As a guitarist for Alice Cooper she dressed up as an irritable zombie and embraced the holiday more than any other on the tour. Now, she’s headlining her own show at Morongo Casino Resort and Spa in Cabazon on Friday night.
The musician has rocked the stage with more than a few legends. Cooper, Michael Jackson and Carlos Santana are some of the names on the impressive list of collaborations for the artist.
Santana is the reason Orianthi picked up the electric guitar. She said the guitar icon has become as close to her as an uncle and credited him for landing her a record deal.
“He’s always been very supportive,” she said in a recent telephone interview. “Having your idol be that supportive is like, freaking awesome.”
Growing up in Adelaide, Australia, Orianthi has been surrounded by music since she was 3 years old. Her father had played in a band and introduced her to the instrument that would become her passion.
“I mean it just looked like fun. (My dad) would be sitting around jamming out and I’m like, ‘Well, I’m gonna do that,’” she said. “My dad taught me some chords then I went and studied classical guitar, and then I saw Santana perform and I picked up electric and just haven’t put it down since.”
Orianthi has been continually praised for her guitar prowess, but she recognizes that it’s not easy being a woman in music.
“It’s kind of a guys’ world, and it’s harder so you just have to keep on going, ” she said.
Orianthi said she’s been the only girl in a lot of bands and has always fit in being one of the guys.
Lately the Aussie musician has been in the studio working on a new record with Richie Sambora, best known for his work with Bon Jovi.
Orianthi said the duo plans to release something from the record pretty soon, but the complete album isn’t yet finished.
After all the collaborations Orianthi has done, she’s got loftier goals for herself as a solo artist and wants to continue headlining her own shows.
After touring with Sambora all summer, he will be joining Orianthi on stage on Friday.
“If you want to have a night of just rock ‘n’ roll and have a really good time, come out it’s going to be a real party it really is and we’ll dress up, we’ll be decked out,” she said.
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