JAM Magazine Concert Reviews

March 15, 2015
Trees
Dallas, TX USA
Review by Andy Laudano
Photos by Andy Laudano

Doro Pesch

Old School Metal Never Fades

After way too long of an absence, The Metal Queen, Doro Pesch returned to Dallas for a killer show at Trees. It was 2008 the last time the German beauty came though Texas, and fans had longed for her return ever since. This year, they finally got their wish with a special tour celebrating an amazing 30 year career that began with her original band, Warlock's 1984 album, Burning Witches. Because of this, the set was almost completely made up of classic, "Old School" Warlock material.

But before Doro Pesch would take the stage, Bay Area thrasher's Archer got the crowd warmed up. The power trio from Santa Cruz, California were fresh off a tour with Hell Yeah, so of course a round of Black Tooth was in order. Their set included some heavy originals and a kick ass cover of Megadeth's "Tornado of Souls." I'm sure we'll be hearing more from them in the future.

Doro opened her set with the classic "I Rule The Ruins" from Warlock's breakthrough album, 1987's Triumph and Agony. From the start she had every fist in the air and everyone chanting and singing along. The metal onslaught continued with the crowd favorites, "Burning Witches," "Fight For Rock" and "True As Steel." If fist pumping metal anthems with catchy sing along choruses is your thing, then this was your show!

The Metal Queen dug deep into her Warlock catalog for songs like "Metal Racer," "Evil" and the beautiful "Without You." She didn't neglect any of the big hits the fans came to hear either as "East Meets West," "All We Are," "Metal Tango" and "Fur Immer," a haunting, heart felt ballad sung mostly in German, all got their time to shine.

There were only three songs in the set that were not from the Warlock era. One of which was "Raise Your Fist In The Air" from her most recent studio album, 2012's excellent Raise Your Fist. Another was her cover of Judas Priest's "Breakin' The Law" from 2004's Classic Diamonds. The third wasn't even on the original set list as Doro decided to take audibles from the crowd. "Love Me In Black," another haunting ballad that is close to Doro's heart helped close the show as one of two encores.

Somewhere in her world travels Doro must have discovered the Fountain of Youth. She hasn't changed a bit in 30 years. She rocked harder than artists half her age, and was perpetual motion from start to finish. Her band was on fire as well, from long time members drummer Johnny Dee and bassist Nick Douglas to newer members, former After Forever axe slinger Bas Maas and Italian guitarist Luca Princiotta.

After pouring her heart and soul into such a high energy performance, you'd think Doro would call it an early night ... and you'd be wrong. Much like her great friend and hero, the late Ronnie James Dio, Doro is the most gracious artist on the planet. At 3am she was out by the bus, signing autographs and taking photos with fans. She truly loves her fans as much as they love her. Long Live The Metal Queen!