Doro Pesch is, was, and will always be the reigning Queen of heavy metal music. The German-born vocalist began her career in her teens, eventually forming Warlock in 1982. The band had strong success in Europe, and on the strength of its fourth album, Triumph and Agony, the group made its debut in America via MTV and their single, “All We Are”. Legal issues would lead to the band moving forward under the name Doro, which ultimately segued into a solo career. Kiss co-founder Gene Simmons produced her debut solo record, but the grunge movement in the U.S. kept her mass popularity in Europe from translating to the states. However, over the years, metal fans have continued to embrace Doro here in America, and she faithfully returns to our shores to tour. She is currently taking a break from recording her latest record to hit the states once again, and she plans to play a good amount of material from her Warlock days as she confided to AXS/Examiner.
“We will definitely play all the old Warlock classics and all the highlights of each record. And on the encores the fans can call out songs they want to hear. I’m going to play one song for Lemmy [Kilmister of Motorhead] of the last duet we did on the Raise Your Fist album, ‘It Still Hurts’, or ‘Love Me Forever’—that was the first song we did in 2000 from the Calling the Wild album. So we will do some surprises and keep it heavy, and I believe every show will be a different setlist.”
Doro and Lemmy Kilmister have had a long and close friendship. The two have performed together numerous times over the years. She talked about getting a chance to hang out with him one last time before his passing shortly after Christmas last year.
“Lemmy, what a loss. This year has started out very, very sad, and I can’t believe I could never talk to Lemmy again. I can never write him text messages or go on tour together. It kills me. I know all the fans feel the same, and man, it’s hardcore. I got a chance to see him when we started our European tour last year. We were doing the rehearsal, and we weren’t ready and the setlist wasn’t right, and we had so much stuff to do. And then it was one day when they played in my former hometown in Germany, Düsseldorf, and I said to the guys, ‘You know what, I gotta see Lemmy. I gotta talk to him. I gotta see Motorhead.’ And I’m so glad I went, and it was the last time that I could see him. We talked and it was a great show. He talked so much to the audience, and then later on we were hanging out in his dressing room. I was so glad I went, but it’s sad. Lemmy, he was very intelligent and very intuitive, and sensitive, and such a great person.”
Doro’s last studio effort, Raise Your Fist was released in 2011. She is currently working on the next album due out later this year, but she will release the album’s first single and video on April 1st for the track “Love’s Gone to Hell”.
“It’s like a mid-tempo kind of ballad. It’s a very nice song. I think it carries magic. I couldn’t wait for a new record. I thought need to put it out right now. Who knows what will be next year, so I wanted to get it out soon. We shot a beautiful video, with the support of the fans. It reminds me of the 80s, like a top notch, big production—and I know MTV will not play videos anymore, but I still think it’s worth it.”
To celebrate her 35 year career, Doro will also be releasing the Blu-ray/DVD package, Strong and Proud this summer.
“It’s a double DVD, double Blu-ray and live record. It shows the whole 30th anniversary year of celebrations we started at Wacken, and all our shows with great guests. People we all know. There’s a little movie, like one-and-a-half years around the planet, celebrating so it’s like a little mini-movie.”
You can check out the full interview with Doro above and catch her on the first leg of her US tour which kicked off with the Monsters of Rock cruise this week, and will run through early March. She will return later in the year for the second leg of the tour. See all her tour dates here.