O2 Academy, Islington, London
Monday 19th May 2014
Like a fine wine Doro just gets better and better the longer she is around. It's been thirty years now and on the strength of this high energy and rousing performance, you can expect another thirty at least.
She's more than earned her title as Undisputed Metal Queen simply because nobody does it better in this style and the boundless enthusiasm and spirit, class and quality are there for all to see.
Tonight's show was part of the tour to celebrate the release of thirtieth anniversary compilation album 'Powerful Passionate Favourites' (review here) and that's exactly what the band were - powerful and passionate.
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Doro's band is truly international these days. Bass player Nick Douglas is from New Jersey, guitarists Luca Princiotta and Bas Maas are Italian and Dutch respectively while drummer Johnny Dee is from Philadelphia. This quartet are super-tight, very loud and proud and totally expert at what they do.
As well as a superb retrospective set-list and total quality musicianship, the sound tonight was crystal clear and as good as I have ever heard at the Academy.
We were treated to twelve great Warlock tracks in total, including the first four numbers and Warlock's very first single, 'Without You', which had not been performed live for many years.
Other highlights included Doro's famous cover of Dio's 'Egypt (The Chains Are On)', 'Breaking The Law' with it's unique reworked opening verse and the magnificent 'Wacken Hymne (We Are The Metalheads)'. All in all this felt like a very special night with a celebratory theme and the 'Für Immer' theme running throughout.
Doro would have sung all night if the venue would have allowed it, as demonstrated by her prolonged departure at the end of this magnificent set. She even sang along to the outro tape and that over the top gratitude she shows to the fans is more than genuine.
The turnout tonight was way more than respectable for a Monday night and the constant between songs football style chants of "Doro, Doro, Doro" brought a smile as wide as a touring nightliner to the lady's face.
A superb night of classic Metal delivered in the best possible style by an excellent band fronted by an iconic singer. Yes, please, thirty more years of this will do very nicely Frau Pesch.
And as a footnote, when Doro revealed pre-gig that one of her favourite singers and main influences is MetalTalk friend Jody Turner of Rock Goddess, the pair of them got together for a photo opportunity. And here it is...
Doro Pesch: Vocals
Nick Douglas: Bass Guitar
Luca Princiotta: Guitar
Bas Maas: Guitar
Johnny Dee: Drums
I Rule the Ruins (Warlock cover)
Earthshaker Rock (Warlock cover)
Burning the Witches (Warlock cover)
Fight for Rock (Warlock cover)
The Night of the Warlock
Raise Your Fist In The Air
Metal Racer (Warlock cover)
Without You (Warlock cover)
Metal Tango (Warlock cover)
Burn It Up
Egypt (The Chains Are On) (Dio cover)
East Meets West (Warlock cover)
Für Immer (Warlock cover)
Out of Control (Warlock cover)
Wacken Hymne (We Are The Metalheads) (Skyline cover)
Breaking The Law (Judas Priest cover)
All We Are (Warlock cover)
Love Me In Black
Remaining Tour Dates:
24.05.2014 ESP - Madrid Sala Shoko
25.05.2014 ESP - Barcelona Razzmatazz 2
30.05.2014 GER - Geiselwind Out & Loud Festival
01.06.2014 TCH - Pilzen Metalfest
27.06.2014 BEL - Dessel Graspop Metal Meeting
19.07.2014 GER - Fritzlar Rock am Stück
25.07.2014 GER - Tuttlingen Zeltfestival Honberg-Sommer
26.07.2014 LUX - Beaufort Rock Classics
09.08.2014 SWE - Gävle Get Away Festival
29.08.2014 GER - Wörrstadt Neuborn Open Air
30.08.2014 GER - Schleswig Baltic Open Air 2014
05.09.2014 GER - Haigerloch-Gruol Motorradtreffen
15.11.2014 GER - Osnabrück Hydepark
16.11.2014 NED - Zoetermeer Boerderij
18.11.2014 GER - Oberhausen Turbinenhalle
20.11.2014 GER - Erfurt Stadtgarten
21.11.2014 TCH - Brno Semilasso
22.11.2014 GER - Dresden Alter Schlachthof
23.11.2014 GER - Berlin Huxleys Neue Welt
28.11.2014 AUT - Dornbirn Conrad-Sohm
29.11.2014 GER - Stuttgart LKA/Longhorn
30.11.2014 GER - Mannheim Alte Seilerei
02.12.2014 GER - Würzburg Posthalle
03.12.2014 GER - München Backstage Werk
05.12.2014 BEL - Antwerpen Trix