Nita Strauss Premieres Music Video For New Song “Dead Inside” Featuring Disturbed’s David Draiman

Nita Strauss (Alice Cooper, etc.) has premiered a new video for her new song “Dead Inside.” This track features Disturbed’s David Draiman and it is expected to appear on the guitarist’s upcoming solo album.

Strauss commented:

“This is my first time releasing my own music with a vocalist, and I am so honored to take this step alongside a legend like David Draiman. David’s voice and powerful lyrics took this song to a level I could never have imagined! And we are so excited to unleash this song on the world.”

Draiman added:

“Serendipity can be really cool. We’ve been friends for years. Nita sent me the track… I didn’t have time to work on it right away… then, in literally a couple of days, while killing time in Santa Monica, the whole thing just came together. Incredibly proud of how it turned out and honored to be a part of it.”

Alice Cooper Breaks Cane Onstage, Accidentally Hits Nita Strauss In The Head

During Alice Cooper’s October 7 show in Charlotte, NC, a piece of the frontman’s cane ended up breaking off and hitting guitarist Nita Strauss in the head. You can see fan-filmed footage of that below. Strauss commented:

“When I joined the Alice Cooper band in 2014, he gave me the same promise he gives all the touring band members: ‘You’re going to see the world, you’re going to get paid, and you’re going to get stitches.’ He left out ‘oh and you may get brained by flying broken cane pieces from the first song’ 😆 All in a day’s work on an Alice Cooper tour 🎩 no real harm done 😆🙏🏻”

Nita Strauss Announces 2021 North American Tour

Nita Strauss (Alice Cooper, etc.) has announced a solo North American tour. The trek will take place this November/December.

Tour Dates:

11/10 New Orleans, LA – The Hangar
11/11 Houston, TX – Scout Bar
11/12 Dallas, TX – Amplified Live
11/13 San Antonio, TX – The Rock Box
11/15 El Paso, TX – RockHouse Bar & Grill
11/16 Tuscon, AZ – Encore
11/17 Phoenix, AZ – Rebel Lounge
11/18 Los Angeles, CA – Whisky A Go Go
11/21 Sacramento, CA – Harlows
11/22 San Jose, CA – The Ritz
11/24 San Diego, CA – Brick By Brick
11/27 Denver, CO – HQ
11/30 Destin, FL – Club LA
12/01 Orlando, FL – The Haven
12/02 Atlanta, GA – Masquerade
12/03 Spartanburg, SC – Ground Zero
12/04 Greensboro, NC – The Blind Tiger
12/07 New York, NY – Market Hotel
12/08 Baltimore, MD – Ottobar
12/09 Pittsburgh, PA – Jergels
12/10 Harrison, OH – Blue Note
12/11 Flint, MI – Machine Shop
12/12 Toronto, ON – Horseshoe Tavern
12/14 Cleveland, OH – The Odeon
12/15 Chicago, IL – Reggie’s Rock Club
12/16 Minneapolis, MN – Skyway Theater
12/17 Milwaukee, WI – The Back Room @ Colectivo
12/18 Angola, IN – The Eclectic Room

Nonpoint, Spiritbox, Etc. Added To 2022 ShipRocked Cruise

More bands have been added to the 2022 ShipRocked cruise. As previously reported, the Carnival Breeze will sail from Galveston, TX to Costa Maya and Cozumel, Mexico on January 22-27. Here’s the updated lineup: Lamb Of God, I Prevail, 10 Years, ’68, Avatar, Ayron Jones, Badflower, Blacktop Mojo, Bones UK, Dead Poet Society, Dead Sara, From Ashes To New, Grandson, He Is Legend, Lilith Czar, Motionless In White, Nonpoint, Oxymorons, P.O.D., Raveneye, Sevendust, Spiritbox, Steel Panther, VRSTY, Wage War, and Zero 9:36. Special sets from the Cherry Bombs, Drowning Pool, Islander, Lamb Of God guitarist Mark Morton, Otherwise, We Are The Fallen, and The Stowaways all-star jam band are also planned. The latter all-star band will feature: H.R. (Bad Brains), Frank Bello (Anthrax), Joey Belladonna (Anthrax), Vernon Reid (Living Colour), John Tempesta (The Cult), Jason Hook (ex-Five Finger Death Punch), John De Servio (Black Label Society), Dario Lorina (Black Label Society), Nita Strauss (Alice Cooper), Phil X (Bon Jovi), Sahaj Ticotin (RA), Dave Bruckner (ex-Papa Roach), Drew Johnston (Kaleido), Christina Chriss (Kaleido), Michael Vampire (Vampires Everywhere!), Kurt Deimer, Leo Moracchioli, Madame Mayhem, and Tyson Leslie.

