Doro Pesch, the Queen of Metal paid a visit to The Legendary Dobbs on South Street. The show started yesterday, October 23 2014 but did not end until well into the early morning hours of today. This show should not have happened, as it was not listed on the official tour itinerary. In fact, the last date on the tour was in NYC earlier this week, at the Gramercy Theater. After making the trip several years ago, most Philly fans refused to go to that venue, after they disrespected Doro on Sept.9,2011, by cutting her set drastically to allow a freakfest inside later that night. You can read that review here When Doro drummer Johnny Dee announced the tour, he quickly realized that had to include a Philly show. His friends and local fans demanded it. Doro graciously agreed to play one more date, and the result was a packed house last night.
Johnny Dee wears many hats . He is the drummer and tour manager and also does roadie work as needed. He lives just outside Philly. Bass player Nick Douglas is also local. Keyboard player Harrison Young used to live in New Jersey about an hours drive away. To sum it up, a local gig had to be played. While the event was open to the public,there were so many familiar faces there, it seemed like a private show. The band has a ton of material to play and they chose the gems that people really wanted to hear. New songs like “Raise Your Fist” were played. Even though that has been out a while,it evokes a strong reaction from the crowd. “Burning the Witches”,”True as Steel” “Earth Shaker Rock” are true staples of a Doro show. During “All We Are”, Doro gave the mic to her young friend, Madison Williamson, to sing a few lines. Madison met the band at the old Pennant in October of 2010 and her and her family have been part of the Doro family ever since.
Another staple of a Doro show is her unwavering love and devotion to her fans. That showed last night, as Pesch headbanged, jumped ran all over the small stage. Her energy level is that of a 22 year old. Many fans could not keep up the pace and were content to stay in the back. For those with enough stamina to handle the front, they were rewarded last night, as Doro would give them the microphone to have people sing a few lines to the song. It’s not fair to say that Doro’s actions were unprecedented. It was totally expected, as anyone who has seen Doro before , knows how she rewards those that headbang in the front with her.
With the crowd mostly older and smarter, there was thankfully no moshing going on. As it would start, other fans were quick to put the kibosh on that, making the show enjoyable for all. Doro took that stage just before 11:30 at night. She was free to play as long as the bar was open. She ended the show just before 1:00 a.m, taking requests. Her set list was posted on the stage but that meant nothing to Doro, she played songs as they were shouted out by the crowd.
Prior to the show, fans could see her band members walking along South Street. Bas Mas, ( guiatar) Luca Princiotta (guitar) Harrison Young, (keys) Nick Douglas (bass) and Johnny Dee were only too happy to stop to chat. Doro arrived late and went right into the venue. She had a meet and greet for people that paid a few extra dollars for the privilege of early admission and the opportunity for an autograph and a quick hello. as the show was over and Pesch was still on stage, one fan yelled up from the front row “Can you take a photo with me”? Knowing Doro,it was no surprise that she did.