Metal's First Female Frontwoman Talks About Playing in a Man's World

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Shortly after she recovered, she joined her first band at the age of 16, an underground outfit called Snakebite. At 18, she formed the band Warlock, snagged a record deal, and went on to tour with legends like Ozzy Osbourne, Judas Priest, Bon Jovi, Metallica, Megadeth and W.A.S.P. She earned the first of many career Gold Records in 1988, has been hailed as best singer by a major rock magazine in Spain 13 times in a row (as well as in many American magazines), and was the first woman to play the Monsters of Rock Festival.

On the other hand, I've found that during my last 11 years as a music journalist, you truly can't assume the demeanor of an artist. Sometimes the rudest are the ones who should probably be the most thankful for coverage; while some of the biggest legends in rock, undoubtedly jaded by and distrusting of the media over several decades (and let's be honest, don't really need to do any interviews), are the most friendly, chatty and polite.

That's where Doro fits in.

Throughout our 45-minute conversation, one thing that truly amazed me about Doro was her enthusiasm and wondrous approach to the interview process. She talked about her influences and music with the gusto of an artist that was doing the first round of press for a debut album.

With an arsenal of records spanning almost three decades [Burning The Witches and Angels Never Die are two stand-outs], solo albums backed with Gene Simmons of KISS [1990's Doro], and a fiercely loyal fanbase and band, the latter of which have been with her for decades (you rarely hear of a line-up change)--Doro clearly understands what she's done, and where she's going.

Her 17th album Raise Your Fist was released in 2012, and features guest stars like Motorhead's Lemmy Kilmister and Ozzy Osbourned/Firewind guitarist Gus. G. In 2014, Doro celebrated 30 years since the first time she took the stage with a two-night concert in her hometown of Düsseldorf, Germany, and then brought that same show to the U.S. last fall. And this spring, she's bringing it back to the cities she missed, playing at Club Red in Mesa, Arizona on Friday, March 13.

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Lauren Wise has worked as a rock/heavy metal journalist for 15 years. She contributes to Noisey and LA Weekly, edits books, and drinks whiskey.
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