Nita Strauss On New Solo Album: “I Think It’s Some Of The Most Interesting Stuff I’ve Done Musically”

During a recent appearance on Kylie Olsson’s “Life In Six Strings,” Nita Strauss (Alice Cooper, etc.) discussed her upcoming solo album. The guitarist says she thinks the material is “some of the most interesting stuff [she has] done musically.”

Strauss said the following about working on the record amid the pandemic:

“That’s been really an interesting experience, writing and being creative when you really are sort of stuck in this bubble and you have no stimuli to get you inspired to do things. It’s been an interesting process being creative in this time, but ultimately I’m really proud of how everything is coming out. I think it’s some of the most interesting stuff I’ve done musically. And I’ve been focusing a lot more on the song. My first album was kind of, like, ‘How much cool guitar stuff can I do?’ And this time there’s a lot of cool guitar stuff, if I do say so myself, but there’s also a lot more of a focus on the song and the songwriting and the journey that it takes the listener on. I’ve been working with different songwriters and producers to sort of help me refine my skills in that area and not just be vomiting guitar all over the song. [Laughs] And it’s been a really good growth process for me. So I’m really happy with how it’s coming out.”

She also confirmed that the effort will have guest vocalists:

“I will have some guest singers on it this time. There are a couple of names that are attached that, one in particular, if this happens, will be a really, really crazy crossover that people wouldn’t expect, and then some of the others more people that vibe with my personal style. But whatever it is, I can promise you it will not be boring and it will not be what you would expect.”

Strauss also added:

“The first one, I did absolutely everything, and that was more out of stubbornness than anything. I wanted to make my own statement; I wanted to do it all myself. I didn’t want any external influence telling me how it should be done. So I produced it, I engineered it, I played everything that I could play. I’m not a good enough drummer or keyboard player to play that stuff, but anything that I could do myself I did. And this time around, I’m really happy to take a step back from the engineering bit of it and really just focus on being a guitar player and songwriter. So I’m still engineering my own guitars, I still engineered the keyboards and stuff like that, but I’m not gonna be engineering the drums. When Josh [Nita’s longtime boyfriend, manager and drummer Josh Villalta] goes in and plays the live drums, I’m not gonna be the one miking them this time, so you’re welcome. [Laughs] And then the same thing with the vocalist. I don’t know how to record vocals. I feel no ego about taking a step back and letting somebody that really knows what they’re doing do it. I think that’s good growth for me, because I would have stubbornly flailed around on my own until I made it sound decent. And now I’m really just happy to step back and embrace the process and work with some really good people.”

[via Blabbermouth]

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Watch Nita Strauss Perform U.S. National Anthem At WWE NXT “TakeOver: Stand & Deliver” Event

Last night (April 7), Nita Strauss (Alice Cooper, etc.) performed the U.S. national anthem during the “NXT TakeOver: Stand & Deliver” event in Tampa, FL. You can see footage of that below. As previously reported, Poppy will be performing at the same event tonight (April 8).

Poppy And Nita Strauss To Perform At WWE NXT “TakeOver: Stand & Deliver” Event

Poppy and Nita Strauss will be performing at the upcoming “NXT TakeOver: Stand & Deliver” event in Tampa, FL. Strauss is set to perform the U.S. national anthem on night one (April 7), while Poppy is set to perform a new song on night two (April 8).

Paul “Triple H” Levesque told Billboard the following about Poppy’s performance:

“[Poppy is] custom built for us and we immediately reached out. NXT, a two-hour weekly live show, caters to a younger demographic and we typically have up-and-coming talent that we’ve been able to expose them in a bigger way to the world outside of their genre. It’s a great platform for her and it’s great for us.”

Strauss also commented on her performance via Instagram:

“IT’S TRUE!!! I am incredibly excited to get on stage to kick off #Wrestlemania week this Wednesday with the National Anthem at #NXTTakeover Stand & Deliver 👊🏻 Time to get #NXTLOUD!!!! 🇺🇸 #WeAreNXT”

This news comes after it was recently revealed that New Years Day’s Ash Costello will be performing Rhea Ripley’s entrance theme at WrestleMania 37.

Numerous Rock And Metal Guitarists To Take Part In Fundraiser For Jason Becker

Numerous rock and metal guitarists will be teaming up to raise money for legendary guitarist Jason Becker, who has been battling ALS for over 30 years. The fundraiser will take place throughout March and April and it will be hosted by DragonForce‘s Herman Li.

Here’s what the fundraiser will include:

“1) A livestream telethon-style fundraiser on Twitch: special guests will appear on Herman Li’s Twitch channel to play, jam and participate in fan-generated challenges with all money raised going directly to Jason’s medical trust. Over $13,000 has been raised so far. Visit Jasonbecker.com or twitch.tv/hermanli for a full schedule of livestream guests.

2) Artists will donate signed guitars, merch and other rare items which will be sold via a special Reverb shop to benefit Jason. Details to be announced.

