Frank Suepfle of International Touring and Management GmbH & Co KG, which represents U.D.O. — the German band fronted by ex-ACCEPT singer Udo Dirkschneider — has shot down rumors that ACCEPT will reunite for a possible new album and tour.
Rumblings of a possible ACCEPT reformation were triggered in part by a new online posting by ex-ACCEPT bassist Peter Baltes in which he revealed that he spent this past weekend at his house in Pennsylvania and "shredding away" with his former ACCEPT bandmate Wolf Hoffmann (guitar). "Something amazing is in the works," Baltes wrote. "As soon as I can, I'll let everybody know. Let's make the 'Metal Heart' beat again."
U.D.O. has finished recording the follow-up to 2007's "Mastercutor", entitled "Dominator", for an August 21 release via AFM Records. According to Suepfle, "The songs they recorded fit perfectly to the most succesful days of the accept era and prove again that U.D.O. always kept up the banner of ACCEPT (and, of course, will continue with that in the future)! The video to promote the album will be filmed mid-June and might be shown mid-July at earliest. The song is called 'Black And White' and will show you exactly where the 'Metal Heart' is STILL beating! By the way, it never stopped beating..."
U.D.O. will play some summer festivals in Europe and come back for a long indoor tour in fall/winter 2009. Fans in the U.S., South America and Japan should be prepared for select dates in the spring of 2010.
ACCEPT in 2005 completed a 25th anniversary tour with a touring lineup of original members Udo Dirkschneider (vocals), Wolf Hoffmann and Herman Frank (both on guitar) and Peter Baltes (bass), along with drummer Stefan Schwarzmann.