Doro Pesch celebrated 30 years of heavy metal as she brought her 30 Years Strong & Proud anniversary tour to NYC.

The last show for Doro Pesch in NYC was at B.B Kings Blues Club & Grill nearly a year and a half ago, in February 2013. This time around, she was out promoting her latest LP, Raise Your Fist. The show was jam packed with special guests, and included a massive 23-song set spanning her entire musical career.

Within the past 20 years, it seems the flood gates of women within hard rock and metal world have spawned outta of nowhere. While I applaud her gusto, in a predominantly male arena, only one can hold the crown. If Ozzy Osbourne is the Prince of Darkness and Halford is the Metal God, then the Goddess of Metal has to be given to the talented Doro Pesch and here is why.

She gave her life to the Metal, she lives and will die for the Metal.

With 16 albums under her belt, she confidently took that mantle as she flexed her way through the opener from her Warlock days with the song “I Rule the Ruins.” She made the men feel like teenage boys and the women awe and respect. All throughout the night, her voice seemed to grow stronger with every song.

Doro slayed us with the classic Warlock period songs right out of the gate. Through “Earthshaker Rock,” “Burning the Witches,” and “Fight for Rock,” the fans in attendance could not deny her voice. She has a voice that can go toe to toe with Bruce Dickson and yes, even the late Ronnie James Dio.

With a body of work that goes back to 1984, she never subjugated herself as eye candy, instead letting her music do the talking. One of the many highlights was a duet with Bobby Blitz Ellsworth from Overkill, who stepped out of his thrash confines to do a beautifully rendition of “Always Live to Win.”

Throughout this majestic evening, we were treated with a dozen selections of Warlock material, which seem to stand the test of time. Legendary bassist from the Plasmatics, Jean Beauvoir, did a fiery rendition of “Burn it Up.” The legendary Chris Caffery known for his work with Savatage and Trans-Siberian Orchestra did a couple of songs. With Jeff Waters from Annihilator, Doro did an amazing version of “Breaking the Law” proving without a doubt she can hang with the boys.

The deafening roar of “All We Are” clued to everyone the night was about to end, but not before she closed with a powerful rendition of Dio’s “Egypt (The Chains are On).” In doing so, she paid homage to one the best and most beloved of the pantheon of metal’s best singers, an elite club in which she herself can confidently claim membership.

Photo Credit: Rodrigo “Terco” Fredes (website)

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Doro set list: Rule the Ruins, Earthshaker Rock, Burning the Witches, Fight for Rock, Always Live to Win (with Bobby “Blitz” Ellsworth), Raise Your Fist, Love Me in Black, Metal Racer, The Night of the Warlock, Burn It Up (with Jean Beauvoir), Für Immer (with Chris Caffery), Metal Tango (with Chris Caffery), Out of Control, Drum Solo, Wacken Hymne (We are the Metalheads) (Skyline cover), East Meets West (with Leather Leone), Unholy Love, True as Steel (with Veronica Freeman), Revenge (with Jeff Waters), Breaking the Law (Judas Priest cover) (with Jeff Waters), All We Are  (with Everyone), Hellbound, Egypt (The Chains Are On) (Dio cover)

About The Author

Anya was born and raised in Donestk, Ukraine, and immigrated to NYC when she was 8 years old. In her early teens she discovered Power Metal and many artists from the European metal scene. Her passion for photography grew from her concert experiences. “There is nothing more exciting then capturing those small moments on stage that musicians have with their instruments.” she enjoys taking photos from the crowd and is not afraid to step into mosh pit to take photos of the fans in action. Photography has influenced Anya in other ways. When she’s not in the photo pit she can be found teaching preschool where photography is a big part of my daily curriculum. Photography is more than a hobby it is a passion, which allows her to combine all her interests into one.

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