Doro @ Mojoes, Joliet (US)

DORO / THE MIGHTY SWINE

Date: 12th October, 2014
Venue: Mojoes
Ticket: $15 (€12) in advance / $18 (€14) day of show
Promoter: n/a


MariaV: I think it goes without saying (much) that after having witnessed the two-day celebrations for the 30th anniversary of DORO in Düsseldorf, Germany, it would be kind of difficult to reach the same level of excitement. However, DORO is far from the average Metal band, so that nice Sunday it was no brainer that METAL KAOZ would once again pay its respects to the one and only Metal Queen Doro Pesch and her amazing band. I’ll have to excuse myself for missing the two local opening acts, but it was impossible to be at Mojoe’s early enough to watch their sets, since life always comes first.

The four members of Ohio’s THE MIGHTY SWINE were already onstage prepping their gear when we entered the venue, although I think they were off schedule by maybe fifteen minutes. Sure, this was not biggie and definitely not a mood killer. The band started the set with “Empty Shell” and a super tight sound that made justice to the modern type of Thrash that had lots of groove. Stacey Donahue had an extensive arsenal of Hard Rock guitar moves, so he quickly established a communication channel with metalheads in the front rows and helped the band get the boost needed for a supporting act. The second song followed without pause and before “Dead Man's Stare”, frontman and bassist Mike Skimmerhorn took the chance to introduce the band's lineup. The nice groove of “Last Man Standing” was perfect for warming up for DORO, while “Rite Of Passage” was dedicated to the headliners who "are treating THE MIGHTY SWINE like kings", and I'm quoting Mike's words.

I really like when supporting bands take full advantage of the given time with minimum breaks, being absolutely focused on the promoting their music and this is exactly what THE MIGHTY SWINE did. Their set ended with a quite good cover take on JUDAS PRIEST’s “Hell Bent For Leather” that established the perfect mood for the headliners.

THE MIGHTY SWINE setlist:

01. “Empty Shell”
02. “Vengeance Is Mine”
03. “Dead Man's Stare”
04. “Last Man Standing”
05. “Rite Of Passage”
06. “Thick As Thieves”
07. “Two Graves”
08. “All That Is Evil”
09. “Hell Bent For Leather”

THE MIGHTY SWINE

The Mighty Swine @ Mojoes (US) (photos by Dimitris Kontogeorgakos) The Mighty Swine @ Mojoes (US) (photos by Dimitris Kontogeorgakos) The Mighty Swine @ Mojoes (US) (photos by Dimitris Kontogeorgakos) The Mighty Swine @ Mojoes (US) (photos by Dimitris Kontogeorgakos)

The Mighty Swine @ Mojoes (US) (photos by Dimitris Kontogeorgakos) The Mighty Swine @ Mojoes (US) (photos by Dimitris Kontogeorgakos) The Mighty Swine @ Mojoes (US) (photos by Dimitris Kontogeorgakos) The Mighty Swine @ Mojoes (US) (photos by Dimitris Kontogeorgakos)

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DimK: It took more time than I was expecting to prep the stage for DORO, something that made Monday looking a rather difficult working day, so there was some growing frustration in my mind. But the magic of this band is that made all this go away with just the setlist opener. Yeah, “I Rule The Ruins” kicked in taking no prisoners as the entire band showed up wearing huge smiles with Doro leading the charge running as always with a full tank of energy, no matter the attendance. Indeed, I felt I was back in Düsseldorf and the 2-nights anniversary, despite there were ten times less people singing along. Without waiting much, the band spearheaded the show with the twin-guitar headbanger “Earthshaker Rock” and once again felt great watching Doro doing all her trademark moves being as close as physically possible to her fans, sharing smiles and handshakes at any given chance. Still, it would be an absolutely injustice if one claimed that the show was all about Doro. No, everyone contributed in pushing the energy levels at the red scales with Nick Douglas jumping up and down, Bas Maas doing his classic guitar-playing poses (I guess his jetlag was already down the drain), while Johnny Dee was pounding the drum skins like there was no tomorrow. Sure, Luca Princiottta did some double duty playing some keyboard parts (when Harrison Young couldn’t), so he was not so actively energetic like the other two, but I think this is just his style. It was quite energetic though watching the three gentlemen in front of Johnny's transparent blue-ish drum kit jumping all together after the end of every song. “Burning The Witches” saw lots of headbanging and – of course – some singing along from everyone in the front lines. I have no idea how she does this, but watching Doro onstage it feels like she is looking straight in your eyes, so the only thing you can do is follow her charge. The taped intro marked the time for “Night Of The Warlock” that has managed to become a setlist favorite with the addictive I-have-to-sing-along chorus (let's not forget all those ‘oooohs’) and the super tight guitar groove. By the way, kudos to Johnny for the beast-like laughter in the end of this one.

