Orianthi On Her Decision To Leave Alice Cooper Band
Former Alice Cooper and Michael Jackson guitarist Orianthi recently appeared on The Mitch Lafon and Jeremy White Show and reflected on his decision to leave Cooper in 2014.
Orianthi stepped into her professional music career as a solo artist when she released her debut solo album, ‘Violet Journey,’ in 2005. Her breakthrough moment came when she performed as Carrie Underwood’s lead guitarist in 2009 at the 51st annual Grammy Awards. Following that performance, she joined Michael Jackson’s band for his post-retirement album ‘This Is It’ and tour.
Later, the guitarist joined Alice Cooper’s touring and studio bands in 2011 as a replacement for Damon Johnson. Orianthi became the first female member of the band. Following the two world tours she did with Alice Cooper, the guitarist resigned in June 2014. Another female guitarist, Nita Strauss, replaced her. Then, Orianthi joined former Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora for his solo tour in Australia and Europe. The two also released a studio album titled ‘Radio Free America’ with the name RSO in 2018.
During a recent appearance, Orianthi talked about her decision to leave the Alice Cooper band in 2014. The guitarist explained that when he met Richie Sambora during his tenure in the band, they immediately started jamming and had good chemistry. Then, Sambora asked if she would consider leaving Cooper’s band and making a record together. It was difficult for her to tell Alice that she would depart since he is like a family to her. However, Cooper supported her decision to leave and make something new.
Speaking on her decision to depart from the Alice Cooper band, Orianthi said:
“I was with Alice for three and a half years at that point, and then I met Richie; probably it was New Year’s Eve in Maui. He showed up last minute, and we just ended up jamming even though I had never met him. And then, after that show, he kept messaging me, ‘Come on over, come and jam me, let’s hang out.’ So, okay, that would be awesome.
So we did, and we just got together. We were dating first, then I was on the road with Alice, and he said, ‘I have this idea; why don’t we do a duo and put out a record together?’ I was like, ‘Yeah, that sounds cool.’ He had this whole plan, so he said, ‘But you got to tell Alice. We’ve got to do this full-time kind of thing.’ I went in, and it was hard for me obviously because Alice is like in this whole family.
I went in and said to Alice, ‘I’m going to join Richie for a bit and do this project.’ He was really cool and supportive of whatever I wanted to do. He’s like another dad, and Sheryl as well. We went and made a record. It was about four years with Bob Rock, and it just came out.”
You can watch the entire conversation below.