Alice Cooper’s Nita Strauss Shares Her Biggest Regret About Slash

In a recent interview with Appetite for Distortion, Alice Cooper’s guitarist Nita Strauss opened up about her career, experiences, and a particular moment she shared with the legendary Slash. For fans of both musicians, it’s a fascinating insight into the world of rock and roll and the relationships that develop between iconic artists.

Nita Strauss, a force in her own right, has been making waves in the music industry since joining Alice Cooper‘s team in 2014. As one of the most respected female guitarists in the rock world, she has earned her place alongside some of the industry’s biggest names. Even as such, Strauss had heroes from the music industry that influenced her music, including Guns N’ Roses‘ Slash.

During the interview, Strauss recalled a charity event at which she had the opportunity to meet and perform with the iconic guitarist. In her excitement, she shared her biggest regret about that encounter – not fully expressing her admiration and gratitude for the impact he had on her career.

In her own words:

“I have played with Slash at a benefit that Alice was having – Alice has a charity in Phoenix called Alice Cooper Solid Rock, which is a teen center that benefits all teens ages 12-20 and gives them a safe space to be after school with music lessons and stuff like that. So, we did a charity event, and I got to perform with Slash that day. It was an amazing experience. He obviously is such an incredible player. Getting to sort of stand next to him on stage and trade some solos together. Then, at the end, we’re like getting off stage, and I just gave him a quick one-arm hug, and I said, ‘Hey, Slash! Thank you very much. That was great.’ In my brain, I was thinking, ‘I was a young guitar player, and you were a big influence, and you know, I spent so many years trying to figure out your licks!’ Instead, all I said was like, ‘Hey! It was great. Thanks.’ And he was like, ‘Yeah, play great things.’ I was like, ‘No big deal!’ So, it’s like those moments – I played it cool. Maybe, a bit too cool. If I have the chance again, maybe I’ll tell him the same thing that everybody else tells him, which is what an influence he was and how much he changed the face of music as we know it and all that good stuff.”

This candid moment highlights the human aspect of musicians, who still have their own personal heroes and influences despite their fame and success. In the end, we’re all fans of someone, and it’s a reminder that even rock stars can be a little starstruck from time to time. Here’s hoping that Nita Strauss gets another chance to share her heartfelt appreciation with Slash someday.