UDO DIRKSCHNEIDER Says He Will Perform ACCEPT Songs With U.D.O. On Upcoming North American Tour

UDO DIRKSCHNEIDER Says He Will Perform ACCEPT Songs With
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Four and a half years ago, former ACCEPT and current
U.D.O. frontman Udo Dirkschneider announced that he
would embark on a special tour during which he would perform
ACCEPT songs one last time under the DIRKSCHNEIDER
banner before closing that chapter for good. Asked in a new
interview with
Talking Metal
if DIRKSCHNEIDER is now officially retired
and whether we will ever see him singing ACCEPT classics
again, Udo responded: “It was planned to come to America
with U.D.O. in November/December. We had a six-week tour
going on in America, but we had to cancel this [due to the
coronavirus pandemic]. But I will tell you the truth.
[Laughs] All the promoters and all the people said, ‘Please,
please, can you please play two or three ACCEPT songs also
with U.D.O.?’ And I said, ‘Yeah.’ I mean, to do a show in
America, a gig in America, without playing ‘Balls To The
Wall’
, it’s nearly impossible. [Laughs] Yeah, it was
their big wish. They said, ‘Please, please, please…’ Maybe only
this song [‘Balls To The Wall’]. This is very important. So
we said, ‘Yeah.’ “Normally in Europe, definitely with
U.D.O., we don’t play any ACCEPT songs,” he
continued. “The good thing is, if we want, we can say, ‘Okay, we
come under DIRKSCHNEIDER again and we play only
ACCEPT songs.'” When he first announced the
DIRKSCHNEIDER tour, Udo said that had “to make a
clear break for myself — close the book and this is it. And I
have the problem that people come to me and ask me to play more
ACCEPT songs,” he explained. “Other people ask me why I play
ACCEPT songs at all, because there are [more than] fifteen
U.D.O. records. I want to avoid such things and avoid the
repeating questions concerning ACCEPT. I just can’t stand
that anymore. There is nothing more to be said. U.D.O.
exists longer than ACCEPT. We have more records than
ACCEPT.” While acknowledging that some ACCEPT fans
want to hear the band’s classic songs performed by the group’s
original singer, Dirkschneider explained that “you always
have these comparisons [between how these songs are played by
ACCEPT and U.D.O.]. I don’t want this anymore either.
[The current lineup of ACCEPT] also play ‘Metal
Heart’
, they play ‘Balls To The Wall’ and ‘Princess
Of The Dawn’
. And then some people tell me, ‘Oh, [current
ACCEPT singer Mark Tornillo] is doing it better than
you.’ And I go, ‘That’s fine. Enjoy yourself.’ But I don’t want
this anymore. And to avoid all of this in the future, I said, ‘We
are doing this one more time.'” Dirkschneider said that his
vow to never play ACCEPT material again came with one
caveat. “If the band ACCEPT dissolves one day in the near
future and I am still around with U.D.O., then there is a
chance that I put ACCEPT songs back in the setlist,” he
said. “But currently there is ACCEPT, so go see them [if you
want to see those songs performed live]. They are playing these
songs.” Udo previously said the original plan was for
DIRKSCHNEIDER to only “a few shows,” and “then [the tour] got bigger and bigger [due to demand].” But, he added, “I don’t
want to complain about that.” Back in 2018, ACCEPT guitarist
Wolf Hoffmann declined to comment on Dirkschneider‘s
decision to embark on one final tour during which the singer would
perform nothing but ACCEPT songs. “I have lots of thoughts
about that, but I’m not gonna share ’em with you,” he told
SiriusXM‘s “Trunk Nation With Eddie Trunk”. “I’d
rather not comment on that, because that seems so much ‘back and
forth,’ and I think I should stay away from it… You can draw your
own conclusions all day long, but I’m not gonna get into it; it’s
just not worth it. “I get asked [about Udo] so many times,
and, man, it’s been so many years — it’s such an old story by
now,” Wolf continued. “We’ve moved on way past that, and
we’ve had 10 brilliant years [with Mark Tornillo], we’re
making cool albums; I think we’re doing fine. So I don’t spend any
time thinking about it. “I’m very proud of the history we have
together and all that, but I’m just not gonna get into the current
‘he said, she said’ whatever — it’s not worth it,”
Hoffmann concluded.

