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Doro/ Chris Caffery

Date: 06/05/07
Venue: BB King Blues Club, NYC
Reviewed By: Rich Catino


Doro setlist:

Earthshaker Rock
I Rule the Ruins
You’re My Family
Burning the Witches
True as Steel
Above the Ashes
Metal Racer
Strangers Yesterday
Fur Immer
Burn it Up
Breaking the Law
All We Are
East Meets West
Love Me In Black

The night started with two local openers. Operatica who are very similar to other female fronted bands like Nightwish playing a Euro style and Arctic Flame playing more Iron Maiden/Running Wild inspired metal. Both have been making their rounds rather regularly opening for just about every either classic and mostly European Power Metal bands in the NY/NJ area for several years now.

Will these two bands emerge beyond just being a local opener or will they continue to be just that remains to be seen?

Chris Caffery played around thirty five minutes and delivered an odd set. Really, a few friends and I looked at each other and said “What is Chris doing”. In between songs there was some of him talking to crew members, changing into a brightly lit fluorescent jacket?, doodling on the guitar and even doing a solo, plus we got a drum solo? Like dude.. you only have thirty minutes and fiddling around in between songs and including two solos? It just seemed like he was not prepared or just making poor use of the time he did have to perform. He played “Edge of Darkness”, from his latest album “Pins n Needles” “Reach Out And Torment Again” (apparently tied in with the Doctor Butcher tune of the almost same name), a cover of Michael Schenker’s 'Into The Arena', 'half of “Edge Of Thorns'” as he missed the ending because of granting some B-Day wishes to a friend, ‘Pisses Me Off” (where in each verse he expresses everything that pisses him off), and 'Preludio/Abandoned'. Now even though his solo set was strange say, with Doro he sounded great and was on the whole time.

Doro is currently out supporting her latest album “Warrior Soul” along with “20 Years: A Warrior Soul”, a double-DVD set that includes a behind-the-scenes documentary-styled concert footage of the Euro-Russian tour, footage from inside the tour bus, “20 Year Anniversary: The Movie” what was actually a German theatrical release highlights the stageshow, with guest performers and interviewees including the original Warlock (Doro’s first band), Zak Stevens (Circle II Circle), Tom Angelripper (Sodom), Lemmy (Motorhead), Udo Dirkschneider (Accept), Sabina Classen (Holy Moses) and others.

The thirty three song DVD set list includes many of the tunes Doro is famous for as well as covers of Billy Idol’s 'White Wedding', Steppenwolf’s 'Born To Be Wild', Dio’s 'Egypt' and Judas Priest’s 'You’ve Got Another Thing Coming' (complete with 60% of Saxon playing behind her).

Doro commands the stage as always, voice has held up well over the years still strong, she’s very grateful for her fans letting them know every chance she gets, and truly a Metal Queen because she just lives and breathes the music. Her band which includes long time bassist Nick Douglas, drummer Johnny Dee from Britney Fox with Chris Caffery currently pulling double duty blazed through mostly a classic Warlock set. "Metal Racer" and "Burning The Witches" from 1984's “Burning The Witches”, the title track to "Hellbound" and “True As Steel”, with four songs from their most successful release “Triumph And Agony” "Fur Immer," "I Rule The Ruins," "East Meets West," and their hit/anthem "All We Are”. More recent songs included the title track from 1998's Love Me In Black”, "Burn It Up" from 2000's Calling The Wild, "Fight" from 2002's album of the same name, with "You're My Family" and title track from the latest album "Warrior Soul". Also, a cover of Judas Priest's "Breaking The Law" was included for a rousing rendition from both the band and an energetic audience response.

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