Since 2014, Nita Strauss has been Alice Cooper’s right-hand guitarist. Prior to that high-profile gig, she was known for her work with the Iron Maiden all-female tribute band The Iron Maidens. Never one to rest on her laurels, last year Nita released her debut solo album, ‘Controlled Chaos,’ a proud musical achievement, she says.
In a recent interview with Detroit radio station WRIF, Strauss said that the album turned out exactly how she planned. “I’m very, very proud and very pleased with how it came out. And that it debuted in the Top 10 of the iTunes rock chart.” She added that it was a delight for her to see that ‘Chaos’ “debuted behind Queen and Chris Cornell. so it’s not like we were just hidden away in the back of the instrumental metal category.”
Considering the album consisted of instrumental music, Strauss says that the acceptance was rewarding. “It was just amazing to see that people in 2019, or 2018 when it came out, that in this day and age [they] really care about hearing an instrumental guitar record. And it meant everything to me.”
In an earlier statement, Strauss said, “I started playing guitar because of instrumental guitar music. All my real heroes made instrumental albums. All my own career has been spent playing in bands, but I never forgot that dream of what inspired me to pick up the guitar in the first place.”
Strauss replaced Australian musician and former Michael Jackson player Orianthi in Cooper’s band. She joined Alice in time for a mammoth MÖTLEY CRÜE tour and was recommended to Cooper by Winger frontman Kip Winger.