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Doro - LIVE: Islington Academy, London 2014

30 Years Strong & Proud Tour
May 19 (20:40 - 23:35)
Capacity 800

For the woman dubbed "the metal queen" it was 30 years ago, in 1984, that she began her professional recording and performing career when her first band, Warlock released their debut album Burning The Witches.

The tour to celebrate this started in Europe towards the end of 2013 with fellow Germans nulldB, who again joined Doro on this leg. Slightly mismatched, nulldB struggled with the crowd. Their chunky brand of modern metal, akin to American bands of the last 10-15 years (SOiL, etc.) wasn't really the right thing for a classic metal crowd, and with lyrics in German they found it hard to engage the audience.

The arrival of the headliners as early as 20:40 game as a relief therefore to many, and was especially pleasing because it meant the chance of a very extensive setlist. No one in metal enjoys being on stage more than Doro Pesch - a lot say they do, but Doro is unique in the pure joy she displays while singing live - and from the moment she runs onto the stage she doesn't stop moving and the crowd reflect that energy in kind.

Doro's setlist format for this anniversary tour is very interesting too. It has a core of songs which are always played, in the same order, occasionally losing a song here or there due to time constraints (on this particular occasion Rock Till Death was dropped), then in certain slots, particularly at the end, on-the-fly selections are made from a pool of rehearsed tracks. Often Doro will ask the audience what they want to hear, and the first time someone calls out a title that is in the available pool, that one gets chosen.

That does of course mean several songs don't find a place in the set simply through not be chosen on that night, and unused options for London included Engel, Hellbound, Touch of Evil and Ich Will Alles, but in their stead things like the rarely played Love Me In Black (by request), Unholy Love, and Dio cover Egypt (The Chains Are On) all received due attention. The most left-field selection came right at the end. With time running out, instead of the more common Touch of Evil from Warlock's Triumph And Agony album, the band played Evil, the bonus track from the True As Steel album, a pay off exclusively for the most dedicated fans.

Over two-and-a-half hours Doro delivered a set for everyone, with deep cuts and big hits mixed together. Both her and her band were full of energy for the duration, and put on a show which admirably represented Doro's 30 year career.

“ No one in metal enjoys being on stage more ”

Setlist: I Rule The Ruins / Earthshaker Rock / Burning The Witches / Fight For Rock / The Night of The Warlock / Raise Your Fist In The Air / Metal Racer / Without You / Metal Tango / Burn It Up / Egypt (The Chains Are On) / East Meets West / Für Immer / Out of Control / Drum Solo / Wacken Hymne (We Are The Metalheads) / Revenge / Breaking The Law / All We Are / Love Me In Black / Unholy Love / Evil

Photo(s): Andy Lye

Written by Andy Lye
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