Former ACCEPT singer Udo Dirkschneider, who has loved nice recognition in Russia for many of his profession, weighed in on the nation’s invasion of Ukraine in a brand new interview with Belgian Jasper. He stated (as transcribed by Phoosi.com): “It is a actually unhealthy feeling, I inform you. Usually it was deliberate that we do one other actually lengthy tour in Russia and Ukraine in October. Okay, Ukraine is certainly not attainable, and Russia will be attainable, however I do not wanna try this. We canceled… All of the bands are canceling all of the Russian dates. That is unimaginable.
“I really feel sorry for the followers, in fact. I believe in the mean time, undoubtedly it takes some time earlier than you are able to do one thing like a tour once more in Russia,” he continued. “I do not know. I do not see this, not earlier than 2024 or one thing like that — possibly. You by no means know what’s coming. The conflict continues to be occurring.
“And in addition, my guitar participant [in U.D.O. and DIRKSCHNEIDER], Andrey [Smirnoff], he’s Russian, however he was residing already for eight years within the Ukraine. And fortunately yesterday he arrived in Germany. He [was] driving via the entire Ukraine. Everyone was, like, ‘Nicely, Jesus, hopefully it really works.’ And so yesterday night he arrived in Germany together with his entire household. And thanks. That was, for us, extra private, the entire thing additionally. It is not like, okay, watching TV and seeing what is going on on. That is already a nightmare. However to have someone there and to get him out [of] there, that was, like, ‘Phew.’ Particularly considered one of my predominant guitarists — I imply, [he’s been in the band] for 10 years now. It is, like, ‘Oooh.’ However lastly it really works.”
He added: “However the entire scenario, it is nonetheless… I’ve no phrases for this. It is, like, why? Why? Why they do that? They’re destroying Ukraine. Why? They don’t seem to be [posing] any hazard to Russia. I do not know what sort of medication this man takes in Moscow,” he stated, apparently referring to Russian president Vladimir Putin. “Hopefully it is not getting worse.”
Udo is presently selling his upcoming album, “My Means”, which shall be launched on April 22 through Atomic Hearth Information. Billed as “his most private and extraordinary album so far,” the trouble incorporates 17 cowl variations of the very songs which have influenced the musician and singer essentially the most. Every kind of classics from music historical past are amongst them — together with people who you won’t anticipate 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 below the DIRKSCHNEIDER banner earlier than closing that chapter for good, Udo is continuous to play ACCEPT materials at choose reveals.
A yr in the past, Udo confirmed to Canada’s The Steel Voice that U.D.O. will “undoubtedly” play some ACCEPT songs if the band’s North American tour materializes in 2022.
Dirkschneider stated in 2016 that his vow to by no means play ACCEPT materials once more got here with one caveat. “If the band ACCEPT dissolves sooner or later 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 stated. “However presently there may be ACCEPT, so go see them [if you want to see those songs performed live]. They’re enjoying these songs.”
Udo beforehand stated the unique plan was for DIRKSCHNEIDER to solely “a couple of reveals,” and “then [the tour] obtained greater and greater [due to demand].” However, he added, “I do not wish to complain about that.”
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