Doro Pesch - Doro
In the hellbound world of Metal. no Maiden means more to the fans than Doro Pesch! When Wendy and I were blessed with the opportunity to interview this amazing Warrior Soul, we instantly seized the moment. Then, we felt the earth shake and rock, almost out of control. Doro's sincerity, dedication, and desire to fight for truth, and her ability to rise above the ashes; is the very reason why she is still going strong 20 years after the disillusion of Warlock. She always lives to win, like a metal racer. Her true as steel heartfelt passion, and true at heart love for her fans is the pure demonstration of true diligence. She is a bonafide rocker and a real hellraiser. We truly cherish the time we shared.
Initially, when Wendy and I sat down to interview Doro, we were awestruck and I must admit, a bit nervous; as we hold such admiration for her, and her art. Before we began, we were mere strangers, yesterday; now we are touched by her holy love; because, all we are is because of her. Dearest Doro - Majesty: You're like Family!
MettleAngel: Doro, we are so truly honoured by your presence. Thank you so much for agreeing to do this personal interview. Wendy & I are such true fans, and have been since your Warlock days. I remember hearing the song - Homicide Rocker on Metal Shop when I was a teenager in California. We have always considered you as the "Queen Of Metal"! We are so pleased that you decided to come to America to tour, it's been almost three years, since your last visit, correct?
MettleAngel: You have been touring extensively for Warrior Soul; but you also just released an awesome new double live DVD: 20 Years A Warrior Soul, celebrating your 20th anniversary as a solo artist. Is this tour to promote that release as well?
MettleAngel: The new DVD is exceptional
and fully loaded with so much footage. We were actually able to rent it
from www.Netflix.com, which is similar to an online Blockbuster DVD rental
company. I watched it and wanted to buy it instantly. Unfortunately, I
did not locate it for sale, until almost a week later through The End
Records. Now I see you have it with you on this tour at your merch booth.
After watching it, I became so excited for seeing you; especially when
I heard songs with which I was not too familiar. I thought we had an extensive
Doro/ Warlock CD collection; but after seeing your discography listed
at www.Metal -Archives.com, I realized we were missing several titles
like True At Heart, Angels Never Die, Machine To Machine, and Love Me
MettleAngel: Thank you so much, Doro; we are just as honoured to have you here in our presence. Now, your keyboardist/guitarist Oliver Palotai is not touring with you because of his committments to Kamelot, correct?
MettleAngel: I also see you have Chris Caffery playing guitar as well as serving as one of you opening acts to promote his new album - Pins And Needles. We saw Chris play the World Series of Metal with Beyond Fear, Jon Oliva's Pain, and Therion. You also played BWBK here with him a few years ago, isn't that right?
MettleAngel: I see on the DVD that you have such quality male role models and icons supporting you like Lemmy, Biff Byford (Saxon), Udo, and Blaze Bailey. You have even recorded with several of these men like Udo - Dance With An Angel and the Judas Priest cover of Breaking The Law. On the DVD you sing several covers. I like the duet between you and Blaze on Billy Idol's White Wedding.
MettleAngel: I love his vocals and I'm pleased he has been successful outside of Maiden. I also love the version of Man On A Silver Mountain you performed with Mago De Oz (which is not on the DVD). I assume Lemmy and Mickey Dee have supported you as well, over the years.
MettleMaiden: I've heard that you are trying to promote older Warlock songs for the fans as well. Something for which I've always been curious is why and how Warlock were forced to change their name in the late 80's?
MettleMaiden: How did all this come to be? Why did the band lose the name in the first place?
MettleAngel: So by your next album after Force Majeure, you were a solo artist. It helped having Gene Simmons produce your Doro release. Also by now Dio and Ozzy had made quite a career out of being solo.
MettleMaiden: How long has Johnny Dee been in the band?
