Dirkschneider - 'Live Back To The Roots'

THE BAND:
Udo Dirkschneider – Vocals
Sven Dirkschneider – Drums
Fitty Wienhold – Bass
Andrey Smirnov – Guitar
Kasperi Heikkinen – Guitar


SET LIST:
"Intro"
1.) "Starlight"
2.) "Living For Tonite"
3) "Flash Rockin' Man"
4.) "London Leatherboys"
5.) "Midnight Mover"
6.) "Breaker"
7.) "Head Over Heels"
8.) "Neon Nights"
9.) "Princess Of The Dawn"
10.) "Winterdreams"
11.) "Restless And Wild"
12.) "Son Of A Bitch"
13.) "Up To The Limit"
14.) "Wrong Is Right"
15.) "Midnight Highway"
16.) "Screaming For A Love Bites"
17.) "Monsterman"
18.) "TV War"
19) "Losers And Winners"
20.) "Metal Heart"
21.) "I'm A Rebel"
22.) "Fast As A Shark"
23.) "Balls To The Wall"
24.) "Burning"


BIOGRAPHY:
Udo Dirkschneider Biography:
    Udo Dirkschneider (born 6 April 1952 in Wuppertal, Germany) is a German heavy metal singer who rose to fame with German heavy metal band Accept(see bio below). After leaving Accept in 1987, he formed U.D.O.(see bio below), with whom he has enjoyed commercial success as well.
Accept the Udo Dirkschneider years:
    Accept's beginnings can be traced back to 1968 when Udo Dirkschneider and Michael Wagener formed a local band called Band X, which eventually changed its name to Accept. For many years, Accept went through numerous line-up changes. This instability essentially kept the band on an amateur level, making sporadic appearances in festival concerts. Accept's professional career began in 1976, with Udo Dirkschneider, Wolf Hoffmann, Gerhard Wahl, Dieter Rubach and Frank Friedrich, when they were invited to play at one of the first rock and roll festivals in Germany — Rock am Rhein. Following the festival the band were offered a recording deal. Their first recording was the self-titled Accept album, which did not achieve much commercial success.
    The first stable line-up of Accept was composed of vocalist Udo Dirkschneider, guitarists Wolf Hoffmann and Gerhard Wahl, bassist Peter Baltes and drummer Frank Friedrich. Friedrich and Wahl quit the band after the release of 'Accept' and were replaced by Stefan Kaufmann and Jörg Fischer. This line-up recorded 'I'm a Rebel' in 1980. The title track originally was written for AC/DC and recorded by the band but never released by them.  The album brought some media attention, being invited to make a televised appearance.
    In 1981, their next album, Breaker, was released, and the band employed manager Gaby Hauke. Accept also joined Judas Priest's World Wide Blitz Tour and obtained attention outside of Europe for the first time.
    'Restless and Wild' was released in 1982, although Jörg Fischer quit the band a short time before the recording took place. Jan Koemmet was hired as guitarist, but departed from the band before the recording of the album. 'Restless and Wild' saw an evolution in the band's sound, which incorporated characteristics defining the genre later dubbed speed metal.  Gaby Hauke was credited as "Deaffy" on two of the tracks.
    Accept's next release, 'Balls to the Wall', was released in 1983, now with guitarist Herman Frank (ex-Sinner). The album was more conceptual, and included lyrical themes about politics, sexuality and human relationships. For example, "Balls to the Wall" refers to slaves revolting against oppressing masters, while "Fight It Back" is about social misfits fighting against conformity. All songs were credited to Accept and "Deaffy". Deaffy was manager Gaby Hauke's pseudonym as the band's lyricist, although she did not officially claim ownership until the band had broken up for the second time.
    During a 1983 show in their hometown, the band met Jörg Fischer by chance and on Hauke's insistence, Fischer rejoined the band. A world tour followed through 1984, including the Monsters of Rock festival. By this time, the band was supported by Bad Steve, a band which was led by former Accept members Dieter Rubach, Jan Koemmet and Frank Friedrich.
    'Metal Heart' was released in 1985. Produced by Scorpions producer Dieter Dierks, it presented the band's creative peak. Accept toured the world supporting the album, and documented the live shows with the live mini-album 'Kaizoku-Ban'.
    The follow up, 'Russian Roulette', was released in 1986. In 1987, Udo Dirkschneider decided to embark on a solo career. Supporting this decision, the songwriting team in Accept wrote his entire solo album, released in 1987 as 'Animal House' under the band moniker U.D.O.
    In 1992, the ex-members met with Dirkschneider and decided to relaunch the band with core members Hoffmann, Kaufmann, Dirkschneider and Baltes.
   Their comeback album, 'Objection Overruled', was released in 1993 and was a qualified success in Europe and the USA. A world tour followed, and another album, entitled 'Death Row', was released in 1994. Kaufmann became unable to play once again due to his recurring back injury and Stefan Schwarzmann became the temporary replacement.
