German "metal queen" Doro Pesch flew from Dsseldorf to New York yesterday morning, just three days after Tropical Storm Irene made landfall just west of her second home on Long Island. When she arrived in Long Beach, a city of 33,000 with many apartment buildings built nearly up to the Atlantic Ocean, instead of her neat house on the beach, Doro only came upon a heap of ruins.
"The damage is disastrous," Doro states mournfully. "The whole ground floor was flooded. It stinks, electricity failed and everything's wrecked inside of the house. From the TV to the fridge to the furniture. Everything's grime-stained, defective, unusable."
Doro continues, "The worst thing is that pieces of my stage costumes and lots of my souvenirs and presents from fans from all around the world are lost forever now."
Despite the damage to her house, Doro's previously announced concerts in celebration of the North American release of the "25 Years In Rock" 2DVD/CD set will go ahead as scheduled.
"The shows will take place, of course," Doro says. "For now, I've found accommodation in a hotel in New York and will have to see where things will go from here."
She adds, "I saw the pictures of Irene on TV when I visited my mother in Germany on the weekend. When a red rubber raft appeared canoeing through a road on Long Island, I already assumed the worst."
Although Doro has kept a busy touring schedule throughout the years, she's called America her home base for the past 20 years. "I got my green card in 1991 and I was so happy," she told Noisecreep in a recent interview. "I stayed in New York City for the next ten years. It just got to be too expensive to live in Manhattan, so I moved to Long Beach, Long Island. It's a nice community here and I'm not that far from the city. I have no complaints."
The photo of Pesch below was taken this past spring when she sat by the pier in front of her house to make use of the idyllic atmosphere to write songs for her new album that will be released in 2012.
A CBS TV report on the damage to Long Beach, New York caused by Tropical Storm Irene can be seen below.
In addition to the two special shows in New York City on September 9 and Chicago on September 11, Doro Pesch and her band will take part in an in-store signing session and live performance on September 3 at the Best Buy in Fairless Hills, Pennsylvania. This is a FREE, all-ages event and will be Doro's only Philadelphia-area appearance in 2011.
Date: Saturday, September 3
Time: 2:00 p.m.
Location: Best Buy, 310 Commerce Blvd., Fairless Hills, PA 19030