Ancient ALICE COOPER guitarist Nita Strauss officially joined the singer’s touring group Demi Lovato. NitaThe new gig was first reported as a rumor on Monday, July 11 on Metal Sludge’s website.
Nita made his live debut with Half Thursday evening (July 14) with a performance of Lovatois the new single, “Substance” on ABCit is Emmy Awards– winning late night show “Jimmy Kimmel Live!”. Video of the appearance can be seen below.
Lovato is set to hit the road in support of her eighth studio album, “Saint Fvck”which will be released on August 19 via Island Records. The first single from the LP, “The Skin of My Teeth”was made available last month.
The sequel to last year’s “Dancing with the Devil… The Art of Starting Over”, “Saint Fvck” would be a departure from Lovatothe typical pop aesthetic of and features a more punk-rock sound.
Lovato implied that “Saint Fvck” would usher in a new era for her after posting a photo in January with the caption “A funeral for my pop music.” She said later rolling stone that fans can expect to hear “heaviness” in his new sound.
“It’s a new era reminiscent of my first era,” she said. “I’m constantly evolving, constantly evolving. I’d love to put the rest of my music behind me and start fresh in this new era for this next album, but I do that every album cycle.”
Lovato recently announced a fall tour to support “Saint Fvck” with special guests SARA DEAD and ROYAL & THE SNAKE. The trek will begin September 22 in Wheatland, California and run through November 6 in Irving, Texas. Before that, Half will make appearances at Illinois State Fair August 13 and Iowa State Fair August 14. She also has a seven-date South American tour scheduled for late August and early September.
Monday (July 11), Nita announced that she would be absent Cooperfall 2022 tour. She also canceled festival dates that her solo band had planned for the rest of the year. The 35-year-old said in a statement that her “touring year” was “still VERY busy” and revealed that she was “on a direct flight to the next adventure”, adding cryptically that she ” would be back on stage much sooner.” than you think.”
Some Nitait is Cooper bandmates commented on his post, along with the guitarist ryan roxie writing, “No words – just notes…and God knows we’ve harmonized many over the years…nothing but love and respect.” Drummer Glen Sobel added: “You are super pro and prepared whatever the situation. We will miss you but we are also proud to be associated with Hurricane.”
Strauss had played with Cooper since 2014 when she replaced Australian musician and former michael jackson player Orianthi. She joined Alice in time for a mammoth MOTLEY CRUE round. She was recommended to Cooper by the legendary rocker’s former bassist and WINGER leader Kip Winger.
Last October, Nita share “Dead Inside”his first new solo music since the release of his debut album, 2018 “Controlled Chaos”. The track is his very first solo collaboration with a singer, David Draimanleader of grammys-nominated rock icons DISTURBED.
Nita published “Controlled Chaos” acclaimed by fans and the media, with Metal injection calling it “a great debut which – as its creator intended – leaves no doubt”, and guitar world indicating ““Controlled Chaos” is a panoramic view of Nita Strausshas many strengths.”
Besides playing with Cooper, Nita also performed with the R&B star jermaine jacksonearly MTV darlings FATAL WOMANvideo game supergroup CRITICAL STRIKE and popular tribute band IRON WOMEN.
In April 2020, Nita spear “Rock Guitar Basics” – an online guitar teaching program in three modules suitable for learners of all levels. The course is available at www.iwanttoplayguitar.com.
NitaThe live solo show is mostly instrumental in nature, combining originals with covers.