Nita Strauss took a break from playing with Alice Cooper this summer to tour with Demi Lovatowho has just released his rock-infused album Holy Fvck in August. The pop star openly praised Strauss’ guitar skills in a new interview with Varietyand said she has been able to rebuild her own guitar playing as a result.
“I knew I wanted a band for them Holy Fvck Tour who are not only very skilled with live instruments, but also know how to be comfortable on stage and are performers in their own right,” said Lovato.
“Nita fits that description and more – we have so much fun rocking out in rehearsals and on stage. My band also happens to be all female, which gives me strength,” the vocalist continued. “Working with Nita has helped me rebuild my skills on the guitar and she is definitely someone I learn from every day. I admire Nita for being such a badass rock guitarist in a male dominated field.”
Strauss announced her departure from Cooper’s band in early July, and made her first live performance with Lovato a couple of days later Jimmy Kimmel Live!. She has since gone into more detail about her intentions, noting that her split with Cooper isn’t necessarily permanent, and The shock rocker was extremely supportive of her decision. She just wanted to do something different for a while and is open to what the future holds.
“Who wouldn’t want to play with one of the biggest pop stars in the world who wants to bring this style of music — this hard music that we love — to a massive mainstream audience,” Strauss told Variety about working with Lovato. “What a no-brainer of an idea.”
Lovato’s American leg off Holy Fvck the tour kicks off Sept. 22 in Wheatland, California. Get tickets via this link.