that was recorded in the same studio David Bowie used when he recorded the original version, and how Johnny wanted Cooper to sing the lead vocal for this track:
"When we were in Berlin, we decided to record ‘Heroes’ there.”
“I went, ‘Why don’t you sing it?’ He says, ‘I don’t sing.’ I said, ‘You did "Sweeney Todd.’ He goes, ‘Oh yeah, I forgot about that.’’ , “Cooper laughs, then says: “So he can sing. We did it on tour, and the audience went crazy because he does a really good job of it.”
> Read the full interview and watch a video HERE