Doro Pesch and her band consisting of Johnny Dee, Luca Princiotta and Nick Douglas are out celebrating the 30 year anniversary of Warlock’s final album Triumph and Agony featuring guitarist Tommy Bolan who appears on the 1987 album.
We attended the first two dates of the 5 date tour at The Palladium in Worcester, Massachusetts and BB Kings in New York City and as expected, both shows were incendiary. Each show of the tour will include a performance of Triumph and Agony in its entirety, plus a guitar solo from the man who rocked the album himself, Tommy Bolan. Triumph and Agony contains staple hits such as “All We Are”, “Fur Immer”, “East Meets West” and “I Rule the Ruins” as well as songs you won’t hear at any other Doro concert- “Make Time For Love”, “Cold, Cold World”, “Kiss of Death”, “Touch of Evil”, “Metal Tango” and “Three Minute Warning”. Once the album is played in it’s entirety, Doro asks the crowd for requests which at both shows ended up being practically Warlock’s greatest hits. Among the requests were “True As Steel”, “Hellbound”, “Burning The Witches”, “Earthshaker Rock” and a handful of others.
The first night of the tour at The Palladium included a performance of Judas Priest’s “Breaking the Law” which is typically performed in any Doro headlining set, however two nights later at BB Kings it was omitted from the set, likely due to the opening band playing it themselves. Both nights had a request for the Wacken anthem “We Are The Metalheads”, and BB Kings had a special request for “Night of the Warlock”- a track off of Doro’s solo album Fear No Evil.
Doro and her band have consistently performed amazing shows every time I’ve seen them, and this tour was no different. Tommy Bolan added a sense of nostalgia to the show for die-hard Warlock fans, plus he had a great presence and chemistry on-stage. The remainder of her band perform at 100% the entire night, and the Queen of Metal herself is no different. Doro’s strong stage presence and ability to communicate with the audience results in endless crowd participation throughout the evening.
The tour will hit The Token Lounge in Detriot, Michigan tonight, with two remaining dates in Chicago and Los Angeles. When we asked if she’ll be coming back next year, she responded with “I sure fucking hope so”- well Doro, so do we.