Side Jams, Episode 29: Doro

Press dinner with Doro in the spring of 2007.

I have interviewed Doro Pesch a number of times over the last 20 years, but it had been awhile since we caught up. I was surprised that the first thing she recalled was a heavy metal roundtable that I conducted for Launch back in April 2000 at the offices of Rock Hard magazine in Dortmund, Germany. The group included members of Blind Guardian, Kreator, and Angel Dust along with guitarist Axel Rudi Pell and then Rock Hard editor Götz Kühnemund (who later founded Deaf Forever magazine). I also remembered a press dinner for her in NYC that was (gasp!) nearly 14 years ago.

The powerhouse singer’s four decade odyssey in metal is chronicled on her recent career-spanning box set, Magic Diamonds – Best of Rock, Ballads & Rare Treasures, which is out through her own label Rare Diamonds. The box set, available as 3 CDs or 4 LPs, encompasses 56 tracks of heavy and light tunes, live cuts, orchestral and acoustic versions, duets, covers, and rarities. Something that is distinct about Doro: While cranking out her heavy tunes, she explores plenty of personal and emotional terrain. There’s a lot of self-empowerment and some introspection.

Doro is also enthusiastic about martial arts and animal welfare. For this episode of Side Jams, we discussed how she got into Thai boxing and other martial arts forms, how she developed a longtime friendship with German boxing champion Regina Halmich, her love of pets and animal welfare, how her working with PETA generated controversy, and how she invests in the well-being of some particular animals.

This episode received some coverage from Blabbermouth.

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