Alice Cooper announced that eminent guitar prodigy Orianthi will join his band, replacing departing guitarist Damon Johnson, for the next leg of his 2011 No More Mr. Nice Guy world tour starting September 22,2011 in Auckland, New Zealand. Currently in progress, the tour hits ninety plus cities, covering five continents, including Europe and North America twice over.

At the young age of 26, Orianthi has already experienced what most aspiring musicians only dream of. She's opened for her hero, Steve Vai; backed Carrie Underwood; traded solos with Carlos Santana; shared the stage with the King of Pop (Michael Jackson) and accompanied Alice during his live performance of "School's Out" on the 2010 season finale of American Idol.

"It's very difficult to find someone to match the talents of Damon Johnson," commented Cooper, "but not only did we find someone who is more than up to the challenge... she also looks way better."

Orianthi will join world-renowned guitarist Steve Hunter (toured and recorded with Cooper and Lou Reed) and Tommy Henriksen (co-wrote and played on Cooper's upcoming release); drummer Glen Sobel and Alice's longtime bassist Chuck Garric round out the band.

"I'm super excited to go on tour with Alice," said Orianthi. "It's a huge honor to be able to get on stage and jam with an icon."

Orianthi will debut with the band for a performance on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Friday September 9, 2011 on NBC.

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Posted: 01.09.2011 by Abattoir


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Valentin B - 01.09.2011 at 12:13  
"she also looks way better" - LOL

anyway i was thinking the guy wanted yet another guitarist (the band already has three) so i guess this is a welcome change.
Bad English - 01.09.2011 at 12:23  
She looks great but this is rediciluss, female guitarist in this band dont fits in. its liek try replace Kerry King in Slayer whit her ......
Warman - 01.09.2011 at 12:34  
I think it fits perfect, at least in Sweden a lot of women listen to Alice Cooper.

Oh, and a female guitarist in Slayer would be bad ass.
Swamphell - 01.09.2011 at 14:57  
Angelic Storm - 02.09.2011 at 13:58  
Written by Bad English on 01.09.2011 at 12:23

She looks great but this is rediciluss, female guitarist in this band dont fits in. its liek try replace Kerry King in Slayer whit her ......

Hey, I could replace Kerry King... except then people would probably be complaining that he was better looking... lol Though it is a sad fact that when women are chosen to be a guitarist for an artist like Alice, their looks actually are a factor in them being chosen. Whereas male guitarists are usually chosen purely on how well they play.
The Shape 1973 - 02.09.2011 at 21:52  
I expect she has been chosen because she will fit in with his stage show. Same reason Kane Roberts was chosen years ago. Average guitarists but looked good in the show.
Ottir - 03.09.2011 at 02:54  
Ol' bastard. I guess.
AXA - 04.09.2011 at 10:48  

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