Alice Cooper Guitarist Nita Strauss Announces Leaving The Band

Alice Cooper guitarist Nita Strauss has announced that she is leaving the shock rocker’s band after nearly a decade and is canceling her festival dates with her solo band for the rest of the year.

“After this absolutely amazing run in Europe, it’s bittersweet for me to let you know that I will not be joining Alice Cooper’s band for the upcoming fall tour,” Strauss wrote in an Instagram post, which you can follow. can see below. “I will also reluctantly have to cancel the festival dates that my solo band had planned for the rest of the year.”

She continued: “I’M NOT PREGNANT!!! There’s no drama and my touring year is still VERY busy – in fact, I’m on a flight straight to the next adventure as I post this, and I’ll be on stage much sooner than you think! But that’s news for another day.

“The last eight years together have been the experience of a lifetime, and I couldn’t be more grateful to Alice and Sheryl Cooper, Shep Gordon, the amazing band, crew and fans for welcoming me into your whole nightmare,” she concluded. “I don’t know what the future holds after this, but I’m eternally grateful.”

Strauss joined Cooper’s touring band in 2014, replacing Orianthi and playing alongside Tommy Henriksen and Ryan Roxie. She did not perform on any of Cooper’s solo albums released during her tenure in his live band, in 2017. Paranormal and 2021 Detroit Stories.

The guitarist previously played in an all-female Iron Maiden tribute band called the Iron Maidens and a rebooted version of ’80s glam-metal band Femme Fatale. While playing with the latter band, Strauss came to the attention of Winger frontman and former Cooper collaborator Kip Winger, who recommended her when Cooper began arranging auditions for a new guitarist.

In a conversation with UCR in 2017, Strauss addressed the gendered criticism and skepticism she faced throughout her career, despite having graced the covers of prestigious guitar magazines, endorsed Marshall amps and received an Ibanez guitar and DiMarzio pickups.

“I try not to comment too much on Facebook on all the negativity, but I had to say at some point, someone was really starting to surprise me, naming all these guitarists who were better than me and should get the recognition , which should be on the cover of The Musician’s Friend — which I was on the cover of in December,” she said.

“‘Why is she on the cover? Because she has boobs.’ And I said, ‘Well, when all these guys spend their whole lives in vans, starving and cold and tired, driving all night, hoping to sell enough t-shirts at the next gig to get you to the concert. afterwards; when all these guys take time away from family, school and friends to pursue their dreams, then they get to be on the cover of all these magazines.'”

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