Super group The Hollywood Vampires played a surprise set on Saturday night (21st January) in Anaheim, California, as part of the annual NAMM Show. The group, which includes Alice Cooper and Johnny Depp, were on hand at the industry get together to honour fellow member Joe Perry, who was receiving a special award.
Taking place at the Anaheim Convention centre from 19th - 22nd January, the NAMM Show is the industry's biggest musical expo, and sees musicians, distributors, and industry insiders gather for the almost week-long series of events.
Centred around the event, the Annual NAMM TEC Awards honours those who have mate great strides in the industry. The 32nd annual awards saw Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry, one of music’s most significant artists and executives, receive the evening’s highest honour, the Les Paul Award.
Dedicating his award to to his late manager Howard Kaufman, Perry accepted the honour from his Hollywood Vampires band mate and actor Johnny Depp. The pair then joined fellow Aerosmith guitarist Brad Whitford and Alice Cooper on stage, for a live run through a number of classic covers. Kicking off with Spirit's 'I Got A Line On You', the six-piece threw in a brace of Alice Cooper classics in 'I'm Eighteen' and 'School's Out', before closing with Aerosmith's 'Walk This Way'.
Keeping it in the family meanwhile, famed Aerosmith engineer and producer Jack Douglas also became the newest inductee to the NAMM TEC Awards Hall of Fame. Douglas engineered and produced many multi-platinum associated for many of Aerosmith’s most iconic releases and is affectionately dubbed "the sixth member” of the band.
Joe Perry will spend 2017 on the road with Aerosmith as part of their farewell 'It's Aero-Vederci!' tour. With stops including a return headline slot at Download Festival, as well as a date at Dublin's 3Arena, the tour is expected to run well into 2018 before the band say their final goodbyes.