Metaldays - 2017

Text: Tobias Nilsson Photo: Lunah Lauridsen

Time for another headliner on the Ian ‘Lemmy’ Kilmister stage, and this time it’s one of the classic one’s - Doro! Readers of this page ought to know by now, that we are both big fans of the Queen of Metal, and were naturally looking forward to this show.

“We had a great time here the last time, seven or eight years ago, and we’ve been dying to come back!”
- Doro Pesch (vocals)

Doro may have been the headliner of the day, but while she had gathered a good crowd for the show, it wasn’t as impressive as I’d thought it would be. The size of it could have been for almost any old band playing here.
Like true professionals, the band didn’t let this affect them though, and why should they? I mean, it was still a large amount of people who had shown up, nothing to be embarrassed about or anything.
Anyway, a long intro was played to get us all in the mood, after which the band came out and directly began playing the sing along friendly Raise Your Fist In The Air. Well, let’s be honest here, everything this band delivers is sing along friendly, it’s part of the charm, isn’t it?

“Slovenia, let me hear you loud and proud!”
- Doro Pesch (vocals)

Speaking of sing along friendly, we didn’t get further than to the second song of the set, I Rule The Ruins (a favourite of mine), before the band took a break for Doro to lead us into the popular left to right screaming contest. And singing and screaming along was something the audience was really up to. It wasn’t the wildest crowd of the festival, there wasn’t really much moshing or crowdsurfing going on, but people were willing to let their voices be heard.
All songs had some level of singing, as you have understood by now, but there are a couple of tracks worth mentioning above the rest in this respect - the Judas Priest cover Breaking The Law, which would normally be performed with Udo Dirkschneider, but here all of Udo’s lines were given to the audience. The other one is All We Are, which after being started of with Metallica’s Creeping Death, went straight into a loud “all we are” crowd sing along fest.
A runner-up in this category was the Warlock cover Burning The Witches, in which there was time set off for Doro to scream “burning”, to which the crowd replied at full strength “witches”.

The entire band was playing at full strength this night. As already mentioned, they were professionals to the tips of their fingers, as they say, and did their very best to rock this festival. Doro (oh man, this is as confusing as with Abbath, in never knowing whether the person or the band is being addressed) has gathered a great set of not only musicians, but performers around her. They were all full of energy, moving about a lot, and drummer John ‘Johnny Dee’ DiTeodoro Jr. was seen at it again with standing up while playing. For Für Immer, both Luca Princiotta and Nick Douglas was seen playing keyboard.
While not singing, Doro herself was busy thanking everyone, and dedicating songs left and right - in reference to the stage they were playing, Without You was dedicated to the memory of Lemmy, and Dio, and all the other heroes who have passed on through the years. Later, Doro’s duet with Lemmy, It Still Hurts was used as an outro for the show.

All in all, this was not a bad show, good even. Not as great as we’d hoped, but solid. The one major drawback was Doro’s thankfulness. I mean, it’s nothing new, she’s been thanking the crowd, thanking the band, thanking other bands, and so on and so forth for years now, but it’s always been on a slight increase, and now, it has just reached an amount of thankfulness that has taken it from appreciable humbleness, to downright silliness. I’m not saying stop, but I am saying, take it down a notch. Other than that, carry on!


Raise Your Fist In The Air
I Rule The Ruins (Warlock cover)
Burning The Witches (Warlock cover)
Fight For Rock (Warlock cover)
East Meets West (Warlock cover)
Für Immer (Warlock cover)
Wacken Hymne (We Are The Metalheads) (Skyline cover)
Burn It Up
Breaking The Law (Judas Priest cover)
All We Are (Warlock cover)
Metal Racer (Warlock cover)
The Night Of The Warlock
Without You (Warlock cover)
Earthshaker Rock (Warlock cover)
Hellbound (Warlock cover)
It Still Hurts

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