Live at The Whisky a Go Go
Los Angeles, CA
April 19th, 2019
Review and photos by Travis Baumann
Doro, the Reigning Queen of Metal, returns to Los Angeles hot on the heals of a double album release of new material, "Forever Warriors" along with its companion piece, "Forever United". These two albums continue to cement the rocking legend in the annals of metal history.
Originally from Dusseldorf, Germany, Doro Pesch's career launched with the band Warlock, and even while touring under her own moniker ,the sets are quite heavily laden with Warlock material. Launching in 1984 with "Burning the Witches" and then going solo in 1989 puts her legacy at the thirty-five year mark with no evidence of letting up.
Tonight Doro is co-headlining with label-mates Metal Church, and the Whisky was at capacity with excited fans ready for a head-banging good time.
Joining Doro on stage were a rowdy roster of rebellious musicians including Nick Douglas on bass guitar, Johnny Dee on drums, Luca Princiotta on guitar, and Bas Maas also on guitar.
They kicked off the set with a Warlock favorite, "I Rule the Ruins" which got the crowd pumping their fists as Doro did likewise above their heads at stage-edge. Doro is always smiling on stage, feeding off of the positive energy that is reciprocated from the audience.
They kept the Warlock vibes going with the fan favorite "Earthshaker Rock". Many of her songs are empowering anthems of solidarity, unity, and strength. "Raise Your Fist in the Air" is exactly that, and is exemplary of the music she is currently putting out three and half decades after she got her start.
"Blood, Sweat and Rock 'n Roll" sings to her impeccable work ethic and then the band book-ended it with the beginning of it all in the track of inception, "Burning the Witches".
Never letting up other than to say how joyful she was to see so many familiar faces that stick with her through the ages, she proceeded into "The Night of the Warlock" followed by the unapologetic, "Hellbound".
"Metal Racer" led into a light hearted cover of Judas Priest's "Breaking the Law" with a massive sing along from the crowd which amplified tenfold when the band moved to their biggest hit, "All We Are".
The energy in the room was palpitate as they entered the final count-down of songs. "Metal Tango" flowed into the powerful anthem, "All For Metal" before closing out her set with the "Wacken Hymn", also know as "We Are the Metalheads" which had everyone's arms in the air swaying back and forth with the chorus.
Doro is always a joy to see live because, not only does she rock out, she exudes a warmth and camaraderie that is often the focus of her lyrics and is contagious. I would have loved more material from the latest double album release but I can't complain about classic Warlock.
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