FANS have splashed out £1,000 a time for the chance to get up close and personal with Hollywood heart-throb Johnny Depp in Birmingham. Depp is playing the Genting Arena this Saturday in Hollywood Vampires, alongside shock rocker Alice Cooper and Aerosmith guitar hero Joe Perry. And ‘Ultimate Meet & Greet’ tickets priced £1,000 have completely sold out.
Fans who snapped up the pricey passes get a personal photo opportunity with the A-list trio, and time to chat with them backstage. They also get a reserved ticket in the first three rows, a signed photo and exclusive merchandise including a commemorative Meet & Greet laminate. Regular tickets for the gig were snapped up fast when they went on sale at up to £65 a time. It is the opening night of the celebrity band’s short UK tour, and has attracted fans from all round the world.
Hollywood Vampires featuring Johnny Depp, Alice Cooper and Joe Perry are coming to Genting Arena
Depp formed the band with rock icon Cooper and Perry, backed by a revolving door roster of musicians. Saturday’s line-up includes musicians from Cooper’s own band – including wife Sheryl – and Aerosmith and Ozzy Osbourne sidemen. Promoters say there could also be surprises on the night. Big names have often appeared at Vampires’ gigs unannounced. The premise of the supergroup is that they play mostly songs by rock acts who have lost members to tragedy. As the Birmingham Mail revealed last week, 54-year-old Depp will take centre stage to sing a poignant version of Bowie classic Heroes. Other songs in the setlist will include Motorhead’s Ace Of Spades – a tribute to the band’s late Midland frontman Lemmy. There are also likely to be hits originally made famous by The Who, AC/DC, The Doors, Spirit and Love. Because they are playing in the home of Led Zeppelin, they may also include Whole Lotta Love, which appeared on the Vampires’ debut album. Read More
Gigs traditionally finish with a mash-up of Cooper classic School’s Out and Pink Floyd anthem Another Brick In The Wall. After recent health concerns, Depp is said to be in fine form, and the band has won rave reviews for gigs across Europe. Cooper says that as a guitarist Depp is as “good as anybody I’ve worked with.” “He’s not new to playing on stage,” he said. “People are going to be very surprised when they hear him play because they know him as Jack Sparrow. “They’re going to say ‘Wait a minute. I didn’t have any idea he could play like that.’ He’s a real guitar player. “I wouldn’t be working with anybody who wasn’t as good as anybody I’ve worked with normally.”