Guitarist Nita Strauss Leaves Alice Cooper’s Band, Cancels All Solo Festival Dates
Only last week, shock rocker Alice Cooper was lauding his current band, and laying much of that praise at the feet of guitarist Nita Strauss. But now, it appears that Nita has quit Alice’s band, and has canceled all of her upcoming solo festival dates to boot.
Nita made the following announcement via her social media:
“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
“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.”
Aw, man, bummer — we were stoked to see Strauss perform on Alice’s upcoming tour. That said, we also hold Nita in high regard, and know that if she made what is obviously a massive career decision, it must be for good reasons.
All the best of luck to Strauss in her future endeavors. Meanwhile, if Nita’s departure hasn’t ruined the whole thing for you, check out Alice Cooper at one of his upcoming dates in September:
9/7 — Bethlehem, PA — Wind Creek Event Center [tickets]
9/9 — Alton, VA— Blue Ridge Rock Festival [tickets]
9/11 — Windsor, ON — The Colosseum @ Caesar’s [tickets]
9/13 — Buffalo, NY — Shea’s Buffalo* [tickets]
9/14 — Binghamton, NY — Visions Arena* [tickets]
9/16 — Albany, NY — The Palace Theater [tickets]
9/17 — Atlantic City, NJ — Tropicana Casino & Resort [tickets]
9/18 — Wallingford, CT — Toyota Oakdale Theatre [tickets]
9/20 — Muncie, IN — Emens Auditorium [tickets]
9/21 — Grand Rapids, MI — DeVos Hall [tickets]
9/22 — Hammond, IN — The Venue @ Horseshoe Casino [tickets]
9/24 — Louisville, KY — Louder than Life Festival [tickets]
9/25 — Chattanooga, TN — Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Auditorium [tickets]
9/27 — Memphis, TN — Orpheum Theater [tickets]
9/28 — St.Louis, MO — Stifel Theatre [tickets]
9/30 — Cedar Rapids, IA — Paramount Theater [tickets]
10/1 — Springfield, IL — Bank of Springfield Center [tickets]
10/4 — Loveland, CO — Budweiser Event Center [tickets]
10/6 — Prescott Valley, AZ — Findlay Toyota Center [tickets]
10/8 — Las Vegas, NV — TBA** [tickets]
*On sale is 6/10
**Venue and Onsale TBA