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A brief chat with Doro


Doro Pesch, usually simply referred to as Doro, is a German heavy metal/hard rock singer who was initially known for being the singer in the band Warlock. She went solo in 1989, and has enjoyed a respectable cult following ever since. She plays the Bluebird Theater in March, so we chatted with the great lady. D

Yellow Scene: When was the last time you were in Colorado?

Doro Pesch: About four years ago. It was an awesome show. Everybody went crazy, sang along and was head-banging. It was hot and sweaty.

YS: It’s been over two years since the Raise Your Fist album – do you have a new one in the works?

DP: We have a DVD in the works. It’s a 30-year anniversary DVD. The rough title is Strong and Proud, and I think that going to be the title. It shows concerts from all over the world over 30 years. Some big concerts, including Wacken. That will be the opening of the DVD, plus a couple of other shows. Some show with an orchestra and stuff, stuff from Brazil, New York City, Equador, all kinds of good stuff. It’ll probably be six hours long, and it will probably come with a live CD, and it will come out in Autumn. We are working away on a new record, but for another year. The DVD will come out first. The priority’s always touring – that’s what we love the most.

YS: Trends come and go – what keeps you making traditional metal, what keeps you going?

DP: Always the fans. The fans are my motivation, inspiration, and my true love. That’s the reason I’ve never been married and I don’t have kids. Music and the fans – that is it for me and always was. Even when times weren’t good, I could keep on doing it and there were enough people there who loved it. I think, worldwide, metal is so big again. Sometimes, you just have to hang in there. When grunge made it big, there was a tough time but then, when it came back, it was even better. I always wanted to do music, since I was three years old, and I love it no matter what. Even when its tough, it doesn’t matter – you just have to keep strong, and what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.

YS: What can we expect from the Denver show?

DP: We will play only the best of the best, only the highlights – a lot of Warlock ?????????????stuff, a lot of old school metal, many anthems. Some ballads. From the new album, “Raise Your Fist” and “Revenge” – the people might like that a lot. Of course, “All We Are” [a Warlock tune]. People can call out songs and, if we haven’t played them in the set, we’re prepared.

YS: When the tour’s done and the DVD’s out, what’s next for the rest of the year?

DP: We will tour Scandinavia, Russia, Germany again, and concentrate on the release of the DVD and then the new record. I hope we will soon be back in the States. I love playing the States – it’s my favorite country to play in. For me, it’s the best. The guys in the band feel the same. So non-stop touring, and trying to make it better and better, and more powerful, as we go. It’s already like a well-oiled machine. I always try to give the people something that they’ll never, ever forget. I’ll be doing it until the day I die.

Doro plays with Archer, Dead Temple, and Gomorrah at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, March 11 at the Bluebird Theater; 3317 E. Colfax Ave., Denver; 303-377-1666; $20-$25.


Brett Calwood
Brett Callwood is an English journalist, copy writer, editor and author, currently living and working in Los Angeles. He is the music editor with the LA Weekly. He was previously a reporter at the Longmont Times-Call and Daily Camera, the music editor at the Detroit Metro Times and editor-in-chief at Yellow Scene magazine. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brett_Callwood

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