In a brand new interview with “The Roman Show”, Nita Strauss, the Los Angeles-based guitar shredder for the ALICE COOPER band, was asked if there is any other group that she would love to play guitar for. She responded (see video below): “Oh, so many. So many. You know, I love to play guitar; that’s the thing. If I’m gonna throw the first thing out there, it’s always METALLICA. METALLICA, if you guys are watching, I’m available.”
She continued: “I love to play guitar. I’ve never really been the type of guitar player that goes, ‘I’ll only play this style of music or that thing.’ I love my regular job playing with Alice Cooper, I love doing my solo stuff, I love doing guest spots and guest tours. So I just love to play, and I’ll play with anybody that’ll have me, just about.”
Strauss has been playing with Cooper since 2014 when she replaced Australian musician and former Michael Jackson player Orianthi. She joined Alice in time for a mammoth MÖTLEY CRÜE tour. She was recommended to Cooper by the legendary rocker’s former bass player and WINGER frontman Kip Winger.
Nita previously said that she she fell in love with heavy metal at the age of 15 after hearing MEGADETH‘s “Trust” for the first time. “And ever since then, it was sort of a non-stop train, a non-stop train of heavy metal… crazy train, if you will,” she laughed. “And, yeah, I mean, when you feel it, when you really feel a kind of music in your heart, and you know what you’re supposed to be doing, it’s a beautiful thing. I feel really lucky that I did.”
Nita‘s debut solo album, “Controlled Chaos”, was released in November via Sumerian Records. The disc was fueled by a Kickstarter campaign which generated over 600 percent of what Strauss was hoping to raise to help offset the costs around creating the record and touring it.
Last year, Strauss became the first female to have a signature series guitar with Ibanez. Nita is also the first female to have signature DiMarzio pickups.
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