Interview conducted August 09 2014
Interview published October 10 2014
After the concert with Doro at Getaway
Rock Festival, Metal Covenant got the great pleasure to have a chat with
the metal queen herself, Doro Pesch. As the
band were leaving the site the same night, time was limited, but this
meeting was memorable. There are few artists in the heavy metal scene,
or anywhere I dare say, that have the same passion for what they do as
the German singer, and as a person, she is very gracious, warm-hearted
Mozzy: So, how was your debut at Getaway
Doro: It was great, I loved it! I think the fans
were awesome and the response was great. Everyone was singing along
and everyone's fist was up in the air during Raise Your Fist. We had
a great time and are happy and pleased.
Is it good to play these festivals which are a bit smaller? There are
still many people here but much less than Wacken for instance.
Doro: Yes, I think it's quite optimal in size.
And there are two stages which is always good for the fans, to see different
bands. And the treatment was great, everyone was so kind. I have to
say that Sweden is great in general, like last year at Sweden Rock and
at Skogsröjet the year before.
Mozzy: I saw you those times as well. You
played as the last band of the festival at Skogsröjet, when it was
Doro: Oh yeah, that's true! And did you enjoy
Mozzy: Oh yes, it was very good.
Doro: Yes, even in daylight (smiles). Such nice
Mozzy: You went down to greet the fans after
the gig today.
Doro: Yes, of course.
Mozzy: That's quite rare to see. You seem
to have a great connection with your fans.
Doro: Yeah, always. That's definitely what I
live for. It's the most important thing in my life, since 30 years (laughs).
Mozzy: So you're doing a 30th anniversary
tour at the moment. That must feel special, and especially when you played
in your hometown Dusseldorf, I guess?
Doro: Yes! We did two nights with long shows.
The second one was like three and a half hours long, with many guests:
Biff from Saxon, Sabina Clasen (Holy Moses), Hansi Kursch (Blind Guardian),
Marc Storace (Krokus), Lordi
. And there were tons of fans and
friends from all over the world, even from Japan, and Brazil. Many from
Mozzy: That must be fun, to have those great
Because you have done guest appearances too. I saw you onstage with Saxon
Doro: Oh yeah! And I think I will be a guest
in December again, they're celebrating something too. This time in Dusseldorf,
we did Denim And Leather, and a Priest song; You've Got Another Thing
Coming. And the first night we had an orchestra. Blaze Bayley was there
and we did Fear Of The Dark. He was the first guest and it was just
great from there on. We're celebrating not only our songs and stuff,
but also celebrating metal. All my heroes were there, except Ronnie,
But he was there in spirit, I know that. And we
played many of his songs, like Egypt (The Chains Are On) and also Hero.
Mozzy: Will this be released on DVD?
Doro: Yes, next year. We're working on it. There
tons of stuff, from festivals and smaller gigs. And then I want to have
one more from New York to include a couple of new songs. Plus we have
the Wacken show last year which kicked off the 30th anniversary tour.
It was a great show with many guests too, from Sabaton for example,
and Biff was there too
So it will take time to cut and so on.
The record company are saying like 'you would need 10 discs for these
shows!'. So we have to make a decision on what to include.
Mozzy: In the US in October, you will have
the fans deciding the setlist. That must be exciting for you as well?
Doro: Yes. You never know what they will choose.
I love doing it. I'm going over next week for some promotion and to
meet the American metalheads.
Mozzy: Metallica did this recently, it was
called Metallica By Request.
Doro: Cool, that is a good idea. I know some
bands that have done it, and who else should decide but the fans? We
try to be in tune with the fans, but every show usually has a different
Mozzy: You received two big awards recently.
Metal Hammer in Germany and Golden Gods in London. I was in London and
saw that, actually.
Doro: Oh! Yeah, it meant so much to me because
when we started, it was important to do good in the UK. Because they
were deciding everything; if you would get a worldwide record release
and go on tour. Plus I was raised with the New Wave Of British Heavy
Metal! So it was quite an honour.
also: review of the
gig the same night