Udo Dirkschneider has as soon as once more expressed remorse over not securing rights to the ACCEPT title, the band he co-founded in 1976. The German frontman has been vocal over his dissatisfaction with the present Mark Tornillo-fronted model of ACCEPT that options just one unique member — guitarist Wolf Hoffmann. Regardless of saying plans six years in the past to cease performing ACCEPT materials dwell, Dirkschneider continues to take action in each U.D.O. and DIRKSCHNEIDER.
In a current interview with Phoosi, Udo talked in regards to the enterprise selections which have pressured him to carve out a legacy in U.D.O. and DIRKSCHNEIDER, which have additionally created fervent debate over whom ought to be performing ACCEPT‘s again catalog. “[ACCEPT‘s longtime manager] Gaby Hoffmann was intelligent to have us signal paperwork that every one the rights ought to go to Wolf for the title in 1981,” he stated. “Presently, we had been signing numerous papers. I came upon very late that I signed one thing like that. It is historical past. I am positive with U.D.O., I am positive with DIRKSCHNEIDER. I can nonetheless play ACCEPT songs. It would not matter if it is known as ACCEPT or U.D.O. — individuals know what is going on on. For me, it is historical past. It is not the nicest factor on the earth, nevertheless it was a very long time in the past, however so what?”
Udo then delved into how he considers the 2 outfits that bear his names to be precise “bands” as a substitute of him performing with a bunch of backing musicians. “I am an open-minded individual,” he stated. “For me, I by no means noticed me in U.D.O. or DIRKSCHNEIDER as a solo artist. For me, it was essential to have a band round me. It is not like I’ve to face in entrance of everybody onstage. It is essential that the band is one. I additionally stated that to my band members: ‘You additionally stand within the entrance when you have your half.’ I feel that is a superb factor for the viewers and followers to appreciate. It is not like simply Udo. It is also the band.”
In early 2019, Udo developed left knee points that left him partly immobilized onstage. Now 70 years of age and selling his “My Means” covers album, Udo talked in regards to the well being and health routine that has helped him regain his earlier type.
“I am positive,” he stated. “No issues in any respect — I am in fine condition. I do numerous strolling round, swimming within the ocean. Strolling has been ok for me. Due to the pandemic, we solely had 4 exhibits within the final two years. We’re touring extra with the intent of doing greater than 4 exhibits. Now, it appears like we will transfer on once more with touring. We’ll begin rehearsing in ten days for our tour in South America. Then we’ve got the festivals over the summer time, then a European tour.
“It is crucial [to stay busy],” he continued. “Should you’re 70 years previous, you are getting actually previous. However the entire enterprise and what I am doing retains you younger. [Laughs] For me, 70 is only a quantity. I do not really feel like I am 70. We are going to see how lengthy I can do that. Hopefully, for a very long time. Individuals are asking me, ‘When are you retiring?’ I say, ‘Retirement? What is that this?’ Sit at residence, consuming espresso and watching the climate? That is not for me. I hope I can do that for a very long time, however we are going to see.”
Launched on April 22 by way of Atomic Hearth Information, “My Means” is billed as Udo‘s “most private and extraordinary album so far.” The hassle accommodates 17 cowl variations of the songs which have influenced the musician and singer probably the most, together with basic tracks from URIAH HEEP, RAINBOW, THE SWEET, MOTÖRHEAD, LED ZEPPELIN, SCORPIONS, AC/DC and JUDAS PRIEST.