Published Feb 04, 2016Earlier this week, we reported that Lady Gaga would be honouring David Bowie with a performance at this year's Grammy Awards. Now, it has been revealed that a handful of high-profile musicians have teamed up to pay homage to another late rock legend — Lemmy.
Alice Cooper has spoken to Rolling Stone, unveiling that his supergroup Hollywood Vampires will be performing a brand new tribute song for the Motörhead frontman at the Grammys ceremony. The band consists of Cooper, actor Johnny Depp and Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry, though they roped in an impressive slew of guests like Paul McCartney, Dave Grohl, Slash, Brian Johnson, Perry Farrell, Joe Walsh and Zak Starkey for their self-titled debut album.
"We started this band as a means to toast our 'dead drunk friends' at the Rainbow, all the ghosts in the bar, and now I guess Lemmy is involved in that, too," Cooper told Rolling Stone.
The new track is titled "As Bad as I Am" and will be premiered during the televised awards show broadcast. It will then be included as a bonus track on an upcoming deluxe version of Hollywood Vampires. Also included as bonus tracks are covers of the Who's "I'm a Boy" and Love's "7 and 7 Is."
Details of the band's Grammy performance haven't been finalized, though Cooper did admit they were toying with the idea of covering Motörhead's "Ace of Spades," in addition to debuting their original ode.
Recalling his friendship with Lemmy, Cooper told Rolling Stone:
He was always funny… A couple weeks before his death, Lemmy came up to me and said, 'Alice, I've quit drinking.' And he's got a glass in his hand. And I go, 'Really?' And he says, 'Yeah, I don't drink whiskey anymore. I drink vodka.' And I went, 'Lemmy, do you think your liver has any idea what color the alcohol is?' He said, well it's a step down from whiskey.' And I went, 'OK. Any step's a good step.'
As for the new song, he offered, "I like that it's a pure rocker. It moves. It's what I think rock'n'roll needs right now."
The Grammy Awards are set to take place on February 15 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.