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The Hollywood Vampires took the stage at Swansea Hall in Swansea Wales to salute many of the iconic rock heroes who have passed away over the years. The multi-talented group aimed to give their fans the best concert experience ever, and they succeeded handily.

The opening notes of "I Want My Now" had the entire floor at Swansea Hall rocking in unison with the Vampires. As with most of their songs, "Eighteen" had the packed crowd of 3,500 rockers singing along with the ageless Alice Cooper. "Five To One" was special as HV morphed it into The Doors classic, "Break On Through" which had the frenzied crowd rocking.

The Who classic,"Baba O'Riley," featured Chris Sobel on drums imitating Keith Moon's techniques, actions and movements all over his drum kit. The intro of "Who's Laughing Now"saw bassist Chris Wyse opening with a thunderous bass solo with the crowd clapping and stomping to the pounding riffs. During David Bowie's "Heroes," Johnny Depp showcased his vocal prowess, as the crowd swore it was David Bowie singing the huge hit.

The true highlight of the many tributes happened when Johnny Depp spoke about the recently departed Jeff Beck and what a true friend he was. Depp then held up Beck's iconic white Stratocaster and said, "This is Jeff Beck's best friend and it's only right that his good friend Joe Perry play him." The band began playing the opening of Link Wray's classic "Rumble" and then segued into "Beck's Bolero" while simultaneously showing scores of images of Jeff Beck throughout his stellar career. The audience hardly contained a dry eye and thanks to the Aerosmith guitarist there was a moment where it seemed that Jeff Beck was still with playing with the band.

After more Greatest Hits, a video played on the screens above the stage from the movie Young Frankenstein where Igor showed the doctor how to "walk this way," the signal for the Vampires to launch into the Aerosmith classic "Walk This Way". Their last song of the set was a ripping version of "Train Kept A Rolling" featuring great harmonica playing from 75 year-old Alice Cooper, still as spry and agile as many 30 year olds. - the markings of a true vampire!

The encore was a crowd pleasing singalong of "Schools Out," which morphed into Pink Floyd's "Another Brick In The Wall pt 2." The chorus of "teacher, leave them kids alone," turned the crowd animated with another singalong.

The Hollywood Vampires in Swansea was straightforward - They came, they performed, they kicked ass and they took no prisoners! This dynamic concert could be the impetus for a large tour of the USA, possibly worldwide, which I'd needs to be seen, heard and experienced by any and all music lovers!

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Author & Photographer: Michael Beers
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