“This is dedicated to all the die-hard fans” said Doro as the perfect preamble to the kind of rare “Evil” that I think was released as a b-side on “You Hurt My Soul (On 'n' On...)” single. I love watching all those older fans wearing patches and holding vinyl records like they are the most precious things in the world while headbanging as if the world is about to end. If you have been following this band, then you should know that the fans are a top priority and this is why whatever Doro says about them, sounds so honest and true. “This one is dedicated to you because without you I wouldn’t be here” said Doro and then did a killer version of “Without You” that is a blueprint for an 80s Power Metal ballad (this is how we called songs like this back in the day). In every break there were many requests for songs and it was quite funny watching Doro trying to fit everyone's wish in the setlist (in such little available time for the Queen) and I am sure if she could, this show would last at least three hours. “Metal Tango” (I love the classical version) was dedicated to all the ladies, the must-haves “True As Steel” saw many fists pumping and – of course – loud singing along and the old-schooler “Out Of Control” gave the signal for more headbanging (cannot resist the 4/4 tempo) before giving Johnny Dee some time for his drum solo. And yes, he did his “I Love It Loud” thingy that is always fun, managing to get people going during the sometimes awkward drum-solo part. I guess this was the best moment for ‘Wacken Hymne (We Are The Metalheads)” that Doro introduced the infamous Metal festival by inviting everyone to Germany to get the ‘Wacken’ experience.

It was amazing and at the same time sad that time flew by so quickly, so the trademark melody and drum beat of “All We Are” was a reminder that the show was getting closer to the end. But before doing so, we were served with “Unholy Love” where Doro acknowledged Gene Simmons for producing the “Doro” album, and the last song of the night “Hero” that as you (should) know is dedicated to (and I am quoting Doro) “to the one and only Ronnie James Dio. Did I say the last song? Yeah, that would be the case for one of the other bands, but not for DORO. Wearing one of those captivating smiles, Doro introduced my favorite “Revenge” underlining that it was Bas Maas who penned this one before letting him deliver that amazing old-school riff. And that was the end of another all-about-the-fans show from a lineup that gives everything onstage, no matter the number of people watching. After having watched DORO countless times, in both sides of the Atlantic, I think that this band’s name should become a synonym meaning to the "a guarantee to have authentic Metal fun in every concert" phrase.

“Stay hard
True as steel
Stay hard
We’re goin' down in history
Stay hard
True as steel
Stay hard, stay hard”

DORO setlist:

01. “I Rule The Ruins”
02. “Earthshaker Rock”
03. “Burning The Witches”
04. “Fight For Rock”
05. “The Night Of The Warlock”
06. “Raise Your Fist In The Air”
07. “Evil”
08. “Without You”
09. “Metal Tango”
10. “True As Steel”
11. “Out Of Control”
12. “Wacken Hymne (We Are The Metalheads)”
13. “Hellbound”
14. “All We Are”
15. “Unholy Love”
16. “Hero”
17. Revenge”

DORO

Doro @ Mojoes (US) (photos by Dimitris Kontogeorgakos) Doro @ Mojoes (US) (photos by Dimitris Kontogeorgakos) Doro @ Mojoes (US) (photos by Dimitris Kontogeorgakos) Doro @ Mojoes (US) (photos by Dimitris Kontogeorgakos) Doro @ Mojoes (US) (photos by Dimitris Kontogeorgakos)
Doro @ Mojoes (US) (photos by Dimitris Kontogeorgakos) Doro @ Mojoes (US) (photos by Dimitris Kontogeorgakos) Doro @ Mojoes (US) (photos by Dimitris Kontogeorgakos) Doro @ Mojoes (US) (photos by Dimitris Kontogeorgakos) Doro @ Mojoes (US) (photos by Dimitris Kontogeorgakos)
Doro @ Mojoes (US) (photos by Dimitris Kontogeorgakos) Doro @ Mojoes (US) (photos by Dimitris Kontogeorgakos) Doro @ Mojoes (US) (photos by Dimitris Kontogeorgakos) Doro @ Mojoes (US) (photos by Dimitris Kontogeorgakos) Doro @ Mojoes (US) (photos by Dimitris Kontogeorgakos)
Doro @ Mojoes (US) (photos by Dimitris Kontogeorgakos) Doro @ Mojoes (US) (photos by Dimitris Kontogeorgakos) Doro @ Mojoes (US) (photos by Dimitris Kontogeorgakos) Doro @ Mojoes (US) (photos by Dimitris Kontogeorgakos) Doro @ Mojoes (US) (photos by Dimitris Kontogeorgakos)

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