Alice Cooper‘s touring guitarist Nita Strauss has announced that she is leaving the band.
Announcing the news on social media, Strauss also revealed that she will not be part of the legendary rocker’s Fall 2022 tour and that she has canceled all the festival dates her solo band had planned for the rest of the year.
Strauss, who recently concluded a European tour, said, “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.”
Giving no room for speculation about her departure, the Los Angeles-based solo artist added, “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,” Strauss said, referring to her eight-year tenure in the rock band.
Strauss, 35, was hired to replace Orianthi as Alice Cooper’s touring guitarist in June 2014.
She was ranked No. 1 on Guitar World‘s list of “10 Female Guitar Players You Should Know.”
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