Russia has a special meaning for Udo Dirkschneider and his band U.D.O. They were one of the very first international artists to tour the huge country of Russia — and their fans are still very thankful until this day. So recording a live DVD on September 28, 2013 at the Arena Hall in Moscow to highlight the "Steelhammer" tour was an opportunity the band didn’t want to miss. It is the first live release of U.D.O.'s new lineup (with a Russian bandmember) which easily convinced fans and critics alike on recent festivals and headlining gigs.
The band put together an exceptional setlist, including many classics that haven't been played for a long time, fan favorites and tracks from "Steelhammer".
Released on May 23, "Steelhammer - Live From Moscow" was made available as DVD/2-CD, Bluray/2-CD and triple-vinyl in Russian national colors (tricolor).
"Steelhammer - Live From Moscow" track listing:
03. King Of Mean
04. Future Land
05. Cry Of A Nation
06. Trip To Nowhere
07. They Want War
08. Never Cross My Way
10. Stay True
11. In the Darkness
13. No Limits
14. Mean Machine
15. Burning Heat
16. Metal Machine
17. Devil's Bite
18. Go Back To Hell
21. Metal Heart
Bonus content of the DVD/Blu-ray:
* Behind The Scenes
* Russia Travel Documentary
* Trainride In Russia
The "Go Back To Hell" performance clip from "Steelhammer - Live From Moscow" can be seen below.
U.D.O.'s latest album, "Steelhammer", was released on May 24, 2013 via AFM Records. The CD was produced by Dirkschneider and Fitty Wienhold.
U.D.O. in 2012 announced the addition of guitarist Andrey Smirnov to the group's ranks. He replaced Stefan Kaufmann, who left the group for health reasons.
Stefan will continue to work with U.D.O. behind the scenes and produce other bands at his Roxx studio.
Kaufmann was the drummer for ACCEPT on nine albums but was forced to give up drumming towards the end of the band's initial run due to health problems.
Stefan joined U.D.O. as a guitar player in 1996, following ACCEPT's second breakup, and has recorded nine albums with them.
"Live In Sofia", the most recent DVD+CD and Blu-ray+CD from U.D.O., entered the Music DVD chart in Finland at position No. 1 and in Germany at No. 4.
"Live In Sofia" contains footage of U.D.O.'s November 16, 2011 concert at Hristo Botev Hall in Sofia, Bulgaria.