By Alex Lloyd Gross
Doro Pesch the former singer from Warlock has been doing a solo gig for over 25 years and her material is even hotter than she looks. Playing in her band are two local boys, Johnny Dee on drums and Nick Douglas on guitar. This band has toured all over the world. They play the Wacken festival in Europe to hundreds of thousands of people. They play headline shows in Japan, China, South America. On Saturday, September 3 at 2:00 p.m. this band will play the Best Buy in Fairless Hills, Falls Twp. Pa. It’s right on Oxford Valley Rd, across from the Oxford Valley Mall and it’s FREE.
Drummer Johnny Dee said “We have a 25 year anniversary DVD coming out September 13 and we are doing only a few shows in America. New York, being one and LA being another. we could not do a full tour to support it, it’s not really a new release per se. So the plan was just to do a few gigs for the fans. Well, me being from Philly, i always try to book something locally. I went and contacted (Eric Fliegelman) the store manager. They have gear there, they have a stage there and he’s a huge metalhead. It was a no brainer”, Dee said.
Usually, an in store appearance is there to sell product. Since this DVD does not come out until later, Best Buy is not legally allowed to sell it. However, they can sell her past cataloge which hopefully, they will have plenty in stock to buy. “After the show, which will be acoustic, the band will stay and sign autographs. .”Doro lives for this, she lives for the fans, Dee said”. The Doro band will stick around until all autographs are signed and everyone has a photo that wants one.
The biggest problem in the states for Doro is when she plays clubs, at times fans under 21 cannot get in. It hurts fans and hurts the artists. Younger fans are the most vocal. This show is all ages. It’s a great way for younger fans to become familiar with the band and show their love.
When Doro is on stage, it’s amazing. Her energy level is always on 10 plus. Dee has a reputation as an intense drummer. While the band is onstage inside the store, Dee said he will have to calm down a bit. “We’ve done a few (unpluggedic shows) Doro has done a few in Europe. We call them low volume shows.”You have to use a little bit of dynamics and play for the room, it makes no sense for me to beat the crap out of the drums. I can use wooden dowl sticks. i use my head and my ears to kind of feel out the level of everything”, Dee said.
Dee remembers an impromtu jam that happened with the band. “We were in China like two years ago. we were staying in a really nice hotel. The hotel bar manager was so freaked out that we were there that he wanted us to play in the bar, there, that night and he would not take no for an answer. If I had to play on pots and pans, I’d do it, so anyways, we got some of the worst gear in the world and we just went for it”.
That will not be the case on Saturday, Best Buy has a huge selection of gear to use if the band wants to. The only downside is fans will have to wait for the official release of the 25 year DVD, and Best Buy is not going to be selling Doro t shirts and swag.
Harrison Young, a keyboardist from North Jersey is also scheduled to be there to round out the sound of the band. He is touring with his own band, Earth Minor and Johnny Dee has a few side projects going like The Electric Boa, which have a CD out. He has also filled in for REV on occassion and probably a few other local bands as well. His main obligation is to Doro, and everyone that works with him during his these side projects know that.
Doro loves to sign autographs. She loves to pose for photos and meet her fans. The Examiner will be there at Best Buy. If you are one of the first 10 people to comment below on this article and you are there, we will make every effort to include a photo of you and Doro in the article, to be published the next day. Sorry, employees of Doro, Nuclear Blast Records, Best Buy and The Examiner not eligible. Comments must be posted on this article on the Examiner site by 9:00 a.m. on the day of the event.