Collaborations: Beast (1981); Die Krupps (1997); Powergod (2001); Mägo de
Oz (2001, 2006); Motörhead (2001, 2011); U.D.O. (2002, 2012); Killer (2003); Destruction
(2005); Dezperadoz (2006); Twister Sister (2006); After Forever (2007); Saxon
(2007); Tarja (2008); Axxis (2009); Dio Disciples (2011); Girlschool (2011);
Grave Digger (2011); Krypteria (2011); Sister Sin (2011); Tankard (2012); Liv
Kristine (2014); Angra (2015); Amon Amarth (2016)
Curiosities: ♦ Doro started her career in garage bands in native Düsseldorf underground
scene and achieved media visibility and some commercial success with Warlock in
♦ In the 1980s the presence of women in rock, and in particular in heavy
metal bands, was usually considered by press and fans more for glamour and
sexual exploitation than for the musicianship showed. Doro Pesch was one of the
few exceptions; her qualities as vocalist and songwriter in Warlock, her
commitment in promoting their music and her avoidance of posturing as a sex
symbol won the respect of a solid fan base in the expanding European metal
scene of that period.
♦ Both fans, press and internet community often referred to Doro with the
moniker Metal Queen, to show their respect and deference for the uninterrupted
career of the German singer on the heavy metal scene.
♦ Her career and commitment are held in high esteem by the new generation
of female heavy metal singers.
♦ Doro is also known for her duets performed both live and in studio with
other singers and musicians of the metal scene, whom she has befriended in her
Personal life: ♦ Doro Pesch has always been very reserved and careful in protecting her privacy
off-stage. She consciously renounced a family and children in order to dedicate
all of her time to her musical career and her fans.
♦ Doro is vegan. Her stage clothes are handmade,
following models she designs and using synthetic materials which imitate
leather after the singer’s adhesion to PETA. She also supports the no-profit
organization Terre des Femmes, which helps women and girls in need all over the
world. Doro has been a trained Thai boxer, a sport that she started practicing
in 1995. She still enjoys graphic arts and painting in her limited free time.
Highly successful women metal singers, far from being divas who want all the glory for themselves, also regularly collaborate on each other’s albums. This delights fans and is a win-win for the artists. For example, Tarja Turunen (ex-Nightwish) appeared with Sharon den Adel on Within Temptation’s latest album. In the “making of” video, Sharon relays that the media had been pitting the two singers against each other for years and asking the two of them to comment on each other, even though they had never met. When they finally did meet for this endeavor, they clicked instantly and sang a beautiful duet together.
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