April 8, 2021 – Alice Cooper lead guitarist and solo artist Nita Strauss has a close connection to her favorite sport – wrestling. She has played guitar at the opening ceremonies to WWE events in the past. Last night she continued that tradition, playing The National Anthem to open the show for WWE’s “NXT Takeover: Stand and Deliver”. Playing her signature Ibanez Jiva10™ guitar, she played the etude – in a style fairly close to the original score. She really only ad-libbed at the beginning and the end of her rendition for the most part, with dive-bombs and other sounds. Still, overall it was a nice job by Nita and I’m sure we’ll be hearing her playing it again in the near future. Watch below as Nita Strauss rocks The Nation Anthem:
Nita has played at at sports venues before. A few months ago she was the first guitarist to play at L.A.’s new Sofi Stadium. It was through her contacts at WWE that she was asked to christen the new stadium and and she said emphatically, yes! Here’s hoping she continues the tradition.
More information on the Ibanez Nita Strauss Jiva 10™ and JIVAJr™ guitars can be found here.