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 supposed to conclude with the band’s North American run in January/February 2017, has now been extended through the fall of 2018.
In a recent interview with the “Talking Metal” podcast, Udo offered an update on U.D.O., which released its last studio LP, “Decadent”, in 2015. He said: “We just finished recording for a new album. We just started mixing. And the album is coming out at the end of August in Europe, I think maybe in September in the U.S. And then we stop [touring] with DIRKSCHNEIDER the middle of October is the last show. And then after the last show with DIRKSCHNEIDER, we start rehearsing for a U.D.O. tour, and then we start touring in November, I think, in Russia — we start touring with U.D.O.”
In addition to Udo, the DIRKSCHNEIDER and U.D.O. bands include Sven Dirkschneider on drums, Fitty Wienhold on bass, and Andrey Smirnov and Bill Hudson on guitar.
DIRKSCHNEIDER released “Live – Back To The Roots – Accepted!” last August as a DVD/2CD, Blu-ray/2CD and gatefold triple vinyl in two different colors.
After putting out the live double CD in 2016, fans were asking for a visual output, so finally, in December 2016, the show in Brno, Czech Republic was recorded for that purpose. Besides many classics from Dirkscheider‘s ACCEPT era, there’s a cover version of Frank Sinatra‘s “My Way” as a bonus track on the CD and vinyl.