DORO And ROB HALFORD have recorded a cover of 'Total Eclipse Of The Heart': “it sounds really, really special”
During an appearance on this week’s (Tuesday, September 12) episode of SiriusXM‘s “Trunk Nation With Eddie Trunk”, German metal queen Doro Pesch revealed that her upcoming studio album, “Conqueress – Forever Strong And Proud”, will include two separate duets with JUDAS PRIEST singer Rob Halford: the recently released cover of the PRIEST classic “Living After Midnight” and a version of the 1983 global smash hit “Total Eclipse Of The Heart”, written by Jim Steinman and originally performed by the Welsh singer Bonnie Tyler.
Watch “Living After Midnight” below.
“The record has 20 songs on it, and I think they all sound killer,” Doro said: “And it has three duets on it, and two duets with my favorite, with Rob Halford of JUDAS PRIEST, and I can’t believe it. It’s so awesome to me. I was a big, big PRIEST fan, and it was my very first big tour in 1986. And Rob and I met again last year in France at Hellfest, a great festival. And then we were talking, hanging out. And then we said, ‘Hey, let’s do something together.’ So we did two duets. And the first one is ‘Living After Midnight’. That was my choice, because I loved singing it. It was always a feel-good song. And then Rob Halford said, ‘I have the song I always wanted to do with you. It’s ‘Total Eclipse Of The Heart’.’ And that came out so great. When you hear it, you can tell Rob loves the song and I’m so happy. Even two duets, man. That’s more than I can ask for. I’m a lucky baby, I tell you.”
Asked if “Total Eclipse Of The Heart”, will be a bonus track on the album, since it didn’t appear in the LP’s original track listing, Doro said: “It is on the record, but it just got finished a couple of weeks ago. Actually, I delivered the record and the vinyl is already done. And then I got an e-mail. Rob Halford said, ‘Hey, what about the second song?’ And I thought, ‘Oh, man. That’s too good to be true.’ And then we did the second song. And it just got done a couple of weeks ago. We will do a video for that song, and it will come out — the video and the single will come out the day the record will be released, so on the 27th of October. But it came out so awesome. And oh, man, that was just the icing on the cake. I thought I was done with record. And PRIEST producer Andy Sneap, he worked on it, and my guys worked on it, and it was a great teamwork. And Rob Halford sounds so great on it. It’s, like, wow. It’s definitely one of my absolute favorite songs of this album, and it sounds really, really special. You have to check it out. But yeah, it’s brand new — just got done; mastering just got done. And video we are doing in a few weeks.”
Pressed by host Eddie Trunk whether her version of “Total Eclipse Of The Heart” is “heavy”, Doro said: “Yes, yes, it is heavy, and it’s, like, wow. It’s very heavy, but it sounds great, I think, yeah. I think it’s a killer version. I always get goosebumps when I hear it. And I think other people who heard it, they thought, ‘Wow.’
“I think all my dreams came true working with all these great people, all my heroes, all people who inspired me so much,” Doro added. “And PRIEST was my very first tour in Europe in ’86 when metal was so huge. And it was such a great tour. So Rob and I finally did something together. And we always stayed friends. So I think that makes this album even more special to me, and I think many fans will love it.”
Watch the previously released video for ‘Time For Justice’ below.
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For the big 40th Throne anniversary, the Metal Queen also invites you to two mega concerts: on 2.8. to a big headlining show in Wacken, on 28.10. to the anniversary show in Düsseldorf and to many other worldwide festivals.
It couldn’t be more fitting. In 1983, 19-year-old Dorothee Pesch from Düsseldorf set out to conquer the rock world. Today, 40 years, over 10 million studio albums sold and countless awards later, DORO has been the undisputed queen of metal for decades and, with over 3,500 concerts in more than 60 countries around the world, has earned herself an outstandingly powerful and enthusiastic fan base!
DORO Pesch stands for one of the greatest success stories in the rock scene.
Conqueress – Forever Strong and Proud comes in following formats:
2CD Digibook with 36p booklet (including bonus tracks)
2LP in gatefold with 2 inserts | Splatter white/black
2LP in gatefold with 2 inserts | Marbled white/blue
2LP in gatefold with 2 inserts | Red transparent
2LP in gatefold with 2 inserts | Picture
Box Set 2LP in gatefold with 2 inserts (incl bonus tracks) + 2CD Digibook with 36p booklet (including bonus tracks) + Pendant + Numbered & Signed Certificate + Poster + Patch + Pick
“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
13. Best In Me
14. Heavenly Creatures
15. Total Eclipse Of The Heart
01. >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)
Doro’s last album, 2018’s “Forever Warriors, Forever United” featured 19 regular tracks and six bonus songs.
Catch DORO live:
Catch DORO live:
15.07. DE Saarbrücken – Open Air am E-Werk 16.07. DE Rottendorf – Gut Wöllried 21.07. IT Cremona – Lupollo in Rock 2023 28.07. DE Seebronn – Rock of Ages 2023 02.08. DE Wacken – W.O.A. 2023 19.08. CZ Moravský Krumlov – Rock Castle 26.08. DE Hameln – Paddy Rock Open Air 2023 02.09. AT Graz – Metal On The Hill 06.09. US Atlanta – ProgPower USA XXII
15.10. ES Santanyi – Full Metal Holiday
28.10. DE Düsseldorf – Mitsubishi Electric Halle