All eyes have been on Nita Strauss since she exited Alice Cooper’s band to join up with pop-star-turned-rocker Demi Lovato. Since then, Kane Roberts, who played with Alice during his 1980s resurgence, has been announced as a temporary touring replacement for Strauss.
But the key word here, as Strauss revealed in a new interview, might be “temporary.” According to the guitarist, she could be back in Cooper’s fold one day.
“It’s an interesting thing that everyone’s picked up saying it’s a ‘departure’ but I don’t feel, necessarily, that I left,” Strauss told Louder. “I took a step back and I’m stepping back from this upcoming tour but I don’t think anyone has ever used the word quitting or leaving outside of other people."
She continued, “When I had my last few shows with Alice, we had what Alice called a ‘Hiatus Dinner’ where he said, ‘We wish you the best, we love you, you’re welcome [to come] back.’ There’s no shutting of a door and changing of the guard, it’s just I’m taking a step back a little bit. Depending on what the schedule looks like next year, I may have the chance to come back, I may not. But it definitely doesn’t feel as final to me and to the people in Alice’s band and the inner circle as it has been portrayed out in the world.”
Regarding her time with the Coop, Strauss commented, “He’s the best. Alice and his wife Sheryl and his manager Shep, we’re a family. We’ve spent more of the last eight years together than we did with our flesh and blood families.
"So we just absolutely love, adore and respect each other, it’s a great place to be and if it is my last time there, anybody who steps into that role is super lucky.”