Four and a half years ago, former ACCEPT and current
U.D.O. frontman Udo Dirkschneider announced that he
would embark on a special tour during which he would perform
ACCEPT songs one last time under the DIRKSCHNEIDER
banner before closing that chapter for good. Asked in a new
interview with
Talking Metal if DIRKSCHNEIDER is now officially retired
and whether we will ever see him singing ACCEPT classics
again, Udo responded: “It was planned to come to America
with U.D.O. in November/December. We had a six-week tour
going on in America, but we had to cancel this [due to the
coronavirus pandemic]. But I will tell you the truth.
[Laughs] All the promoters and all the people said, ‘Please,
please, can you please play two or three ACCEPT songs also
with U.D.O.?’ And I said, ‘Yeah.’ I mean, to do a show in
America, a gig in America, without playing ‘Balls To The
Wall’, it’s nearly impossible. [Laughs] Yeah, it was
their big wish. They said, ‘Please, please, please…’ Maybe only
this song [‘Balls To The Wall’]. This is very important. So
we said, ‘Yeah.’ “Normally in Europe, definitely with
U.D.O., we don’t play any ACCEPT songs,” he
continued. “The good thing is, if we want, we can say, ‘Okay, we
come under DIRKSCHNEIDER again and we play only
ACCEPT songs.'” When he first announced the
DIRKSCHNEIDER tour, Udo said that had “to make a
clear break for myself — close the book and this is it. And I
have the problem that people come to me and ask me to play more
ACCEPT songs,” he explained. “Other people ask me why I play
ACCEPT songs at all, because there are [more than] fifteen
U.D.O. records. I want to avoid such things and avoid the
repeating questions concerning ACCEPT. I just can’t stand
that anymore. There is nothing more to be said. U.D.O.
exists longer than ACCEPT. We have more records than
ACCEPT.” While acknowledging that some ACCEPT fans
want to hear the band’s classic songs performed by the group’s
original singer, Dirkschneider explained that “you always
have these comparisons [between how these songs are played by
ACCEPT and U.D.O.]. I don’t want this anymore either.
[The current lineup of ACCEPT] also play ‘Metal
Heart’, they play ‘Balls To The Wall’ and ‘Princess
Of The Dawn’. And then some people tell me, ‘Oh, [current
ACCEPT singer Mark Tornillo] is doing it better than
you.’ And I go, ‘That’s fine. Enjoy yourself.’ But I don’t want
this anymore. And to avoid all of this in the future, I said, ‘We
are doing this one more time.'” Dirkschneider said that his
vow to never play ACCEPT material again came with one
caveat. “If the band ACCEPT dissolves one day in the near
future and I am still around with U.D.O., then there is a
chance that I put ACCEPT songs back in the setlist,” he
said. “But currently there is ACCEPT, so go see them [if you
want to see those songs performed live]. They are playing these
songs.” Udo previously said the original plan was for
DIRKSCHNEIDER to only “a few shows,” and “then [the tour] got bigger and bigger [due to demand].” But, he added, “I don’t
want to complain about that.” Back in 2018, ACCEPT guitarist
Wolf Hoffmann declined to comment on Dirkschneider’s
decision to embark on one final tour during which the singer would
perform nothing but ACCEPT songs. “I have lots of thoughts
about that, but I’m not gonna share ’em with you,” he told
SiriusXM’s “Trunk Nation With Eddie Trunk”. “I’d
rather not comment on that, because that seems so much ‘back and
forth,’ and I think I should stay away from it… You can draw your
own conclusions all day long, but I’m not gonna get into it; it’s
just not worth it. “I get asked [about Udo] so many times,
and, man, it’s been so many years — it’s such an old story by
now,” Wolf continued. “We’ve moved on way past that, and
we’ve had 10 brilliant years [with Mark Tornillo], we’re
making cool albums; I think we’re doing fine. So I don’t spend any
time thinking about it. “I’m very proud of the history we have
together and all that, but I’m just not gonna get into the current
‘he said, she said’ whatever — it’s not worth it,”
Hoffmann concluded.

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