German metal queen Doro Pesch is finishing up the “Raise Your Fist” North American tour which commenced with a fiery appearance on the 70000 Tons Of Metal cruise late last month. Touring in support of the anthemic “Raise Your Fist” full-length, released worldwide via Nuclear Blast late last year, the iconic songstress continues to enthrall the masses with her permeating voice, metallic grace and infectious, onstage charm.
Comments the perpetually upbeat Doro: “So far the tour has been so amazing! It’s the best North American tour we’ve ever done. The venues have been packed and so many have sold out. The fans have been truly amazing and so supportive, it’s been overwhelming! The Joliet, Illinois show was so intense, we’re saving some of the live footage for an upcoming DVD. Some shows have been very long — everyone wants to hear so many songs; so many encores!
“We are so looking forward to playing the rest of these shows, especially Hollywood! The old WARLOCK members, our label and so many friends are coming out.
“I truly thank all the fans who’ve made these shows so amazing and possible.”
Doro devotees in Tempe, Arizona will have the opportunity to meet Pesch and her bandmates at a special in-store meet-and-greet on Saturday, February 23 at Naked Dave’s Music, located at 2155 E. University Drive. The signing session will run from 5:00 p.m. until 6:30 p.m.
“Raise Your Fist” 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 Lords Of Metal, Doro stated about her expectations for “Raise Your Fist”, “I will be very happy when the fans say they love the record; that’s the most important for me. I really don’t keep up with numbers, which are, in my opinion, great to talk about afterwards. It’s nice if we will be able to make the charts again, but to me, those kind of things don’t really matter. Much more important is that the fans dig the songs in a live situation and, since we already played ‘Raise Your Fist’ several times live, the first signs are very positive.”