German metal queen Doro Pesch is putting the finishing touches on her new studio album for an October release through her new record label, Nuclear Blast Records. An EP will precede the full-length CD in May/June. She says, "[This] past weekend, I flew over to the U.S. to work on the last couple of songs for my new album. Just some last twists and pulls to be done — after three long years of hard work! But it all paid off in the end." She added, "I am considering having those 12-14 songs being mixed in Scandinavia for the first time. The producers there guarantee a massive, fresh and modern sound."
Doro will embark on a European headlining tour in the fall. The 19-date trek will kick off on November 15 in Kiel, Germany and will wrap on December 9 in Berlin.
The dates are as follows
Nov. 15 - Kiel, Germany - Max
Nov. 16 - Bremen, Germany - Aladin
Nov. 17 - Tilburg, Netherlands - O13
Nov. 18 - Antwerp, Belgium - Trix
Nov. 20 - London, UK - Garage
Nov. 21 - Paris, France - Divan Du Monde
Nov. 23 - Pamplona, Spain - Totem
Nov. 24 - Madrid, Spain - Arena
Nov. 25 - Barcelona, Spain - Razzmatazz 2
Nov. 27 - Pratteln, Switzerland - Z7
Nov. 28 - Stuttgart, Germany - Longhorn/LKA
Nov. 30 - Memmingen, Germany - Kaminwerk
Dec. 01 - Wien, Austria - Scene
Dec. 02 - Budapest, Hungary - Club 202
Dec. 04 - Prague, Czech Republic - Retro Music Hall
Dec. 06 - Bochum, Germany - Zeche
Dec. 07 - Karlsruhe, Germany - Substage
Dec. 08 - Vacha, Germany - Vachwerk
Dec. 09 - Berlin, Germany - Huxleys Neue Welt
During a 2011 interview with Metal Kaoz, Pesch was asked about the progress of the songwriting and recording sessions for her next studio album. "I think we have completed 80 percent of the new record and there are some great songs coming up," she replied. "Actually, one song is dedicated to Ronnie James Dio and the working title is 'Hero'. That's a very special song. I was a big Dio fan and I know that there are so many fans out there are missing him so much, so definitely this song will be on the new record. Also they will be some speed metal songs, some anthems songs and, of course, some power ballads."
In conjunction with the Stateside release of the mammoth "25 Years In Rock" 2 DVD/CD set, Doro performed two special shows in New York City on September 9, 2011 and Chicago on September 11, 2011. Both nights included clips from the DVD, limited edition merchandise and an autograph session followed by a performance by the metal queen herself.
Released in Europe in 2010 (also via Nuclear Blast), the epic "25 Years In Rock" two-DVD/CD set includes Doro's 25-year anniversary show in its entirety as well as clips from her 2,500th concert and so much more.
"Fear No Evil", the latest album from Pesch, was made available in North America in June 2009 via AFM/Dismanic/Ryko Distribution.