Hollywood Vampires Planning Lemmy Tribute at Grammys
Rock supergroup the Hollywood Vampires are planning to pay tribute to late music legend Lemmy Kilmister at the upcoming Grammy Awards. The band, which features Johnny Depp, Alice Cooper, and Aerosmith’s Joe Perry, has been added to the list of performers at the glitzy music industry prizegiving in Los Angeles on February 15.
Cooper has now revealed they are plotting a Grammys tribute to Motorhead frontman Kilmister, who passed away in December, and they may even play the band’s biggest hit “Ace of Spades.” “I might do it (“Ace of Spades”) more ‘Alice Cooper style,’ but it would still have to have that growl, that guttural voice to make it work,” he told Rolling Stone. The Hollywood Vampires take their name from a celebrity drinking club which gathered at the Rainbow Bar & Grill in Los Angeles in the 1970s, featuring members such as late The Who drummer Keith Moon, and Cooper is convinced a Hollywood Vampires tribute is fitting for Kilmister. “We started this band as a means to toast our ‘dead drunk friends’ at the Rainbow, all the ghosts in the bar, and now I guess Lemmy is involved in that, too,” he explains. “Find me somebody who didn’t love Lemmy. He’s just one of those guys that’s impossible not to like. He was always funny.” Cooper goes on to talk about Kilmister’s prolific drinking, which the rocker began to curb prior to his death, adding, “I’m a ‘healed’ alcoholic and I haven’t had anything to drink in 35 years. A lot of people that drink always feel a little bit like they owe an explanation to me. A couple (of) weeks before his death, Lemmy came up to me and said, ‘Alice, I’ve quit drinking.’ And he’s got a glass in his hand. And I go, ‘Really?’ And he says, ‘Yeah, I don’t drink whiskey anymore. I drink vodka’. And I went, ‘Lemmy, do you think your liver has any idea what color the alcohol is?’ He said, ‘Well it’s a step down from whiskey.’ And I went, ‘OK. Any step’s a good step.'”