3) Three of Jason’s most important guitars will be auctioned off later this year, including the guitars seen on the covers of “Perpetual Burn”, “Speed Metal Symphony” and the original “Numbers” guitar played by Eddie Van Halen. Details to be announced.”

Here’s the musicians that will be taking part:

  • Marty Friedman (ex-Megadeth)
  • Steve Vai
  • Joe Satriani
  • Steve Lukather (Toto)
  • Mark Tremonti (Alter Bridge, Tremonti)
  • John Petrucci (Dream Theater)
  • Kiko Loureiro (Megadeth)
  • Tosin Abasi (Animals As Leaders)
  • Nita Strauss (Alice Cooper)
  • Orianthi
  • Devin Townsend
  • David Ellefson (Megadeth)
  • Michael Angelo Batio
  • Guthrie Govan
  • Tim Henson (Polyphia)
  • Alex Skolnick (Testament)
  • Albert Lee
  • Matt Heafy (Trivium)
  • Zoltan Bathory (Five Finger Death Punch)
  • Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal (Sons Of Apollo, ex-Guns N’ Roses)
  • Satchel (Steel Panther)
  • John 5 (Rob Zombie)
  • Gus G (Firewind)
  • Nili Brosh (The Iron Maidens)
  • Jason Richardson (All That Remains)
  • The Dooo
  • Jared Dines
  • Ola Englund (The Haunted)
  • Steve Terreberry
  • Tyler Larson (Music is Win on YouTube)
  • Cole Rolland
  • Thomas McRocklin
  • Rusty Cooley
  • Mattias IA Eklundh (Freak Kitchen)
  • Sam Totman (DragonForce)
  • Chris Broderick (Act Of Defiance, ex-Megadeth)
  • Lari Basilio
  • Sophie Lloyd
  • Federico Mondelli and Fabiola Bellomo (Frozen Crown)
  • Alex Lee (Holy Grail)
  • Stevie Salas
  • Elliot Easton (The Cars)
  • Mika Tyyska
  • Daniel Dekay (Diemonds)
  • N&M Creation

Li commented:

“I’ve been a huge fan of Jason Becker since I was young, and it’s one of the biggest honors of my life to be able to help organize this tribute and raise money for him. I still have a Jason Becker poster in my studio in London. It’s been very inspiring to see everyone coming together to celebrate Jason.”

Becker added:

“I am so grateful for all the love and support everyone has given to me and my family. As far as selling my guitars being sad, and that I shouldn’t have to do it, I just want you to know that isn’t how I feel. It makes me happy to see others playing my music. I feel good about passing on my guitars, thinking they mean something to others. I can’t play them now, but other folks can. That’s a good thing. And, I want myself and my family not to have to worry about money, if possible. Thank you for all the love, I send it right back to you.”

Nita Strauss Discusses How She Became The In-House Guitarist For The Los Angeles Rams In New Video

Sumerian Records have shared a new video in which Nita Strauss (Alice Cooper, etc.) discusses how she became the in-house guitarist for the Los Angeles Rams. You can check that out below:

Rock/Metal Musicians Pay Tribute To The Late Eddie Van Halen

As previously reported, Van Halen’s Eddie Van Halen has sadly passed away following a battle with cancer. A number of rock/metal musicians have since taken to social media to pay tribute to the legendary guitarist and some of the various posts can be found below:

David Lee Roth (Van Halen):

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What a Long Great Trip It’s Been..

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Michael Anthony (ex-Van Halen, etc.):

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No words…Heartbroken, my love to the family💔

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Sammy Hagar (ex-Van Halen, etc.):

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Heartbroken and speechless. My love to the family.

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Metallica:

AC/DC:

Gene Simmons (KISS):

Black Sabbath’s Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, and Geezer Butler:

Pantera:

Mark Morton (Lamb Of God):

Slash (Guns N’ Roses):

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RIP #EddieVanHalen

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Brian May (Queen):

Scott Ian (Anthrax):

John 5 (Rob Zombie, etc.):

Zach Myers (Shinedown):

Nita Strauss (Alice Cooper, etc.):

Dave Lombardo (ex-Slayer, etc.):

Nickelback:

Mike Portnoy (ex-Dream Theater, etc.):

Vernon Reid (Living Colour):

Jamey Jasta (Hatebreed):

Mötley Crüe’s Mick Mars, Vince Neil, Nikki Sixx, and Tommy Lee:

Alex Skolnick (Testament):

Gary Holt (Exodus, etc.):

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I am CRUSHED. Loss of words. RIP. One of my hero’s. FUCK 2020

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Robb Flynn (Machine Head):

Phil Demmel (ex-Machine Head, etc.):

Bret Michaels (Poison):

Flea (Red Hot Chili Peppers):