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Doro

German heavy metal/hard rock goddess Doro Pesch is best-known for her years with the band Warlock, but she has had a long solo career and continued to command a small but loyal following (especially in Europe) long after Warlock's demise. Pesch, who only uses her first name professionally, was born in Dusseldorf, Germany, on June 3, 1964. Although she grew up in a country where German is the primary language, Pesch fluently speaks English and has done most of her singing in English, something she has in common with the Scorpions, Accept, and other German headbangers. Pesch was only in her late teens when, in the early '80s, she started singing lead for an obscure Dusseldorf-based metal band called Snakebite. But in 1983, she left Snakebite and became the lead singer for Warlock, a forceful yet melodic fantasy metal outfit along the lines of Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, and Ronnie James Dio. At the time, heavy metal and hard rock were very male-dominated, but thanks to various ladies of loudness -- including Joan Jett, Pat Benatar, Heart, Girlschool, Lita Ford, and the Runaways -- headbangers had grown more comfortable with the idea of women singing aggressive, balls-to-the-wall rock. But there weren't that many women singing gothic fantasy metal and getting into lyrics about witches, demons, ghosts, or sorcerers; Jett, Benatar, Ford, and Heart's Ann Wilson were mainly singing about love, romance, and sex. So when Pesch belted out Warlock's fantasy-oriented lyrics and did so with as much aggression as Ozzy Osbourne or Ronnie James Dio, she stood out. After playing the Dusseldorf club scene for several months and acquiring a small local following, Warlock recorded a demo and was signed by the independent Mausoleum label; after that, the band ended up recording for Mercury/Polygram (where Pesch remained for 11 years). Warlock's debut album, Burning the Witches, was released on Mercury in 1984 and was followed by Hellbound in 1985, True As Steel in 1986, and Triumph & Agony in 1987. That year, Warlock toured Europe as an opening act for Dio, but Warlock didn't tour the United States until 1988 (when the band opened for Megadeth on an extensive North American tour). Although Warlock had an enthusiastic cult following, it wasn't the huge following the headbangers were hoping for. So in 1989, the name Warlock was put to rest and Pesch started billing herself as a solo artist. As a solo act, she didn't inundate listeners with the sort of gothic fantasy themes that Warlock was known for. Released in 1989, Pesch's debut solo album, Force Majeure, is more pop-metal/hard rock than gothic fantasy metal -- the album is closer to Crimes of Passion-era Pat Benatar than Iron Maiden, Queensrÿche, or King Diamond. The singer's second album, Doro (which contains her cover of the Electric Prunes' psychedelic hit "I Had Too Much to Dream") was released by Mercury in 1990 and was followed by her third solo album, True at Heart (a European release), in 1991. A few years after that, Pesch and similar artists suffered a major setback. When grunge icons Nirvana and Pearl Jam exploded commercially in 1992 and 1993, alternative rock became rock's primary direction and all of a sudden, the styles of metal and hard rock that had been huge in the '80s were out of vogue. There were still plenty of metal bands getting signed to major labels, but they were alternative metal bands -- not pop-metal hair bands and not gothic fantasy metallers in the Sabbath/Priest/Maiden tradition. In this brave new rock world, the women who defined heavy rock were folks like Babes in Toyland, L7, 7 Year B**ch, and Hole's controversial Courtney Love; Pesch, like Benatar, Wilson, and Ford, was considered part of metal/hard rock's Old School. Nonetheless, Pesch continued to command a small but loyal following -- especially in Europe -- and kept touring and recording as a solo artist. In 1993, two Pesch albums were released by Polygram in Europe: Angels Never Die (her fourth solo album) and Doro Live (her first live album and fifth album overall). In 1995, Polygram released Machine II Machine in Europe; that year, her contract with Polygram ended and she signed with WEA in Europe. It was also in 1995 that Pesch made her acting debut with a role on the German television series Verbotene Liebe (Forbidden Love). The headbanger's next album, Love Me in Black, came out on Warner Bros. in Europe in 1998; that year, she parted company with WEA and signed two deals -- one with Koch in the U.S., the other with SPV Steamhammer in Europe. In 1999, Pesch recorded Calling the Wild, which was released in both Europe and the U.S. in 2000. Calling the Wild was her first North American release since 1990's Doro; True at Heart, Angels Never Die, Doro Live, Machine II Machine, and Love Me in Black had only been released in Europe, although the CDs were sold in U.S. stores as imports. ~ Alex Henderson, Rovi
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Doro is a milf
Doro pesch..
Salvaje ::
She's f**king hot
El metal abre el alma
Doro eres excelente la reina del metal ..
I love you Doro!! <33
gailpryal2
LOVE ME IN BLACK ...... Fantastic!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
Doro is the queen!! <33 \m/
651026426
OMG, I love Doro! :D <3
She is freaking awesome! As a singer and in person. Very down to earth. My fav, for sure! I would see her again in concert, hands down.
Doro du bist über alles! Rock in!
Goddess doesnt even come close too describing Doro. WOW
Lita is where I started. I found Doro about a year ago. Doro has an edge that Ford lacks some times. Love Doro's range of skills and how she has used them.
I love this goddess, and I hope pandora plays more of her songs like her white wedding redux
Her screams gives me the good kind of shiver.
I sung not louder, but I truly, deeply, madlyloved it. Crazy night in Shenyang. One best memories in my Whole life. I Hope one day Doro will rock on China once again. We love you. Go go Doro.

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Yeah, I once was in Doro's concert show. The rock was airing on. Never stop the passion and the power of Heavy Rock. Lately in local Bar, Doro gave us anther rock show that I even can touch her more closely,eyes to eyes, sweat to sweat. You knew that moment I were Doro Pesch. When her biggest-hit All we Are shows on, we are so crazy. First time I forgot who I was and I fallen into this heaven of Rock Music. What's more? Doro let his mic send to me, I had remembered these lyrics more and I sing n
Oh cool, I didn't know Doro was on Pandora - now she plays on my expansive frankenstein mishmash of a station, whee.
One of the all time best Rockers. She'll steal your heart then kick your a**!
emerald_e4
IMO, Doro is #1 & Lita is.....down the list somewhere.
Doro Rocks more & harder than Lita does.

Again, IMO.
demon9
This is my ERA!!Long live DORO!!
Love Doro!
Doro is an excellent songwriter. her lyrics are better than average for the genre and her sense of melody is excellent. obviously she has an increadible voice.
Big fan of Warlock and now, just Doro. I agree with Toppick65, Doro comes into second just behind Lita.
Man she makes Heart look like a bunch of loser b**ches! I'm a dude and I'm totally comfortable listening to this. lol Doro Rocks!
Doro is still kickin' it!!!Keep 'em coming!!!
81248696
she is my second favorite next to lita ford.
Doro Pesch is the greatest female hard rocker of all-time!

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