Drummer Glen Sobel (ORIANTHI, SIXX A:M, IMPELLITTERI) along with ALICE COOPER band mate Tommy Henriksen (WARLOCK, WAR & PEACE) on guitar provided musical backup for Alice, Steven Tyler, and Marilyn Manson as they joined actor/musician Johnny Depp at Duesenberg Guitars’ NAMM after-party on Saturday night.
The band, consisting of Sobel and Henriksen, along with half of Depp’s early 80’s band THE KIDS, Bruce Witkin on bass and Joe Malone (LITTLE CAESAR) on guitar, kicked things off with two songs before bringing out singer MARILYN MANSON for a few. Manson went straight into his hits “Dope Show” and “Sweet Dreams”, then ducked into a fantastic cover of “20th Century Boy”. Manson finished out his set with “The Beautiful People.”
Johnny Depp introduced Alice and the band played 5 songs beginning with a medley of THE DOORS’ “5 to 1” and “Break On Through.” The band went on to play I “Got A Line On You”, “Brown Sugar” and the immortal Cooper classic “School’s Out” with a twist of PINK FLOYD’s “Another Brick In The Wall” at the end.
Cooper left the stage only to switch places with AEROSMITH’s Steven Tyler. Tyler came on and pretended to have a sore throat, telling the crowd that he wasn’t really able to sing. Then he tore into an intro to “I’m Down” surprising everyone. They continued with “House of the Rising Sun”, and an incredible acoustic version of “Seasons of Wither” featuring Tyler seated with a 12-string acoustic. The band kicked things back into high gear with “Train Kept A-Rollin” before bringing Manson and Cooper back for the finale song, “Come Together.”
In other news, Sobel has tracked drums for the upcoming ALICE COOPER covers record which is due out later this year. A collection of classic tunes, it will feature a variety of yet-to-be disclosed special guests. Cooper will resume touring next year, including a confirmed Sweden Rock Festival headline appearance on June 5, 2014.