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Nick Douglas – Longtime Bassist for Doro: Of Triumph and Regenerations

Nick Douglas – Longtime Bassist for Doro: Of Triumph and Regenerations

Nick Douglas has been the bassist extraordinaire for the legendary Doro Pesch since 1990, touring the world many times over.  He has appeared on all of the Doro albums since 1993’s Angels Never Die – a total of 9 in all.  In addition, Nick has also released a his second solo adventure entitled Regenerations – a stunningly reflective album jammed packed with emotionally driven rock and roll. Nick Douglas and the Doro band were at the world famous Whisky a Go Go on the Sunset Strip, playing the final US date of their short but very sweet Triumph and Agony 30th Anniversary Tour.   Known as the final Warlock release before Doro would go solo, Triumph and Agony is jammed packed with fan favorites – and on this very special night, the landmark recording would be performed live in its entirety!  Prior to Doro’s high energy rock and roll extravaganza, Highwire Daze Online caught up with Nick Douglas backstage at the Whisky to find out more about his work with the one and only Queen of Metal, revisiting Triumph and Agony on this very special tour, his amazing Regenerations solo endeavor, and other topics of intrigue.  Read on…

How has this current tour with Doro been going, and what are some of the highlights?
Ken, it’s been great. It’s been so quick, it’s only five shows for North America, so we’re making the best of it. Putting every ounce of energy we can into all five and this is #5, as you know. The last one. We have a lot of momentum from the summer, it was a very busy summer season with the festivals. We’re still going with that rocket fuel and just – here it is. Here is, really, the pinnacle point. The end of the summer shows is tonight, in feeling anyway. In emotion anyway because then we have a five week pause, and then we start a winter tour so – yeah we’re juiced and ready to go.

What has it been like to do a tour based on the Triumph and Agony album, and how many songs did you have to learn off of that?
I only had to learn 4 because the band has regularly been playing the rest of the record. The four were new to us, which is “Three Minute Warning,” “Cold, Cold, World,” “Kiss of Death” and “Make Time For Love.” The great thing about it is that we have Tommy Bolan with us, the original guitar player who played on the album. So having heard these songs for so long and now hearing the original guitar player playing the original licks as they were live, it’s amazing. It’s a stunning feeling. It makes you realize how special the album was, to have that extra element of originality from that album along now with us live. Wow, here it is! We’re playing the album.

Where were you 30 years ago when Triumph and Agony was originally released?
[laughs] I was in New Jersey where I grew up, South Jersey. I remember, I had a friend who bought the record, I hadn’t heard of Warlock before and like most people was stunned by Doro’s voice, just captivated. Put on the first song, “All We Are” – of course it’s Doro’s voice and there’s a huge roaring crowd supporting her and then the rest of the album – you just have to listen all the way through because it’s constantly leading you on, edging you on to keep listening. So yeah, I remember that well and then getting in the band three years later was like surreal. It was just awesome.

So you did your first solo album Through The Pane, right before the Doro Fight album. At that point in your career, what made you decide to put out a solo album?
As a musician, or anyone who is creative, it’s as if about 10-20% of me is always writing or creating something or thinking of an idea. So it’s just a cultivation of several ideas over time where it was like, OK now there’s enough content that it makes sense to make a record. And it’s different than Doro, purposefully different. Just an extension of me, other things other than Doro. It’s almost like a balancing act. I have Doro, the Doro world, the Doro family. Here’s this little extra thing that I do on my own, so it’s like, one sort of satisfies the other.

Any overall story or concept behind your second and current album Regenerations?
Loose concept, basically I’ve been through a lot of personal changes in the last 15 years that the songs have been written. Regenerations itself means just that, I was someone quite different then than I am now. The way I look at things, the way I used to be concerned about things that I’m not so concerned about now. You let those old worries off your shoulder and you just live life. What I’ve learned from it, looking back in retrospect, and what I like to convey to people is that it’s never too late. No matter how deep in a hole you think you are, I feel like living proof that it’s never too late to change, change for the good, to be here realizing – I feel like I’m here to help others in some way or another. Whether it’s a song I wrote, or if I’m helping open a door for someone who is holding a lot of boxes, I just feel like more and more that’s what life̵