Doro Pesch has certainly attained metal goddess status, having thundered across stages the world over for nearly 30 years. The former Warlock singer turned solo artist has consistently recorded, toured and made numerous guest appearances live and on record, and she is in the beginning stages of creating her twelfth studio album, which she plans to release next year. But before then there are some other things to deal with: three dates in Spain (July 1-3) with Dio Disciples, the North American release of last year’s 25 Years In Rock…And Still Going Strong live DVD/CD set around mid-September along with a corresponding Stateside tour, then a series of European and Russian concerts in the fall.
She’s especially stoked about the Dio Disciples shows. “I was so happy when they asked me if I wanted to do it,” Doro recently told A.D.D., adding that she was studiously learning the requisite Dio songs because she knows that fans will expect her “to be totally on with the lyrics. I want to do good.”
The blonde metal icon was a longtime friend of Ronnie James Dio and has written a new tune dedicated to him called “Hero”. “It’s a beautiful demo now, but I want to record it soon and send it to Wendy,” enthused Doro. “If she’s there [in Spain] in July, I want to play her this demo. I think all the Dio fans will probably really like it. It shows the utmost respect and admiration to honor him. It’s a nice song and will definitely make the next record. I might want to record a few versions, maybe one band version, one orchestral version and one acoustic version.”
Other songs are in the works as well for her next studio release. “We have some demos, and I’ve done four songs with the ex-guitar player of Sisters Of Mercy, Andreas Bruhn, who I love to work with,” revealed Doro. She has also written a song with Joey Balin, the producer and co-songwriter of Warlock’s Triumph and Agony and her solo debut Force Majeure.
On top of this forthcoming studio release, Doro is hopeful that solid funds can be raised for a sequel to the 2006 independent film Anuk – Der Weg des Kriegers (aka Anuk – The Path of the Warrior), an adventure tale about tribal survival and warfare in prehistoric Switzerland. She had a co-starring role in the first film (in which Krokus frontman Marc Storace also appeared). “We’re trying to get a bigger budget for the second part,” she said. “It was a very low budget [the first time]. It was a lot of money, but for a movie it was not enough.”
When queried about the current state of rock and metal, when there seem to be far less younger acts likely to have the longevity of artists from her generation, Doro replied, “We definitely grew up at a great time, and I was really influenced by the New Wave of British Heavy Metal. All of our heroes are doing their goodbye tours. I heard that K.K. Downing left Judas Priest, and I’m heartbroken about that. I never, ever want to give up. As long as God wants me to do it and my body is in good shape, I’ll keep on rocking wherever.”