Fan-filmed video footage of German metal queen Doro Pesch performing her tribute song to legendary heavy metal singer Ronnie James Dio, "Hero", on November 20 at Relentless Garage in London, England can be seen below.
"Hero" appears on Doro's new album, "Raise Your Fist", which sold 585 copies in the United States in its first week of release. The CD landed at position No. 65 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart, which lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists, defined as those who have never appeared in the Top 100 of The Billboard 200.
In a recent interview with Geeks Of Doom, Doro stated about her inspiration for the "Hero" song, "I had the great honor to meet [Ronnie] several times. It was actually [on] my second big tour in the '80s — my first tour was actually with JUDAS PRIEST and my second big tour was with Ronnie James Dio in 1987 and it was such a great tour. PRIEST was my favorite band and Dio was my favorite singer, so needless to say, I was in heaven! It was so great and we got along great, always joking, laughing; he had a great sense of humor. And we had another long tour in America together, it was actually in 2000, and there we became really great friends. It was the time when grunge was on the way out and it was the first real metal tour again in the States and it was DIO, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN and us. Oh, man, it was such a great tour. So much energy. The fans were having such a great time and we started in San Francisco… and then we ended in Florida. It was three gigs in Florida, I was always watching the show every night of Ronnie and it was so overwhelming. I must say I learned a lot and it was so great to watch it and to hear his voice every night and the songs. Then one time he walked off the stage and everybody said, 'Where is he going?' and then my band, they were always watching with me, and they said, 'Oh, you know what's coming up!' I said, 'No, what's coming up?' and, man, Ronnie came back with a second microphone which he got from the monitor guy and I thought, 'Oh, no, oh no!' [laughs] I start shying away and then my band is [saying], 'No, go onstage!' and Ronnie said, 'Hey, Doro, let's sing the encores together.' I said, 'Ronnie I don't know exactly the lyrics,' and he said, 'It doesn't matter, just let's have fun!' We sung the last three shows, always the encores, together and it was such a great time. Unfortunately, there weren't any iPhones, no videocameras handy, no cell phones with video and stuff, so I just had some photos of it, which I put in the last DVD, and they're great photos, I look like a ten-year-old! I was such a happy baby, my smile was definitely from cheek to cheek, from ear to ear!"
She added, "I was always a big fan and like millions of fans I was so shocked and so sad when I heard that Ronnie left and it was actually a couple of weeks later I wrote the song 'Hero' to say thank you and 'Hero' was the first song for the record … Somehow it felt good when it was all done. Actually, when it was all starting, I thought, yeah, it feels good and it feels right."