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Alice Cooper’s shredder Nita Strauss preps for Biloxi show, new single

Nita Strauss will be joining Ryan Roxie and Tommy Henriksen as part of Alice Cooper’s three guitar assault at the Beau Rivage Resort & Casino on Friday.
Nita Strauss will be joining Ryan Roxie and Tommy Henriksen as part of Alice Cooper’s three guitar assault at the Beau Rivage Resort & Casino on Friday. Courtesy

Nita Strauss is not one to waste a lot of time. The guitarist, who has been touring with Alice Cooper since 2014 when he was opening for Motley Crüe on the “All Things Must End” tour, was back in Biloxi on Friday for another show with Cooper at the Beau Rivage Resort & Casino.

“The show at the Beau is the first show on the tour — again,” Strauss said in a phone interview with the Sun Herald. “We did a week of rehearsals here last year.”

She said fans of Cooper’s music will definitely not be seeing the same show they saw in 2016.

“This is an all-new show,” she said. “We’ve added some songs and we’re really excited about it.”

It also features a new snake.

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While Strauss is focusing on Friday’s show, she is also looking ahead to Monday, when she’ll be in Los Angeles.

“My band, We Start Wars, will be releasing its first single on Monday,” she said. “We also have a show at The Whiskey on May 25 — there’s a lot going on.”

She said she’s excited about the LA show.

“I played The Whiskey for the first time when I was 15,” she said. “So, it’s really cool that’s come full circle and I’m playing there 15 years later.”

Strauss, a self-professed “metal head,” replaced Australian guitarist Orianthi in Cooper’s band, who left in June 2014. Cooper said he wanted a “shredder” in Orianthi’ spot.

“We were getting ready to do the Motley tour and I had Ryan Roxie who can really rock it out and Tommy (Henriksen) who is a great rock ’n’ roll guitar player,” Cooper said, “but I needed a shredder for this audience and somebody brought up the name Nita Strauss and I heard her tape and immediately wanted her. She gets up there and just takes over.”

And Cooper said he knows Strauss will eventually launch her solo career.

“When she gets ready to make that leap, she will be ready because she’s been in the Alice Cooper band and that gives her a step up,” he said. “She is not only a great player but she can star in her own show.”

If you go

Alice Cooper

Beau Rivage Resort & Casino, 875 Beach Blvd. in Biloxi

8 p.m. Friday

Tickets start at $49.95 and are available at Ticketmaster.com

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