In honor of her 30th anniverary as a performing artist, German metal queen Doro Pesch celebrated with fans from all over the world with two separate-yet-unique shows on May 2 and May 3 at CCD Stadthalle in her hometown of Düsseldorf. She said: "We came up with something very special for our 30th stage anniversary, with two totally different shows that cover the entire creative spectrum of my band and me — from emotional and soft, to hard, raw and heavy."
The first anniversary show on May 2 was dedicated to Doro and the Classic Night Orchestra. Accompanied by brass, strings and her band, Doro performed her most beautiful, emotional ballads like "Für Immer", "1000x Gelebt" and "Let Love Rain On Me" in the stylish surroundings of CCD Stadthalle. On this night, big hits like "All We Are", "Metal Tango" and "Burn It Up" received a classical overhaul by the orchestra.
Fans have been waiting for this to happen for the past ten years, since Doro's last performance with the Classic Night Orchestra was in 2004, after her album "Classic Diamonds" was praised by fans and critics alike.
At the second anniversary show on May 3, Doro travelled through all 30 years of her incredibly successful career, delivering a three-hour, high-voltage set with all things rock and roll she has to offer.
At both shows, Doro welcomed several fantastic guests, including Biff Byford (SAXON), Chris Caffery (TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA, SAVATAGE), Udo Dirkschneider (U.D.O., ex-ACCEPT), Blaze Bayley (IRON MAIDEN, WOLFSBANE), Mr. Lordi (LORDI), Thomas "Angelripper" Such (SODOM), Marc Storace (KROKUS) and Hansi Kürsch (BLIND GUARDIAN).
Fan-filmed video footage of the two concerts can be seen below.
To coincide with Doro's anniversary concerts, Nuclear Blast released "Raise Your Fist - 30 Years Anniversary-Edition", containing the re-release of the "Raise Your Fist" record and a bonus CD, "Powerful Passionate Favorites", featuring new and unreleased tracks, as well as Doro's cover versions of aongs by some of her favorite artists, such as LED ZEPPELIN, TINA TURNER, METALLICA and DIO. Another highlight is the French version of her hit "Raise Your Fist In The Air" as well as a new mix of "It Still Hurts", a duet along with MOTÖRHEAD's Lemmy Kilmister.