Doro Pesch, who has been on the metal scene for almost 30 years, is back with a new album and upcoming tour. She took the time out of her busy schedule to talk to HearEvil about all her exciting projects, her new album, the tour and so much more.
First of all congratulations Doro on your almost 30 year career in metal and thank you for taking the time to speak with HearEvil.com the heavy music social network run by women and directed toward women.
Let’s talk about the new album. This past summer you released the EP Raise Your Fist and the new full length album Raise Your Fist was just released. Can you tell us about the choice to release the EP and what can fans expect from the new album?
DP: The EP was released to give the fans a little appetizer and since we played so many festivals this past summer, I wanted to play the new songs for the fans. I started working on the album over 2 years ago, so I wanted to do something special for the fans. Then while I was playing out, I filmed the video for Raise Your Fist. Back in the day it was common sense to have the single out before the album, so I figured putting out an EP with more than one or two songs would be even better.
What can fans expect from the new album Raise Your Fist?
DP: All of the good ingredients, lots of pure metal power, lots of heart and soul and good energy and the great anthems like Raise Your Fist in The Air. Rock Till Death is another anthem. Songs like Take No Prisoner, Revenge and Little Headbanger are songs that old school metalheads will identify with. One song called Freheit (Human Rights) is for and dedicated to a human rights organization called Terre des Femmes which helps young women all over the world dealing with problematic issues. Since I’ve been touring in all parts of the world, I wanted to spread the word and I recorded two different versions, one in German and one in French. On the one ballad I love, Lemmy of Motorhead sings with me and the song is called It Still Hurts. It is definitely one of the highlights. We also had a great guest guitarist, Gus G (from Firewind and Ozzy Osbourne) on a song called Grab The Bull (Last Man Standing). He did a great solo. I also wrote a song for the soundtrack for the second part of the movie, I just finished filming called Anuk-Der Weg des Kriegers (Anuk-The Way of the Warrior) called Free My Heart. One of the most important songs on the album is called Hero which is in honor and dedicated to Ronnie James Dio, who I loved and miss so much. It was actually the first song I wrote for the album. It’s totally heartfelt and very emotional. I want to cry when I hear the song. It is one of the most important songs on the album. I had the great chance to be a part of Dio Disciples a couple of months ago. When they called me I was jumping for joy! It was great. He was great. I miss him and I am so glad I had the great chance to know him and tour with him a few times. I really got to know him in the last 10 years and it is a huge loss.
You sang Raise Your Fist in French?
DP: Raise Your Fist is recorded in French on the EP and it’s actually a real hit in France. I went on a short promotional tour in Paris and it was very well received. It’s unusual because normally metal does not get played on radio. I wanted to go along the lines of the French band Trust and the song they did in French, Antisocial (which Anthrax covered in English) and do a French and English version of Raise Your Fist as well. I think it sounds really interesting. The French version is not on the album, only on the EP.
You also shot a video for Raise Your Fist all over New York!
DP: We shot all over the place including Harlem, the Bronx, Manhattan and at the Wacken Festival. We went to all these real cool neighborhoods in New York, that seemed a little more run down. There were many different types of people in the video including the metal heads in Wacken and some homeless people and gang members in New York and they all loved the song and my band was there too. Then I went to a great store in the Village (Greenwich Village in New York) called Trash Vaudeville where I get my stage clothes and I saw this great guy that I am friends with Jimmy, who owns the store and he ended up in the video too.
You will be touring throughout the world and next year in North America with Sister Sin! What can fans expect to see on this tour?
DP: In today’s day and age you can travel to so many new countries that you couldn’t go to before like Russia and China. It’s a whole new metal scene. Sister Sin and I toured together in Scandinavia and we did the last couple of shows together in America. They have a great attitude, so I think it will be a great package. The front woman, Liv Jagrell is great.
What will the set list consist of? (a mix of old and new songs or more recent releases?)
DP: A great mix of all the great old school stuff including Warlock songs and the best of the best and then I’ll surprise them with some songs I’ve never played before. Of course, I’ll play things off the new record like Rock Till Death and Hero. During the encores the fans can call out which songs they want to hear. The shows will be about 2 ½ -3 hour shows. Whatever it takes to make the fans feel empowered and enjoy a great show. The tour will be all over England, Germany and so on and includes the 70,000 Tons of Metal cruise.
Any personal favorites you love to play night after night?
DP: The very first Warlock record, when everything started has so much magic. Burning The Witches is one of my favorite, favorite albums to play. I like to keep it fresh. I will feel it out and play according to the vibe in the atmosphere.
You are an icon on the metal scene for almost 30 years. What are your thoughts on the metal scene today?
DP: I feel that now worldwide metal is a big thing again, almost as big as the 80’s. The 90’s were difficult when grunge was more popular. Metal is definitely coming back in a big way and you can tour all over the world. The internet helps also as bands can get a lot of exposure today.
What about women on the metal scene today?
DP: I think women are much more accepted today and there are so many more women out there today and they are so talented. It’s much more balanced today. It was lonely in the 80’s as there were only just a handful of women. Today there are so many more talented and fantastic women like Tarja Turunen and Angela Gossow from Arch Enemy. There is an all girl band from Sweden called Crucified Barbara who I think are great. It makes women look really good and very dignified. I think you’ll remember in the 80’s video directors put sexy girls in the video with almost nothing on and while I thought it was great and they looked great, it’s much more dignified today. I have always felt a deep connection with the female rockers.
What are your thoughts on social media’s impact on music does it hurt or help the heavy music world?
DP: On one hand it’s great cause you have so much access to music and you get your name out there but it’s not so great when people get your record for free which makes it difficult for record companies to survive. I think going out to buy the record is more important. I work old school so I put everything into my records.
What are some of your musical influences and bands that inspire you and your songs?
DP: Back in the 80’s, I was very heavily influenced by the British wave of Heavy Metal Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Saxon and great people like Whitesnake, Ronnie James Dio, WASP and KISS. Later on, I loved Metallica, Megadeth and today Rammstein, In Flames and Arch Enemy. There are also some new cool bands that I’m listening to as well.
If there’s one thing you want Doro Pesch to be remembered for, what would it be?
DP: The one who loves the fans the most. My fans mean everything to me and they and my music are my #1 priority. I am married to my music and my fans. I love the fans more than anything in this world.
Anything you’d like to say to your fans on hearevil.com ?
DP: I wish you guys all the very best and I thank you for all the support and all these great years. I hope we can rock together for many, many years. I will never have a goodbye tour, never do a farewell tour and rock till the day I die and give 100 percent. I would love to see all my fans on tour. All the best guys and girls and stay metal. Thank you so much for all your love. This has been the best 29 years ever.
Thank you so much Doro. For more on Doro Pesch, visit her offical website here and to pick up her new album Raise Your Fist.