Alice Cooper’s touring guitarist in addition to her successful solo career, Nita Strauss shared posts on her official Instagram page revealing the fun memories she had when she was playing with The Iron Maidens back in 2011.
The Iron Maidens were founded in 2001 as a tribute act to legendary band Iron Maiden and the whole band consists of highly successful female members like vocalist Kirsten Rosenberg, bassist Wanda Ortiz, drummer Linda McDonald, guitarist Courtney Cox, and guitarist Nikki Stringfield.
As many of you may know, Nita Strauss is initially known for her work with The Iron Maidens and she once revealed that the times when she played with the band hold a special place in her heart.
Recently, Nita Strauss shared posts on her official Instagram page dedicated to her work with The Iron Maidens as she revealed that they were performing a whole three hours of Iron Maiden classics as they were in front of a crowd of pure metal fans.
Here is what Nita Strauss stated in the caption:
“Reminiscing on some fun show memories from back in the day Courtney Cox
When I was playing with The Iron Maidens around 2011-2012, we had this really fun gig a few times a year at a local swap meet. Every 3 or 4 months we would drive 45 minutes out from LA, load in at basically the crack of dawn (probably closer to 8 or 9 am, but it felt early) and play three sets throughout the whole day. No repeating songs, just three full hours of mighty Iron Maiden classics.
It was the coolest atmosphere- no pressure, no one nitpicking, no one watching the whole show through their phone screen- just a huge group of metal fans eating greasy festival food, day drinking, and rocking out.”
“We got paid the same as we would for a regular show, so Courtney and I made up for it by drinking as many of these massive beers they sold there as we possibly could over the course of the day. Times have certainly changed…
Fun story- this is also where I met Nili Brosh for the first time! I had just started playing with the band and didn’t know enough songs to fill the 3 hours yet, so Nili stepped in to play the second set. I was so blown away watching her and Courtney on stage together. Two guitar powerhouses!!!”
Nita Strauss also shared another post on her official Instagram page revealing another fun story from the days back with The Iron Maidens. Apparently, during their tour, promoters made the band members record a video for the fans, and they all were saying ‘Up to Irons‘ in Spanish. However, Google Translate did not do its job very well as they all said the phrase in a hilariously wrong way.
Here is what Strauss said in her following post:
“One more story from the Maidens days.
When bands tour overseas, a lot of times promoters ask the band to film a video greeting, saying hi to fans in that country and letting them know that the show is happening. We used to get together and film a bunch of them every once in a while. On one particular occasion, we were getting ready to head down to Latin America, and the band’s manager had the brilliant idea to have us say ‘Up the Irons…’ in Spanish.
He looked it up on Google Translate, printed it out, and gave it to us to read out loud. My Spanish is ok, barely conversational at best, so I didn’t notice anything odd about it. We did the video, sent it off, and forgot about it.”
“Fast forward a few months, and we’re getting picked up at the airport in (Chile? Maybe?)
We’re driving to the hotel, and the promoter turns around from the front seat, chuckling, and says ‘It was very nice of you girls to send such a nice greeting for the fans… but I think I should tell you it wasn’t quite correct.
And it was on that day that we all learned that Google Translate doesn’t exactly get the meaning of band catchphrases.
So our cheery ‘Hasta la planchaaaa!!’ in all the videos actually translates to ‘Hold up the iron…’ as in, the kind you would use on an ironing board.
(Alternatively, it could also mean ‘hold up the grill,’ as in my favorite Latin dish, pechuga de pollo a la plancha.) Lesson learned- always double-check with a native speaker
Arriba Las Irons!!”
You can see the Instagram posts below.