The ex-Accept vocalist Udo Dirkschneider announced new 2023 tour dates in the United States. The musician will tour with his band U.D.O. across the country next November and December. He is currently promoting his latest album “Touchdown” and his band is currently formed by Andrey Smirnov (Guitar), Sven Dirkschneider, Dee Dammers and Peter Baltes.
The musician said that the group will include a few Accept songs in the setlist.
In an interview with KNAC, Udo talked about including Accept tracks in the setlist: “The promoter said, ‘Yeah, we heard Udo said he never, ever will play any Accept songs.’ Yeah, of course. I mean, when I did the Dirkschneider tour also here in Europe, the whole Dirkschneider thing (lasted) for nearly three years; I mean, it was a never-ending tour. It was nearly 300 shows, and I was really tired. I said, ‘Come on. U.D.O. has also enough songs. I don’t wanna play any Accept songs anymore.’ Okay. (I) was a little bit too quick (to say that).”
“So the promoter in America, he said, ‘Yeah, but when you come on tour, you have to play ‘Balls To The Wall’. You cannot be in America without ‘Balls To The Wall’.’ And then he said, ‘Can we put this in the contract?’ And I said, ‘Don’t worry. We don’t have to put this in the contract. I know that we have to play ‘Balls To The Wall’ in America.”
“Of course.’ And, yeah. So maybe we play one or two Accept songs; I mean, I know which ones are in America famous enough. But we don’t make a mix, like 50 percent of Accept and (50 percent of) U.D.O. Maybe (we will perform) two Accept songs, and then give the people what they want.”
U.D.O’s most recent album “Touchdown” was released last August 25 and has 13 tracks.
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