Alice Cooper’s annual Phoenix benefit features original band, Johnny Depp
PHOENIX — Alice Cooper is getting the band back together, with some additional star power, for his annual Phoenix benefit show next month.
The surviving members of the original Alice Cooper group will be joined onstage by Johnny Depp during the 18th Annual Christmas Pudding fundraiser Dec. 14 at Celebrity Theatre.
The “Pirates of the Caribbean” actor, who’s been a frequent Christmas Pudding contributor, will back up Cooper on guitar along with guitarist Michael Bruce, drummer Neal Smith and bassist Dennis Dunaway during the star-studded show.
Depp played at last year’s benefit for Cooper’s Solid Rock Teen Centers as a member of the Phoenix-bred shock rocker’s Hollywood Vampires supergroup.
This year’s event includes performances from Judas Priest singer Rob Halford, Gary Cherone and Nuno Bettencourt of Extreme, rocker Mark Slaughter, guitar hero Joe Bonamassa and Debbie Sledge with Sister Sledge.
Comedians Gary Mule Deer and Jim Breuer are also on the bill.
“As always, Solid Rock is trying to put together a show with new and classic headliners,” Cooper said in a press release. “The uniqueness of this concert is that you’ll never see this caliber and variety of artists on the same stage again.”
Tickets, which start at $50 plus fees, are available through the Celebrity Theatre website.
Cooper’s Solid Rock Teen Centers offer free music, dance, arts and vocational programs for young people ages 12-20.