It’s really quite apt that the first female fronted band that the iPod shuffle throws out there is Düsseldorf’s metal queen Dorothee Pesch – better known as Doro. During the 80’s she fronted German band Warlock until she lost some legal battle with the bands ex manager. Ever since she has been recording and touring under the Doro moniker.
Doro and Warlock were pretty much the leading light for female musicians in the metal community. In 1986 they were the first female fronted band to appear at the Monsters of Rock festival at Donington Park and as far as I can recall the only female to grace the stage during the festivals original run which ran from 1981 to 1996!
The festival under its relaunched name of the Download Festival has made some odd choices over the years, but having Warlock open the event in ’86 to be followed by Bad News just seems completely odd in hindsight. Bad News were a fictitious band created for a spoof TV documentary created by The Comic Strip Presents… programme. The band consisted of three quarters of the Young Ones – Nigel Planer, Ade Edmonson and the late great Rik Mayall.
This track was taken from Warlock’s fourth and final album Triumph & Agony before the aforementioned managers spat took effect. Just as the United States took to the band following previous album True As Steel and this one, the name change seemed to derail that upon the release of Force Majeure in 1989.