Doro: Earthshaker Rock Royalty

BW&BK would like to apologize on behalf of Canada to metalheads the world over for running with the Metal Queen farce that was Lee Aaron back in the '80s.

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BW&BK would like to apologize on behalf of Canada to metalheads the world over for running with the Metal Queen farce that was Lee Aaron back in the 80s.

Ontario-born Lady Aaron's title stemmed from the breakthrough album and song of the same name, released in 1984, but became less and less appropriate as her career moved forward. Half a world away, at the exact same time of Miss Watcha Do To My Body's rise toward commercial Bodyrock fame, vocalist Doro Pesch was hammering out an authentic take-no-prisoners metal queen reputation of her own. As the voice of Warlock she quickly rose to popularity following the release of Burning The Witches in 1984. Within a few short years the band became an international success story alongside their German brethren in Accept, Scorpions and Helloween, and shared stages with the likes of Metallica, Megadeth and Sanctuary. When Warlock fell apart in 1988 Pesch forged ahead, holding close to the band's legacy even as she explored a less full-on metal direction.

Twenty-seven years into her career and Pesch is nowhere close to slowing down. Artists grow and change over time in Lee Aaron's case this includes well-documented trashing of the genre that gave her a name and while this is true of Pesch, she is still metal at her core. One needs only to attend a live show to have this truth slammed home. On December 13th, 2008 she celebrated her 25th anniversary as a metal legend with a show of epic proportions, unleashed now for the fans that couldn't attend as a DVD, 25 Years In Rock. A long wait, but well worth it.

It took almost two years, yes. We performed on December 13th, 2008 and one or two months later the Fear No Evil record came out, so we were out touring non-stop and doing festivals, Pesch says of the perceived delay in getting the package out. In January this year we started working on the DVD, we mixed it in Pennsylvania, we edited and organized all the pictures in Berlin, so it took about eight months to get everything done. I actually delivered the finished product to the label before we went on tour in America. It took a long time, but it's a long DVD; six or seven hours, I think. The concert is between two-and-a-half and three hours long, there's a 90 minute documentary, a lot of behind-the-scenes material, and we highlighted the festivals from last year and this year.

Quite the undertaking, especially since Pesch punctuated her 20th anniversary with a six hour DVD package, 20 Years: A Warrior Soul. Never mind the mumblings of a cash grab; putting together a production the size of 25 Years In Rock is a huge and time consuming amount of work.

For the full interview with Doro Pesch, conducted by BW&BK's Carl Begai, go to this location.

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