“I didn’t have a ton of friends in school. I grew up as a total metalhead.”
During a recent interview with LPP, Alice Cooper’s guitarist Nita Strauss was asked on what she was like during her high-school days, to which she replied:
“I didn’t have a ton of friends in school. I grew up as a total metalhead. It’s funny, somebody came to the show the other day and said, ‘I know someone you went to high school with and they were really surprised that you’re in this big band now. They’re like, ‘Really? She plays with Alice Cooper? She was such a loner in school.”
“And I thought about that and I really was, because I was in bands. I was in bands with people who didn’t go to my school. I started playing guitar when I was 13, and by the time I was 15 I was already on tour. We did Vans Warped tour, we did a bunch of stuff like that. So I was playing in metal bands with guys that were older than me and went to different schools or were out of high school already.
“So I probably did seem kind of like a loner and looser in school because I didn’t really hang out with anybody there, didn’t really talk to anybody there. But I had a lot of fun experience in school… Well, not necessarily in school but at the time, because the metal community is so amazing and supportive. They’ll include anybody.
“People think metalheads are these crazy bunch of people but the metalheads I know will include kids, older people, black people, girls, Asians… Anybody is welcome in our community as long as you like heavy metal. And so that’s what I found at a really young age.
“There was nobody in my school that was into heavy metal at all. Not even a little bit. But it was okay for me because I had a guitar with me all the time, I brought my guitar to school every day, I would sit and practice at lunch. And now looking back at it people probably thought that was weird. But it got me here to where I am now.”
What’s your favorite song to play during the set each night?
“I love the ‘Frankenstein.’ I have so much fun. I used to play in a band called The Iron Maidens, we had big monsters, we had Iron Maiden’s Eddie. But our Eddie was like seven feet tall. Our Frankenstein is like 15 feet tall, it’s like as twice as tall. So it’s fun to be on stage with some big stuff like that, I enjoy it. He chases me around, I almost fall down all the time. It’s always a lot of fun.”
What would happen if it tripped and fell off the stage?
“It almost happened one time. It was a really slippery stage. We were in Jersey and it was like a crazy, crazy lightning storm. And Alice’s assistant who’s in the Frankestein suit got up on the edge and his foot slipped and we were all on stage like… *gasps* [Laughs]”