Doro: Metal transcends gender

Doro Pesch
Doro Pesch (Image credit: Getty)

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.

Earlier this year, Doro released a clip of herself performing Love Me In Black live, followed by a video for her single Love’s Gone To Hell.

She’ll head out on her European tour later this month.

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

Why Doro Remains The Undisputed Metal Queen

Former TeamRock news desk member Christina joined our team in late 2015, and although her time working on online rock news was fairly brief, she made a huge impact by contributing close to 1500 stories. Christina also interviewed artists including Deftones frontman Chino Moreno and worked at the Download festival. In late 2016, Christina left rock journalism to pursue a career in current affairs. In 2021, she was named Local Weekly Feature Writer of the Year at the Scottish Press Awards.