Former ACCEPT frontman Udo Dirkschneider, who attracted loads of consideration within the early Nineteen Eighties by sporting quick blond hair, camouflage pants and navy boots, mentioned the inspiration for his then-look in a brand new interview with We Go To 11. He mentioned (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): “In ’82, [ACCEPT‘s] administration was wanting was one thing completely different, to do one thing completely different with the band. After which, for some purpose, we ended up in a navy store. After which they mentioned, ‘Why do not you set this on?’ Blah blah blah blah blah. After which I got here out of the cabin after which they mentioned, ‘Wow. That appears good.’ And I mentioned, ‘Are you certain?’ [Laughs] I had lengthy hair [at the time]. After which, yeah, I mentioned, ‘Okay. Yeah. I can put on that. No drawback.’ And naturally, I am open-minded. In the event that they wanna do one thing a bit bit completely different, no drawback. And a few days later, the administration [said to me], ‘Are you able to additionally lower your hair?’ I mentioned, ‘No. Come on. This can be a joke.’ [Laughs] However in the long run, okay, I did this additionally. After which, as an instance, the picture of Udo was born.”
In keeping with Dirkschneider, his look has advanced barely through the years. “Typically I modify a bit bit,” he mentioned. “Typically I [wear] only a black shirt and simply the trousers are camouflage. And likewise — I do not know when this was precisely — however I attempted to get away [from] this. After which the folks mentioned, ‘No. No. You can not do that. It is a trademark.’ So I can stay with that.
“However I believe it was right now, once we [first] did this [with ACCEPT], in a approach navy stuff, that was fully completely different… No one actually did this right now. And, yeah, so it labored. I believe ACCEPT was fairly profitable. And right here we go.”
Udo is at present selling his newest solo album, “My Manner”, which was launched on April 22 through Atomic Hearth Information. Billed as “his most private and extraordinary album so far,” the trouble accommodates 17 cowl variations of the very songs which have influenced the 70-year-old musician and singer essentially the most. All types of classics from music historical past are amongst them — together with people who you won’t count on from Udo.
Seven years after asserting that he would embark on a particular tour throughout which he would carry out ACCEPT songs one final time beneath the DIRKSCHNEIDER banner earlier than closing that chapter for good, Udo is continuous to play ACCEPT materials at choose exhibits.
A yr in the past, Udo confirmed to Canada’s The Metallic Voice that U.D.O. will “positively” play some ACCEPT songs if the band’s North American tour materializes in 2022 or 2023.
Dirkschneider mentioned in 2016 that his vow to by no means play ACCEPT materials once more got here with one caveat. “If the band ACCEPT dissolves at some point within the close to future and I’m nonetheless round with U.D.O., then there’s a likelihood that I put ACCEPT songs again within the setlist,” he mentioned. “However at present there may be ACCEPT, so go see them [if you want to see those songs performed live]. They’re taking part in these songs.”
Udo beforehand mentioned the unique plan was for DIRKSCHNEIDER to solely “a number of exhibits,” and “then [the tour] obtained larger and larger [due to demand].” However, he added, “I do not wish to complain about that.”