MettleAngel: I know, we love doing what we do meeting and interviewing bands; but it can be a real hassle. We hold such admiration and respect for all metal artists, and their dedication and perserverance. I know I personally could not endure being on tour, and away for such long periods. I enjoy being home with my family. (MettleMaiden:) As a fan of Britny Fox, how did Johnny Dee get asked to join Doro?
MettleMaiden: How did Jimmy know Johnny?
MettleMaiden: Of course, and Britney Fox was pretty much over, leaving Johnny available to audition for you. Obviously, that worked out well. (MettleAngel:) Now, he also handles so much of the business side of things. Therefore, you now have a friend, confident, and excellent drummer too.
MettleAngel: As your solo career enhanced, the music became more commercial. Many metal fans became disenchanted with your more pop and industrialized sound. I think it was around the Fight album where you began to develop a heavier sound again.
MettleAngel: It seems that in the early 90's, like you were becoming influenced by sucessful bands like Rammstein.
MettleAngel: I see what you mean. Even Megadeth and Slayer were doing remixes with Trent Reznor while White Zombie and Nine Inch Nails became extremely successful.
MettleAngel: I even noticed that you brought Warlock members to play with you on the new DVD as well.
MettleAngel: I think that it so cool that you include so many killer Warlock songs in your set list too. Will you be playing Homicidse Rocker?
MettleAngel: Awesome, I'll be ragin' to that one for sure! It means, so much to us Americans to have you return and play for us. Lately, we seem to be inundated with too many nu-metal mallcore and death metal bands playing all of our shows and festivals like Ozzfest and Sounds Of The Underground. We much prefer to cover shows like Heaven & Hell and Doro. We will be going to Chicago to cover even more killer true metal bands Saturday like Widow from Raleigh, North Carolina, Bible Of The Devil from Chicago, and Crescent Shield from California. They have a female bass player named Mel, whom we have also become great friends with over the years.
MettleAngel: I sincerely agree, and that song "My Family" on Warrior Soul expresses this feeling. I also love the lyrics for "Strangers Yesterday". I so much relish passionate lyrics. This is another reason I hold such admiration for you - Doro - Queen Of Metal. You really care about your lyrics, and how the fans interpret them. I can totally relate to a song like "Strangers Yesterday". All our friends are our mettle friends. This is the connection - the key to our relationship. Many friends including Ron and Chris, who helped us to attain this interview, we met at a metal show. They were literally strangers yesterday - stangers no more. We have made such true metal friends because of our love for the music. Later, we discover we even attended the same shows - but our paths did not cross until the right time. This is even true of Wendy and I - we both attended the same shows in the past - oblivious of one anothers presence - until we finally met and realized we had both been at these same show - with our own agendas and friends unaware of each other. This song really expresses the truth of our mettle hearts. (Wendy and I were honoured later that night when before Doro played the song, she alluded to our interview and dedicated this song to us.)
MettleMaiden: Being a woman, you are the center for female strength in metal - a man's world; how have you been able to keep going for so long?
MettleAngel: Your alacrity and sincerity is amazing. You truly are mettle! You are so genuine - so positive - so enthusiastic. So joyful and abundant. You are our inspiration!
MettleAngel: That is so awesome! I also
love the way other metal bands speak so highly of you. You helped Schmier
with Alliance Of Hellhounds and Powergod when they covered Burning The
MettleAngel: When does that come out?
MettleAngel: How much longer will you tour America?
MettleAngel: That is so cool. I can't wait to hear the new mix of All We Are. I'm looking forward to the duet with the Krokus singer for On My Own, as well. We are still going to strive to locate those original copies of your imports, when we can. We are so excited for finally seeing you live this evening. We hold such admiration for you. We truly see you as the Queen Of Metal. Revolver Magazine recently listed the Top 10 most beautiful women in metal with no mention of yourself; nor any other true female metal hearts like Simone Simmons or Sabine Edelsbacher. You will always be #1 on our list. Thank you, again for such an honour and welcomed opportunity to spend some time with you, and share our enthusiasm.