The web site of U.D.O. the German band fronted by former ACCEPT singer Udo Dirkschneider has been updated with the following message:
"U.D.O. has invented on the occasion of the band's 20th anniversary a special thank you to the fans.
"Because of the loyalty of the German fans, U.D.O. will play two special shows in Germany:
April 30 - D-Solingen - Cobra (special club show)
May 03 - D-Tuttlingen - Stadthalle
"There is a special club show in Solingen on April 30th with a very interesting support act: FALLEN FROM FRAME [linkMySpace]. This is the band of Udo Dirkschneider's son Sven Dirkschneider (on drums). This is the first time that father and son will play a show together (after Sven was on stage with U.D.O. for one song in Dsseldorf at the Phillipshalle around X-Mas). After the show, the band will party together with the fans and all merchandise article prices are 50% reduced!!!!
"But there will be an absolute highlight at Tuttlingen's Stadthalle on May 3rd. U.D.O. will play there (without support act) a nearly three-hour set including a special ACCEPT part. And this will be the first time with the 'Mastercutor' personally on stage!!! This is the full service for each banger by all means. Last but not least, the show will be recorded for DVD and live album which will be released this year, too (through ZYX Music).
"If want to immortalize yourself then you have to be there.
"The entrance fee for the show in Tuttlingen are fair 10 euros plus charges. Merchandise is 50% reduced again.
"Tickets for both shows are available here."
Fan-filmed video footage of U.D.O. performing the classic ACCEPT song "Midnight Mover" on December 20, 2007 at the Metropolis Club in Munich, Germany can be viewed below (courtesy of "MartyParty03").
U.D.O. released a "best-of" album, "Metallized - 20 Years of Metal", on November 30 via AFM Records. The CD booklet is filled with photos from the last 20 years and and includes liner notes written by Metal Hammer journalist Andreas Schwe. The first 12 songs on the collection were chosen by fans via the official U.D.O. web site, while tracks 13 to 16 consist of two unreleased songs, an acoustic version of the ACCEPT classic "Balls to the Wall", and a live version of "The Bullet and the Bomb".
U.D.O.'s new album, "Mastercutor", entered the German Media Control chart at position No. 39 the highest German chart position in the band's history.