Doro Pesch says that metal music transcends gender.
The singer, who fronted German band Warlock in the 80s, was the first woman to front a band on the Monsters Of Rock Tour in 1986.
Doro tells Zombie Tapdance Magazine: “There were 500 people backstage at Monsters Of Rock and I was the only girl. It was a little bit lonely sometimes.
“But other than that, I never had any problems. I always had a great time. I was always treated really well.”
She continues: “There were some other cool women doing it. Rock Goddess from England – I loved the singer – Jody Turner, you had Girlschool, Lee Aaron in Canada. There were a handful.
“But I just did what I love. I never really thought it was such a big deal. Yes I’m a woman – but I’m a metalhead. I think music is above it all.”
Watch the full interview below.
Doro previously told TeamRock that she faced “pressure” and “a lot of attention from the media” as a female singer.
She’ll head out on her European tour later this month.
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Doro Pesch 2016 tour dates
Nov 24: Leiden Gebroeders De Nobel, Netherlands
Nov 25: Wilhelmshaven Pumpwerk, Germany
Nov 26: Magdeburg factory, Germany
Nov 27: Erfurt HsD Gewerkschaftshaus, Germany
Nov 29: Dresden Strabe E, Germany
Dec 01: Katowice Mega Club, Poland
Dec 02: Ziln Masters Of Rock Cafe, Czech Republic
Dec 03: Bratislava Majestic Music Club, Slovakia
Dec 04: Budapest Barba Negra Music Club, Hungary
Dec 07: Memmingen Kaminwerk, Germany
Dec 09: Karlsruhe Substage, Germany
Dec 10: Bad Rappenau Muhltalhalle, Germany
Dec 11: Aschaffenburg Colos-Saal, Germany
Dec 13: Ingolstadt Eventhalle Westpark, Germany
Dec 14: Cologne Live Music Hall, Germany