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LIVE REVIEW: Nita Strauss at the Apollo Theater in Belvidere, IL on May 5, 2022

I must admit that I didn’t know much about Nita Strauss prior to 2018. I stumbled upon her playing while shooting an Alice Cooper show that same year. I was hooked from the moment I heard her play. After that show, I had to do some research to find out who this fantastic guitar player was. After listening to many tracks and watching many videos, I become a huge fan of this fantastic guitarist!

Imagine my excitement when I learned that Nita Strauss and her band were coming to the Apollo Theater in Belvidere, IL in support of Black Label Society. This was finally a chance to experience a show featuring this amazing woman!

Nita smacks the crowd right in the face from the very first note to the end of the show. Everything in between is an all-out assault on the senses. The playing alone is worth the price of admission as you quickly learn why she is, in many circles, considered the #1 female guitar player in the world. Add to that the showmanship of jumping on and off of risers, the acrobatic guitar flips, and hair flying the whole show and you get the ultimate performance!

The fans in Belvidere, IL were treated to a fantastic 9 song set! The only downside is that it wasn’t longer. But what Nita Strauss packs into that short set makes it feel like you were at a full concert. This show only made me want to see her again!

SET LIST: Power Rangers – Mariana Trench – Alegria – Summer Storm – The Quest – The Show Must Go On – Pandemonium – Dead Inside – Our Most Desperate Hour

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