7 Female Players Who Have Broken into All-Male Rock Bands

Melissa Reese

7 Female Players Who Have Broken into All-Male Rock Bands

by Marisa Torrieri Bloom

MELISSA REESE (keyboard, Guns N’ Roses)

Musical prodigy Melissa Reese — who was born three years after the release of Appetite for Destruction in 1990 — first caught my attention during Guns N’ Roses’ 2017 show at Madison Square Garden. And she’s pretty much impossible to miss. The keyboard/synthesizer prodigy’s been a part of the band since 2016 and might be the highest-energy rock keyboardist (and background vocalist) I’ve ever seen. Apparently, she worked 15 hours a day to learn more than 50 GNR songs to prepare for the ‘Not in This Lifetime …’ tour.

Melissa Reese
Melissa Reese, GNR

TANYA O’CALLAGHAN (bass guitar, Whitesnake)

Tanya O'Callaghan Whitesnake
Tanya O’Callaghan (Photo: Jody Wilk, Molten Metal Photos)

NITA STRAUSS (guitar, Alice Cooper)

Nita Strauss and Dorothy, 'Victorious'

ORIANTHI (guitar, Michael Jackson & Alice Cooper)

CINDY BLACKMAN (drums, Lenny Kravitz & Santana)

Cindy Blackman
Cindy Blackman

SOPHIE LLOYD (guitar, Machine Gun Kelly)


Sophie Lloyd and Machine Gun Kelly

SAMANTHA MALONEY (drums, Motley Crüe)

Marisa Torrieri Bloom is the editor in chief of Rockmommy.

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