DORO Releases Her Cover Of JUDAS PRIEST's 'Living After Midnight' Featuring ROB HALFORD
August 2, 2023
German metal queen Doro Pesch has released her cover version of the JUDAS PRIEST classic "Living After Midnight". The track, which is a duet with PRIEST singer Rob Halford, is taken from Doro's upcoming studio album, "Conqueress - Forever Strong And Proud", due on October 27 via Nuclear Blast.
The 19-song LP is described in a press release as "the result of intensive hard work that took the incomparable singer and songwriter back to studios in Miami, New York and Hamburg, amongst others. The album presents Doro at the height of her creative powers."
Doro comments: "JUDAS PRIEST and Rob Halford have always been one of my biggest inspirations and continue to be my heroes. It was so great working with Rob. 'Living After Midnight' has always been one of my favorite songs and I'm so proud of our duet!"
This past June, Doro released "Time For Justice", the first single from "Conqueress - Forever Strong And Proud", along with a "Mad Max"-style video. The clip was filmed with director Mirko Witzki (CALIBAN, ANY GIVEN DAY, EMIL BULLS).
"Conqueress - Forever Strong And Proud" will arrive one day before Doro's 40th-anniversary concert at the Mitsubishi Electric Halle in Düsseldorf, Germany.
"Conqueress - Forever Strong And Proud" track listing:
01. Children Of The Dawn 02. Fire In The Sky 03. Living After Midnight 04. All For You 05. Lean Mean Rock Machine 06. I Will Prevail 07. Bond Unending 08. Time For Justice 09. Fels In Der Brandung 10. Love Breaks Chains 11. Drive Me Wild 12. Rise 13. Best In Me 14. Heavenly Creatures 15. Total Eclipse Of The Heart
16. Warlocks And Witches (Intro) (Bonus Track) 17. Horns Up High (Bonus Track) 18. True Metal Maniacs (Bonus Track) 19. Heart In Pain (Bonus Track) 20. The Four Horsemen (Bonus Track)
In a recent interview with Canada's The Metal Voice, Doro stated about the musical direction of "Conqueress - Forever Strong And Proud": "It's pretty heavy. It's pretty hard. The first five songs are totally heavy. Then there's a midtempo anthem coming on. But I think it's pretty heavy. The song 'I Will Prevail' is the heaviest, I think. And the opener I love so much. It's called 'Children Of The Dawn'. And then there's some duets on it."
Speaking in general about the fact that she has been able to record and share the stage with so many of her musical idols, Doro said: "I was so lucky in my life [that] I could play and perform and record with the best people, people I love. It's unbelievable."
"[Rob] was a big influence," she added. "I loved Ronnie James Dio, David Coverdale, Rob Halford, Biff [Byford], Lemmy… And I was a big KISS fan. And I could work with everybody. Oh my God. It's awesome."
In April, Doro told Brazil's A Rádio Rock that fans can expect "many anthems" and "many diehard metal songs" on her upcoming LP. "Many soulful songs. And a great, great guest. A great collaboration on one of the songs. And I think this will be probably my second 'All We Are' that people always wanna hear it and sing it. And there's one song for the animals, because I love animals. It's called 'Heavenly Creatures'. And I wanna do something with this song. So that's dedicated to all these heavenly creatures."
She continued: "I grew up with dogs and horses and parrots, and I miss that in my life. That's the only thing I miss. I have no regrets whatsoever, but I would have loved pets. But it's impossible when you're on tour. So I do something else. And I just adopted two horses. But they're not close to where I live. They're actually in a different country; they're in Austria. But they're someplace where people take care of animals. It's so nice. It's a paradise — for people and for animals."
This past February, Doro spent time at Miami Beach Recording Studios laying down vocal tracks for her upcoming studio album.
Doro's latest album, 2018's "Forever Warriors, Forever United" featured 19 regular tracks and six bonus songs.
In September 2022, Doro released a very unique single — a soulful adaptation of her classic metal anthem "Raise Your Fist In The Air". The track was made possible by the new ZDF (national German TV channel) music show "Music Impossible".
In May 2022, Doro told Sleaze Roxx that she does most of her songwriting now with former SISTERS OF MERCY guitarist Andreas Bruhn. "I met him, I think, in 1986," she said. "We've always worked good together. Actually, the new bass player we have in Europe, we wrote a new killer song together so that's a new friendship. It's an anthem. It's good! And I wrote one song with my very first producer from the 'Hellbound' album. We met up again and wrote a nice song together. It's a song for the animals because I love animals. It's called 'Heavenly Creatures'. That will definitely be on the new record I'm planning on putting out next year. Next year, I have my 40th year anniversary so we want to celebrate it big."
In celebration of 35 years of the "Triumph And Agony" album from her former band WARLOCK, Doro released "Triumph And Agony Live" in various formats, including CD, vinyl, cassette, DVD, Blu-ray, and a huge box set, in September 2021 through her own label, Rare Diamonds Productions. The "Triumph And Agony" artwork centered on Geoffrey Gillespie's famous original drawing of the "Warlock" embracing the blonde rock star.
Doro Pesch photo credit: Jochen Rolfes for Nuclear Blast
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