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Nita Strauss plays with Demi Lovato on ‘Kimmel’

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It appears that the mystery of Nita Strauss‘ new gig has been solved.

After announcing earlier this week that she was leaving her position as Alice Cooper‘s guitarist ahead of the shock-rocker’s upcoming fall tour, Strauss appeared on Thursday’s episode of ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live! alongside Demi Lovato.

Strauss joined Lovato to perform their new song called “Substance,” which will appear on the pop star’s upcoming rock-influenced, guitar-driven album Holy F***, due out August 19.

Strauss has not yet publicly commented on her new gig with Lovato, though she appeared to reference it Friday in an Instagram Story featuring a video of the classic Monty Python catchphrase, “And now for something completely different.”

When initially announcing her departure from Cooper’s band, Strauss shared that her “touring year is still VERY full,” suggesting that she’ll also join Lovato’s band on the road. That has yet to be confirmed.

Outside of her work in Cooper’s band, Strauss released her debut solo album, the instrumental Controlled Chaos, in 2018. Her 2021 solo single “Dead Inside,” which features vocals by Disturbed‘s David Draiman, became the first song by a solo female artist to hit #1 on Billboard‘s Mainstream Rock Airplay chart in 32 years.

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