The Metal Queen had arrived in the UK to promote her latest album, Raise Your Fist, giving just two shows, one in London, the other in Bristol and her followers had come out in force from all over the UK to see her. I’d not seen her before but from what I’d seen and heard I was expecting quite an entertaining show…. and I wasn’t disappointed.
Before Her Majesty arrived on stage, however, we were warmed up by heavy rock band Seven who hail from the Czech Republic. I was surprised by how good these were and it was clear that they had a number of followers in the audience who cheered and sang along to some of the songs in the short set.
The evening belonged to one person, Doro, and her arrival on stage was greeted with a crescendo of noise from the, now packed, audience. Doro Pesch has been around for quite a long time, and is probably best known for being at the front in 80’s band Warlock, a band which provided the large majority of songs for tonight’s set-list.
Although this tour was to promote ‘Raise Your Fist‘, only three songs came from the album as well as just three others from Doro’s solo career. 11 songs from the Warlock era with a couple of covers including Judas Priest’s ‘Breaking the law’. Regardless of the high dependence on Warlock songs it didn’t seem to bother the crowd at all, they shouted, they sang, they played sardines!
I’ve never seen a band quite as tactile as this one. At every opportunity Doro would touch hands with those who could reach at the front, as did the other members of the band, really quite surreal for a band with as dedicated a following as this one has. Combine the heavy rock riffs with the constant head banging and hair-swishing and you have one very happy audience.
As we approached the end of the set Doro was joined on stage by Meltem Yumulgan, a London-based vocalist who also provides vox for the all-girl AC/DC tribute band Back:n:Black. They performed one song together, All we are, which was really well received, a pretty good duet all told.
Overall this was a great evening, though I was just the tiniest bit disappointed by the heavy reliance on Warlock tracks; I’d have liked to have heard more from her extensive solo career which, let’s face it, has lasted since 1989 or so and has spawned a dozen albums. The fans didn’t seem to care though, the presence of Doro on stage was enough to send them all home with a warm fuzzy feeling.
Would I go and see her again? Yes I would because the music was very, very good and she gives a fantastically enthusiastic on-stage performance; definitely one to look out for if she heads your way in the future!
All photography by Reg Richardson: RSR-photography.co.uk