In 2015, Alice Cooper formed The Hollywood Vampires band with actor/guitarist Johnny Depp and Aerosmith axeman Joe Perry
. Their eponymous album was released on September 11, 2015. Cooper told Digital Spy
: "It was one of those things we realized that - doesn't matter what band you're in; The Beatles, The Stones - every band was a cover band at one time. We all started in bars and we all started by playing other people's music. So I said, 'Why don't we do an album dedicated to our drinking club The Hollywood Vampires?'
"In the early '70s we used to go to the Rainbow every night; Keith Moon, Harry Nilsson, and John Lennon when he was in town, and it was just a bunch of guys who met there every night and it was last man standing," he continued. "Everybody was at the top of their game at the time, but now there's only three of us left. Most of the guys, John, Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison are all gone, so I said, 'Let's do an album dedicated to all our dead drunk friends.'"