Alice Cooper guitarist Nita Strauss has announced full details of her forthcoming solo album, 'Controlled Chaos' and a two month US tour to promote the record.
The instrumental album, which was financed via a highly successful kickstarter campaign, will be released on November 16th through Sumarian Records and there are now various pre-order bundles available through NitaStrauss.com. Nita has also released a preview video for 'Our Most Desperate Hours' which you can also see at YouTube. The self-produced album features the following tracks:
01. Prepare For War
03. Our Most Desperate Hour
04. Mariana Trench
05. Here With You
06. The Stillness At The End
07. The Quest
08. Hope Grows
09. Lion Among Wolves
10. Pandemonium 2.0
11. The Show Must Go On
Blabbermouth have the full press release including words from Nita. You can also check out a new video interview with Nita over at MetalInjection.
To promote the album Nita will hit the road in the US during November and December on a co-headline tour with Angel Vivaldi. Again Blabbermouth have the press release.This would suggest there will either be no more Alice Cooper shows this year after the currently announced dates, or that if there are, Nita will not be part of them. The full list of dates is as follows with tickets on sale now and VIP upgrades also available.
Nov. 19 - New Bedford, MA @ Greasy Luck
Nov. 20 - Philadelphia, PA @ Voltage Lounge
Nov. 21 - Clifton, NJ @ Dingbatz
Nov. 23 - Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Baazar
Nov. 24 - Kent, OH @ Outpost Concert Spot
Nov. 25 - Detroit, MI @ The Loving Touch
Nov. 27 - Berwyn, IL @ Wire
Nov. 28 - Iowa City, IA @ Gabe's
Nov. 29 - Kansas City, MO @ The Riot Room
Nov. 30 - Denver, CO @ Marquis Theater
Dec. 01 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Club X
Dec. 02 - Boise, ID @ The Shredder
Dec. 04 - Seattle, WA @ Club Sur Rocks
Dec. 05 - Portland, OR @ Paris Theatre
Dec. 06 - Orangevale, CA @ The Boardwalk
Dec. 07 - San Diego, CA @ Brick by Brick
Dec. 08 - Scottsdale, AZ @ Pub Rock
Dec. 09 - Los Angeles, CA @ 1720
Dec. 11 - Austin, TX @ Come and Take It Live
Dec. 12 - Houston, TX @ Scout Bar
Dec. 13 - Dallas, TX @ Trees
Dec. 14 - Memphis, TN @ Hi-Tone
Dec. 15 - Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
Dec. 16 - Orlando, FL @ The Haven
Dec. 17 - Margate, FL @ O'Malley's
Dec. 18 - Tampa, FL @ Crowbar
Dec. 19 - Spartanburg, SC @ Ground Zero
Dec. 20 - Richmond, VA @ Canal Club
Dec. 21 - Asbury Park, NJ @ House of Independents
Finally in this Nita-heavy news post the lady got the chance to meet her idol Steve Vai last night as part of Vai's 'Big Mama Jama Jamathon' in Los Angeles. The event runs over three days and consists of 52 hours of continuous music which Vai is directing. All proceeds go towards raising funds for 'Extraordinary Families', "a leading nonprofit foster family, adoption agency in the Los Angeles area, dedicated to improving the daily lives of children and youths in foster care". It appears the whole event is being streamed live at https://www.jamathon.org/ and as I'm typing this Vai himself has just joined in. Presumably video of Nita's appearance will appear somewhere shortly. Other musicians taking part include Steve Morse (Deep Purple), Dave Navarro (Jane's Addiction), Al Di Meola, Herman Lee (Dragonforce), Orianthi, Lee Ritenour, Derek Smalls (Spinal Tap), Vernon Reid (Living Colour), Nuno Bettencourt (Extreme) and a host of others.
In other news you may remember the recently released Alice Cooper pinball game, 'Nightmare Castle' which looks really cool if you have the cash for it. Well, a limited edition version has been released to raise funds for Alice's Solid Rock Teen Center. This version will be autographed by Alice and will come with a special "personalised package of collectable Alice Cooper memorabilia". You can get all the details at Alicecooperpinball.com.
Lastly another reminder that the competition to win tickets and travel to the Grand Rapids, MI show on October 29th is still running until October 11th. Again proceeds go to Solid Rock and you can enter as many times as you can afford, with the proceeds going to Alice's charity! The prize includes flights to Grand Rapids, VIP tickets, the chance to throw out balloons during the show and a personal meeting with Alice before the show. All the details can be found at Omaze.