Monday, June 25, 2007 @ 7:18 PM
The Metal Maiden lays waste to
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Leave it to a blonde headbanger in tight leather to get me to go back on my word. Considering the source, it wasnít too difficult.
After catching Overkill at the Clubhouse in Tempe about a year and a half ago, I vowed I would never go back. Dark, dank, smelly little club. It claims it can hold 600 people (where I'm not sure) and yet only one person at a time can use the menís room. I think the night Overkill played, there might have been only one red stage light working.
So what am I doing back here? Doro Pesch is said blonde. Never got to see her during the heyday when Warlock was touring, and I donít think she has regularly toured the US in some time.
So as I get to the Clubhouse, I take a deep breath and walk in. There might have been 50 people already in the club. All of them had their attention on the opening band, Rizon. Rizon has a very devoted draw around Arizona, and each time they play it gets more and more crowded. Always high energy, and the crowd always gets involved, tonight being no exception. The tight, yet short, set consisted of:
With Rizon off the stage, I find myself looking around the club and wondering why bands like Overkill and Doro would play here. Sure, it might have been called ďpaying your duesĒ over 20 years ago, but thatís when the bands were up and coming. They were paying their dues. Either way, maybe itís the intimacy the bands like in such a small venue.
Another band has now gone on stage, but considering the female vocalist is not quite making their choice of cover songs work, Iím not paying too much attention to them. They canít carry the momentum Rizon had, and tonight there isnít going to be a female vocalist who is going to be able to compete with Doro. Letís face it, there is the only alpha female in the house tonight and sheís blonde (can you tell I really dig blondes?).
Once the cover band gets off the stage, Chris Caffery begins his double duty Ė first with his own band and then as Doroís guitarist. He went through a short set that I was not familiar with, as I am not a huge Savatage or Trans-Siberian Orchestra fan. Most of the crowd seemed to be as lost as I was with the material, and just settled back and enjoyed the great performance Chris put on. He is definitely a solid player, and the crowd enjoyed the entire show.
By now it looked like the crowd had picked up a little, but it was still much smaller than what I was expecting. Earthshaker Rock comes off the stage full force as the band makes their presence known. Together they were a very solid force delivering a powerful set. Blonde hair was flailing everywhere as Doro was headbanging left to right and up and down. I Rule the Ruins and Youíre My Family follow, and the crowd is just lapping up every ounce of adrenaline the show is offering.
The bandís performance was just phenomenal. The energy on stage rivals that of a band playing a European festival. Doro was repeatedly professing her appreciation to the crowd for their support. It is always refreshing to see an established artist so humble when it comes to their fans. Whether it was 50,000 or 50 people, Doro was going to give it her all and make sure the crowd knew that they had a place in her heart.
On a side note, as many of you know I always enjoy providing a photo gallery to accompany my live reviews. However, Doroís publicist couldnít be bothered to respond to my requests for a photo pass. It makes me wonder if the lack of response and promotion is maybe why Doro is playing to 100 people instead of a larger venue like she should be. Luckily, fellow photographer DJ Cordero had managed to get his camera in the venue, and took these killer shots.
Doroís set list: