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WOLF HOFFMANN Has 'Lots Of Thoughts' About UDO DIRKSCHNEIDER Performing Only ACCEPT Songs On Tour

ACCEPT guitarist Wolf Hoffmann says that he has "lots of thoughts" about Udo Dirkschneider's decision to embark on one final tour during which the singer is performing nothing but ACCEPT songs. The DIRKSCHNEIDER tour, which was launched in early 2016, was originally supposed to conclude with the band's North American run in January/February 2017, has ...

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Bassist FITTY WIENHOLD Exits U.D.O. After 22 Years

Bassist Fitty Wienhold has announced his departure from U.D.O., the German heavy metal band fronted by former ACCEPT singer Udo Dirkschneider. Fitty, who joined U.D.O. in 1996, broke the news of his exit in a four-minute video message which was posted to his YouTube channel. He said: "After 22 years being with Udo as a ...

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ACCEPT's MARK TORNILLO On Taking Over For UDO DIRKSCHNEIDER In 2009: 'It Could Have Gone South In A Big Hurry'

Sakis Nikas of Rockpages conducted an interview with ACCEPT frontman Mark Tornillo at this year's Rockwave festival, which took place in July in Athens, Greece. You can watch the entire chat below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On playing songs live from their 2017 "The Rise Of Chaos" studio album: Mark: ...

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Ex-U.D.O. Guitarist KASPERI HEIKKINEN Fires Back At UDO DIRKSCHNEIDER: His Comments Are 'Bitter' And 'Unprofessional'

Former U.D.O. guitarist Kasperi Heikkinen has fired back at Udo Dirkschneider, calling the singer's recent comments about him "really sad, unnecessary and unprofessional." The legendary ex-ACCEPT frontman recently gave an interview to Metal Forces in which he blamed Heikkinen's and fellow guitarist Bill Hudson's departures from U.D.O. on the fact that "they were ...

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UDO DIRKSCHNEIDER On Former U.D.O./DIRKSCHNEIDER Guitarists KASPERI HEIKKINEN And BILL HUDSON: 'There Was Too Much Ego'

Anthony Morgan of Metal Forces recently conducted an interview with former ACCEPT and current U.D.O. frontman Udo Dirkschneider. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below. On writing tracks for latest U.D.O. album "Steelfactory": Udo: "If we get the feeling that an idea just doesn't really work, we stop with it. It's ...

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DORO Recruits Guitarist BILL HUDSON For PROGPOWER USA Performance

Guitarist Bill Hudson will perform with German metal queen Doro Pesch at this year's ProgPower USA festival on Thursday, September 6 at Center Stage in Atlanta, Georgia. Hudson, who has previously played with TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA, CIRCLE II CIRCLE, JON OLIVA'S PAIN and DIRKSCHNEIDER, says: "This is due to very unfortunate circumstances, and I will be ...

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UDO DIRKSCHNEIDER Comments On Recent U.D.O. Lineup Changes: 'I Want To Have Fresh Blood In The Band'

Vocalist Udo Dirkschneider (U.D.O. , DIRKSCHNEIDER, ex-ACCEPT) recently spoke with Jimmy Kay of The Metal Voice. The full conversation can be streamed below. A few excerpts follow (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On the new U.D.O. album, "Steelfactory": Udo: "We start[ed] working on this album after the first American tour in March 2017. We ...

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Watch Pro-Shot Footage Of DIRKSCHNEIDER's Performance At Germany's SUMMER BREEZE Festival

Professionally filmed video footage of DIRKSCHNEIDER's August 18 performance at the Summer Breeze festival in Dinkelsbühl, Germany can be seen below (courtesy of the German TV program "Rockpalast"). Singer Udo Dirkschneider has spent the last two years touring under the DIRKSCHNEIDER banner, performing classic ACCEPT songs for the last time. The trek, which was originally ...

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U.D.O.: Lyric Video For 'Make The Move'

The official lyric video for the song "Make The Move" from U.D.O., the German metal band led by former ACCEPT frontman Udo Dirkschneider, can be seen below. The song is taken from U.D.O.'s upcoming album, "Steelfactory", which will be released on August 31 via AFM. According to a press release, "Steelfactory" sees "U.D.O. return to ...

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UDO DIRKSCHNEIDER Talks New U.D.O. Album 'Steelfactory', Temporary Return Of STEFAN KAUFMANN

United Rock Nations recently conducted an interview with former ACCEPT and current U.D.O. and DIRKSCHNEIDER frontman Udo Dirkschneider. You can now listen to the chat using the SoundCloud widget below. A couple of excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On whether the DIRKSCHNEIDER tour, during which he performed nothing but ACCEPT songs, influenced the musical direction ...

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Video Premiere: U.D.O.'s 'One Heart One Soul'

"One Heart One Soul", the new video from U.D.O., the German metal band led by former ACCEPT frontman Udo Dirkschneider, can be seen below. The song is taken from U.D.O.'s upcoming album, "Steelfactory", which will be released on August 31 via AFM. According to a press release, "Steelfactory" sees "U.D.O. return to their core competence, ...

