Interview conducted June 8 2017
Interview published June 16 2017
"We got the title Make Time For Love from a Ouija
The undisputed queen of heavy metal,
the remarkable Doro Pesch, has resurrected
Warlock once again, yet with an almost completely new lineup this time,
consisting of guitar player Tommy Bolan and members of her solo band.
Recently they made a stop at Sweden Rock Festival to play the 1987 album
Triumph And Agony in its entirety and Metal Covenant were fortunate enough
to get some time with this truly enthusiastic and impassioned woman again.
Tobbe: You're playing just a few gigs during
this summer with Warlock and why don't you extend this into a full-blown
Doro: Today was actually the first show we have
ever done with this lineup and we wanted to celebrate the Triumph And
Agony album, because it's now 30 years ago since we did it and I think
it was definitely one of our best records. You know, it was the perfect
timing. Great songs, great album cover, great sound and then Tommy Bolan
was my guitar player back then and he played all the solos.
last year somebody said "Hey! You know, Triumph And Agony is now
almost 30 years ago." and I thought "Wow! Let's put on some
shows." and then I called Tommy and I said "Would you be up
for doing some gigs together?". He said "Yes, of course.".
So we thought "OK, let's just do one or
two shows.". So maybe if people like it we could definitely extend
it. We have a little America tour lined up for September. But today
was the first show, so we didn't know if people would like it, but I
think it went very well.
We played for the first time ever the album in
its entirety and we'd never played some of the songs, like Make Time
For Love and Kiss Of Death. We'd never ever played them live, so it
was a big challenge and when we went rehearsing we thought "Oh,
man. They sound really nice.", so it's definitely an idea to think
about, to do some more shows.
Tobbe: When you played the last time with
Warlock you had the old Warlock lineup, but this time it was like a Doro
lineup with just one guy from the later days of Warlock. So was it kind
of different this time playing with your solo band instead?
Doro: Actually yeah. The guys in my band, we
have played together now for: yeah, the bass player, Nick Douglas, he
is 26 years in our band and Johnny Dee [drums] about 23 years and we
always play Warlock songs, so I definitely wanted to have them involved.
And our two guitar players, Luca [Princiotta],
he's 10 years with us and Bas [Maas] 8 years, so I definitely don't
want to take the risk of, like, destroying that. I think we have a really
good thing going. And I thought with Tommy: You know, with Triumph And
Agony it pretty much was Tommy and I and also Joey Balin, who produced
the album. We did it actually with 3 people and some guest musicians.
Yeah, it was like the key team.
Cozy Powell [drums], for example, played on some
songs. And I got the rights to the name back. For the longest time it
was impossible to use the name Warlock, so a couple of years ago I got
it back and I thought, you know "Now, on the 30 year anniversary
of Triumph And Agony, let's use it.".
As you know, the 80's were a long time ago, and 30 years, so do you remember,
like, the details from that recording or has it kind of vanished over
Doro: Oh, no, no. I remember so many things and
when Tommy came into our rehearsal room we were talking and talking,
every day, every night, and he could remember stuff and I could remember.
You know, you talk about certain things and I remember by Touch Of Evil
there was a lightning bolt coming into the studio and we got so scared
because it was, like, 4 o'clock in the morning and it was such a scary
vibe. And then the lightning went back out through a little window.
I was like "Okay. That's it for tonight.".
You know, cool things and sometimes, you know,
weird things. We got the title Make Time For Love from a Ouija board.
It was the first time that I played the Quija board, which I would actually
never do again. I think that stuff is, you know, pretty dangerous.
So I played it with my producer, Joey, and then
he was asking this, whatever, this spirit "Do you have a message
for Doro?" and then it was "Make time for love." and
then we wrote the song, like, right that night. So many cool things.
And we had great touring experiences. It was my first big tour in America
and it was with Megadeth and Sanctuary. So yeah, we remember a lot of
stuff, you know.
Tobbe: It's almost been 5 years since you
released a Doro studio album. So what's taking so long?
Doro: Actually we did a 3-disc DVD. It was called
Strong And Proud  and actually it hit number 3 in Sweden and number
2 in Germany and number 1 in Finland and number 3 in England, so that
was going really good. But it took, like, 2 years to make and it was,
like, the stuff from our 30 year anniversary, touring all over the world,
and I wanted to really make sure that it sounds great and that it looks
yeah, we are in the making of a new album and it will come out early
next year. We have 80 per cent of the songs already. I asked Tommy,
I said "Hey! Shall we do something together for the new record?"
and he said "Oh yeah. Absolutely.". We haven't done it yet,
but it's in the making. So, next year, and lots of nice anthems, fast
songs, some beautiful ballads and of course some guests, but I don't
know who it will be, but it will be probably some cool stuff and some
Tobbe: And this record will follow the Doro
vein and be like the last couple of records?
Doro: Yeah, I would say between Raise Your Fist
and Triumph And Agony. Kind of that vibe, you know.
Tobbe: On your front covers you're almost
always portrayed as a 20-year-old, but you look good the way you are.
I mean, why can't you be just like you are and be portrayed anyway?
Doro: Sometimes I feel it becomes more a metal
record and I like a painting. It's always the same person who does all
paintings. His name Geoffrey Gillespie and I met him actually on the
Triumph And Agony album. And I love the fantasy world and sometimes
he's, yeah, he's, you know
He's very supportive, let's say that.
[Laughs] I realize sometimes he paints, like, nice stuff.
But sometimes I think photos on an album cover
is cool too. It depends on the song and on the vibe of the record. Me,
being a traditional metalhead, I like just the traditional fantasy paintings.
Or sometimes it's just for the limited edition or, you know, a photo
for the vinyl or for the normal CD and we did that on the Raise Your
Fist record. But as long as you have CDs or vinyl you can put stuff
on them, but I heard in a couple of years there won't be any, you know,
physical things anymore, so.
Even if you will have a new record out next year, do you think that you
will come to a point where you, like, will stop making new records and
simply rely on the old stuff?
Doro: Oh, no, no. It's always so nice to have
new songs and even the songwriting process is awesome. Sometimes I get
so excited and it's like "Oh, man. I can't wait 'til the fans will
hear the new stuff.". It's definitely always so much fun to have
new stuff. Sometimes, you know, maybe putting out a single with just,
like, 1 or 2 or 3 songs.
We did Love's Gone To Hell a couple of months
ago. We made a video for it. It was one song I loved so much and I thought
"No. I don't wanna wait for a new record. It will probably take
another year.". So we said "Let's just put it out.".
So it doesn't have to be always the traditional way about having new
I guess, if you don't have any ideas anymore,
then maybe, you know, but so far I always feel highly inspired. There
are so many things, or fans, or people, or touring world-wide and there's
always enough ideas.
Tobbe: So how do you try to stay fit and
healthy during tours
if I'm looking at that? [I'm pointing to a
plate with all but healthy food.]
Doro: Aaah. I won't eat it. I won't even look
at it and then I'll have the coffee. Actually I do a lot of sports.
I love martial arts. I'm doing Eskrima, which is martial arts and it's
actually with black sticks and weapons and, you know, that keeps me
in good shape. Mentally and physically, you know, you learn to focus
and concentrate right and when it hurts you almost don't feel it. You
can just go on and that's good and it makes you, you know, strong as