Finland's Kaaos TV conducted an interview with former ACCEPT and current U.D.O. vocalist Udo Dirkschneider prior to his November 8 concert at Rytmikorjaamo in Seinäjoki, Finland. You can now watch the chat below. A couple of excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET).
On the ongoing DIRKSCHNEIDER tour, dubbed "Back To The Roots - Farewell To Accept", during which is playing classic ACCEPT songs for the last time:
Udo: "There was already a plan that we [would] do the second part of this. I mean, so many people wanna have this show. And we [were] not in Austria, we [were] not in Italy, we'll do more shows in Germany, and also now we go America with the whole thing, and Canada. So, I don't know. The whole thing was exploding. At the moment, there is, in a way, a break with U.D.O.; we [will start in] the beginning of March working on a new album, so I mean, why sitting home? Instead we can do stuff like this. So, yeah, it's a lot of fun, and the people like it, it looks like, and yeah, why not?"
On the fan response to the DIRKSCHNEIDER tour:
Udo: "Yeah, nearly everything [has been sold out]. In Germany already so far, two shows are sold out and the other ones are nearly [sold out]. So, yeah, the whole thing was not planned like this. It was planned to do, let's say, ten [or] fifteen special shows in Europe, and then that's it. But then the whole thing was, like, I don't know… exploding, you know. So many people [said], 'Ah, we wanna have this. We wanna have this.' And I'm still surprised about this. There's a lot of interest, and it's good to see; the people wanna see this. Of course, there has to be an end [laughs], and that will be after the American tour and Canada tour in the beginning of February. And then we make a short break, and then we start working on the next U.D.O. album. So a lot of people were thinking, 'Oh, that's it. This is the last time he's on stage.' No, no, no — don't worry. [Laughs] We're coming back with U.D.O."
On whether it will be sad for him to not play any of the classic ACCEPT songs anymore:
Udo: "I don't know yet. I mean, that will be when we start working on the next tour for U.D.O. without ACCEPT songs. But I think also it will be not really… Of course, there's still some emotion there, but already on the 'Decadent' tour with U.D.O., we were just playing three ACCEPT songs. So I think it will be not a big problem to do a setlist without ACCEPT songs. And, of course, some people say, 'Oh, you cannot do this.' Yeah, then the only thing I can say is then go to [see the current lineup of] ACCEPT and you can listen to the songs. For the next U.D.O. tour, [we will] have more space to put more U.D.O. songs in there — maybe songs we never played or whatever; we will see. And also another new album is coming out. That means… I think we've got enough really, really good songs to make up a really good setlist, definitely."
DIRKSCHNEIDER released a live album called "Live - Back To The Roots" on October 28 via AFM Records. The effort, which was recorded on April 2 at Kaminwerk in Memmingen, Germany, was made available as two-CD digipak and gatefold three-vinyl in four different colors (black, gold, silver and clear).
DIRKSCHNEIDER touring lineup:
Udo Dirkschneider - Vocals
Sven Dirkschneider - Drums
Fitty Wienhold - Bass
Andrey Smirnov - Guitar
Kasperi Heikkinen - Guitar