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U.D.O.: EPK For 'Steelfactory' Album

U.D.O., the German metal band led by former ACCEPT frontman Udo Dirkschneider, will release its new album, "Steelfactory", on August 31 via AFM. The official EPK (Electronic Press Kit) for the disc is available below. According to a press release, "Steelfactory" sees "U.D.O. return to their core competence, clearly influenced by their past shows with ...

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U.D.O. To Release 'Steelfactory' Album In August; First Single 'Rising High' Now Available

U.D.O., the German metal band led by former ACCEPT frontman Udo Dirkschneider, will release its new album, "Steelfactory", on August 31 via AFM. The first single, "Rising High", can be streamed below. According to a press release, "Steelfactory" sees "U.D.O. return to their core competence, clearly influenced by their past shows with DIRKSCHNEIDER, the songs ...

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Watch ACCEPT Perform At Finland's SOUTH PARK Festival

Fan-filmed video footage of ACCEPT's June 9 performance at the South Park festival in Tampere, Finland can be seen below. ACCEPT is continuing to tour in support of its latest album, "The Rise Of Chaos", which was released last August via Nuclear Blast. The cover artwork for the disc was created by the Hungarian artist ...

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UDO DIRKSCHNEIDER Is Tired Of Journalists Discussing Who Plays Classic ACCEPT Songs The Best: 'All Of It Is Really Petty'

Ron Keel (also of KEEL and STEELER fame) of KBACK Radio recently conducted an interview with former ACCEPT frontman Udo Dirkschneider about his current DIRKSCHNEIDER "Back To The Roots" North American tour, where his band is playing ACCEPT songs for the last time. You can listen to the entire chat via the SoundCloud widget below. ...

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Ex-ACCEPT Frontman UDO DIRKSCHNEIDER On Possible Retirement: 'Maybe I Can Do This For Another Ten Years'

Minnesota's "The Five Count" radio show recently conducted an interview with former ACCEPT frontman Udo Dirkschneider about his current DIRKSCHNEIDER "Back To The Roots" North American tour, where his band is playing ACCEPT songs for the last time. You can listen to the entire chat below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On what ...

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Video: DIRKSCHNEIDER Performs In Westland, Michigan

Multi-camera video footage of DIRKSCHNEIDER — the band fronted by former ACCEPT singer Udo Dirkschneider — performing on March 6 at the Token Lounge in Westland, Michigan can be seen below (clip edited and produced by George S Pogacich). Dirkschneider has spent the last two years touring under the DIRKSCHNEIDER banner, performing classic ACCEPT songs ...

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U.D.O. To Release New Album In August

Former ACCEPT singer Udo Dirkschneider was interviewed on the latest episode of the "Talking Metal" podcast. He was joined during the chat by his U.D.O. and DIRKSCHNEIDER bandmates Sven Dirkschneider (drums) and Fitty Wienhold (bass). You can now listen to the interview using the Spreaker widget below. Dirkschneider has spent the last two years touring ...

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MARK TORNILLO Says ACCEPT Has 'Moved On' From UDO DIRKSCHNEIDER Era: 'We're Almost A Different Band At This Point'

ACCEPT frontman Mark Tornillo was recently interviewed by Alison Booth of Metal Shock Finland. The full conversation can be streamed at this location. A few excerpts follow (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET and Metal Shock Finland). On how songs from the group's latest album, "The Rise Of Chaos", are being received live: Mark: "Right ...

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Former ACCEPT Singer DAVID REECE Says Current Frontman MARK TORNILLO Is 'Pulling It Off Well'

Ex-ACCEPT singer David Reece says that "horns were flying" when he went to see his former band perform in Italy last month. The current SAINTED SINNERS vocalist was recruited for ACCEPT's "Eat The Heat" album in 1989 following the departure of Udo Dirkschneider. Reece's higher-pitched delivery was in sharp contrast to Dirkschneider's distinctive style, and ...

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Former ACCEPT Singer DAVID REECE Signs With MIGHTY MUSIC

Former ACCEPT singer David Reece has inked a multiple-album deal with Mighty Music. "I was searching for a record company that would see my vision as a solo artist so I reached out to Mike Tramp [ex-WHITE LION] and he suggested I speak with Michael H. Andersen at Mighty Music," Reece said. "Michael teamed me ...

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Video: DIRKSCHNEIDER Performs ACCEPT Classics In Paris

Fan-filmed video footage of DIRKSCHNEIDER — the band fronted by former ACCEPT singer Udo Dirkschneider — performing on December 13 at La Machine Du Moulin Rouge in Paris, France can be seen below. Dirkschneider has spent the last two years touring under the DIRKSCHNEIDER banner, performing classic ACCEPT songs for the last time. The trek, ...

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Fatal Command - PÄNZER

Schmier's a busy fella these days. Following DESTRUCTION's outstanding Under Attack" from last year, the legendary thrash band is about to uncork another batch of re-recordings from its vault with "Thrash Anthems II". Meanwhile, Schmier's other band, PÄNZER, may be suffering the departure of ACCEPT and VICTORY icon, Herman Frank, but that's not stopping him ...

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