Former ACCEPT frontman Udo Dirkschneider, who turned 70 years outdated on April 6, spoke to A&P-Reacts about what it looks like for him to achieve this milestone birthday. He stated (as transcribed by Phoosi.com): “I really feel fairly good. No drawback. Getting 70 years outdated, it is only a quantity. I feel an important factor is how you are feeling inside. And that is a… I do not wanna say ‘very younger,’ however I nonetheless really feel younger. [I] preserve going, and when you preserve going, that retains you recent and younger, particularly in this type of music, what we’re doing. We really feel, like, ‘Yeah, we’re going ahead.’ And that is a advantage of this.”
Requested how he nonetheless manages to maintain his voice in such nice form in any case these years, Udo stated: “I feel I am so fortunate with my voice. I by no means had any issues, and I by no means was canceling a live performance. After all, generally you’ve got a chilly on tour, however I by no means had any issues. Stefan Kaufmann, my outdated ACCEPT bandmate, he is [recording] all of my vocals already additionally now on U.D.O. and in addition on this [upcoming] cowl album [‘My Way’], and he stated to me this was a miracle. ‘You sing like within the ’80s — excessive notes, actually excessive notes. And likewise the decrease vary goes higher.’ Usually, [when you’re] getting older, the voice will get just a little bit closed. I do not know… It is — how can I say? — knock on wooden. [Laughs]”
Udo went on to say that he does “nothing particular” to maintain his voice intact. “I by no means had any classes,” he defined. “I by no means heat up earlier than I’m going onstage. Okay, now I am not smoking since 18 years — 17 or 18 years. I used to be smoking three packs of cigarettes a day, after which I ended fully. And you may scent a lot better, the style of meals is a lot better, and in addition the respiration is a lot better. However I do not miss [smoking]; I am glad that I ended smoking. However I by no means do something particular with my voice — nothing.”
In early 2019, Udo used a strolling cane throughout a few of his live shows after coping with a “severe well being” situation. The singer reportedly could not stroll in any respect for an prolonged interval after experiencing ache in his left knee. He later ignored docs’ recommendation when deciding whether or not to return to the highway and joined his bandmates as they kicked off a European run of headlining exhibits in January 2019 in Madrid, Spain.
Though it has been reported that Dirkschneider suffered a coronary heart assault practically 30 years in the past, he instructed Metallian that the fact was a bit completely different. “Round 1990, I had — what’s the phrase — a physique breakdown and never a coronary heart assault,” he stated. “I used to be overworked, singing, recording, writing songs, producing and even being a supervisor. I used to be engaged on different albums. It was an excessive amount of. It was not a coronary heart assault. I bear in mind the experiences. I do not know the place the report on a coronary heart assault got here from. In a manner, I’m fortunate. I’ve by no means had an issue with my voice. I’ve managed to remain wholesome. I additionally stopped smoking [in 2003]. Particularly, whereas on tour, it’s a must to do your greatest to remain wholesome. I all the time say that I’m fortunate, I’m very fortunate. After all, we get drunk generally, however I by no means get together or take medication or one thing like that. I’ve all the time been a wholesome man.”
Due on April 22 by way of Atomic Fireplace Information, “My Means” is billed as Udo‘s “most private and extraordinary album so far.” The trouble incorporates 17 cowl variations of the songs which have influenced the musician and singer probably the most, together with traditional tracks from URIAH HEEP, RAINBOW, THE SWEET, MOTÖRHEAD, LED ZEPPELIN, SCORPIONS, AC/DC and JUDAS PRIEST.
Photograph credit score: Eddi Bachmann
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