Nita Strauss has been playing with Alice Cooper since 2014, but now the guitar phenom has announced she is exiting the band.
In a social media post earlier today, July 11, Strauss wrote:
"After this absolutely incredible run in Europe, it is bittersweet for me to let you guys know that I will not be joining the Alice Cooper band for the upcoming fall tour. I will also regretfully have to cancel the festival dates my solo band had planned for the rest of the year.”
She continued, "I AM NOT PREGNANT!!! There is no drama whatsoever and my touring year is still VERY full- in fact, I'm on a flight straight into the next adventure as I post this, and I'll be on stage again much sooner than you think! But that's news for another day.”
"The past eight years together has been the experience of a lifetime, and I could not be more grateful to Alice and Sheryl Cooper, Shep Gordon, the amazing band, crew and fans for welcoming me to all of your nightmare.
"I don't know what the future will hold after this, but I am forever thankful."
During her time with Alice, Strauss released her first solo album, 2018’s all-instrumental Controlled Chaos. Last year, she issued a follow-up single, “Dead Inside,” featuring guest vocals from Disturbed front man David Draiman. Strauss is also the first female artist to receive her own Ibanez signature model guitar, the JIVA10.