    'Predator' was recorded in 1996, in Nashville, with Udo's long time (school) friend and producer Michael Wagener at the helm and with Michael Cartellone (from Damn Yankees) sitting in on drums. Accept's tour supporting 'Predator' took place in North America, South America, Europe and Asia, with their last concert in Tokyo, Japan.
U.D.O.(band) Biography:
   After Udo Dirkschneider left Accept in 1987, a large fan community followed him to U.D.O.
    Starting with the first albums 'Animal House' in 1987 and 'Mean Machine' in 1988 U.D.O. proved to be pure heavy metal without any Trend-Sound influences. Both albums continued where Accept had left off in 1986 with 'Russian Roulette'. Apart from Udo, 'Animal House' was recorded by Peter Szigeti (guitars), Frank Rittel from Warlock on (bass), Mathias Dieth from Sinner and Gravestone (guitars) and Thomas Franke (drums).
    From 1987 - 1989 they toured with the following line-up: Udo Dirkschneider (vocals), Mathias Dieth (guitar), Andy Susemihl (guitar), Dieter Rubach (bass) and Thomas Franke (drums). They toured with Guns N' Roses, Lita Ford and Zodiac Mindwarp.
    By 'Mean Machine' (released in 1988) the band had a different line-up: only Udo, Mathias Dieth and Andy Susemihl remained. New additions were Thomas Smuszynski (bass) and Stefan Schwarzmann (drums).
    U.D.O. achieved success with the album 'Faceless World', produced by ex-Accept drummer Stefan Kaufmann. U.D.O.'s follow-up album was 'Timebomb', and it was their last for five years.
    From 1992-1996 Accept reformed their classic line up, and Dirkschneider put U.D.O. on hiatus to record three albums with his old Accept colleagues. After another break up, Dirkschneider returned to U.D.O., with Stefan Kaufmann (guitar), Jürgen Graf (guitars), Fitty Wienhold (bass) and Stefan Schwarzmann (drums). Udo Dirkschneider and Stefan Kaufmann then recorded tracks for the 'Tribute to Judas Priest' compilation of Judas Priest cover songs, U.D.O. performing the track "Metal Gods".
    1997 saw the band return with 'Solid', the first full-length U.D.O. album to feature the guitar work of Stefan Kaufmann. 'Solid' featured on the Rock Hard magazine reader charts for more than a year after release.
    'Solid' was followed by 'No Limits' in 1998, and featured a similar songwriting approach as the previous year's effort. The album also featured U.D.O.'s first returning lineup since the band's inception ten years prior. The album also featured a cover of the Austrian pop band Supermax's hit single "Love Machine".
    With the release of the critically acclaimed 'Holy' a return to the guitar-driven sound similar to Balls to the Wall-era Accept. A world tour followed with dates in the United States and several other major countries. Lineup changes occurred during the second part of the 1999 tour with Igor Gianola, ex of Gotthard, replacing Jürgen Graf. When the No Limits tour concluded, Schwarzmann quit the band, and on the Holy tour (2000) Lorenzo Milani took his place behind the drum kit. The tour also spawned U.D.O.'s first live album, 'Live from Russia' a two-disc affair which featured many of the classic Accept tunes (with the exception of "Balls to the Wall") that have since become staples of U.D.O.'s set.
    2002's 'Man and Machine' received a somewhat lukewarm response. Despite standout songs like the title track and "Private Eye", the album was ultimately less successful than its predecessor. It is notable for spawning a promo video of "Dancing With An Angel", featuring a duet between Udo and Doro Pesch (of Warlock).
    The next two studio releases – 2004's 'Thunderball' and 2005's 'Mission No. X' – were slightly livelier affairs, with the band's touring of Germany, South America, and Eastern Europe. Sonically, the former shared much in common with Timebomb, while the latter followed 'No Limits'.
    On 12 September 2012, Stefan Kaufmann, longtime guitar player in U.D.O. has left the band for health reasons. The band has begun with the preparations for the forthcoming studio album and is looking for a guitar player with immediate effect. Stefan will continue to work in the surroundings of the band and produce bands in his own ROXX studio. 'Steelhammer' was released on 20 May 2013.
    On 23 December 2014, drummer Francesco Jovino left the band for personal reasons. His replacement was Udo's son, Sven.
    U.D.O. saw the release of the fifteenth studio album entitled 'Decadent' which was released on 23 January 2015.
DISCOGRAPHY:
Accept: (with Udo Dirkschneider on lead vocals)
Studio Releases:
'Accept' (January 16, 1979)
'I'm a Rebel' (June 2, 1980)
'Breaker' (March 16, 1981)
'Restless and Wild' (October 2,1982)
'Balls to the Wall' (December 5, 1983)
'Metal Heart' (March 4, 1985)
'Russian Roulette' (April 21, 1986)
'Eat the Heat' (May 11, 1989)
'Objection Overruled' (February 1, 1993)
'Death Row' (October 1, 1994)
'Predator' (January 15, 1996)
U.D.O.: (Udo Dirkschneider's solo band)
Studio Releases:
'Animal House' (November 3, 1987)
'Mean Machine' (January 10, 1989)
'Faceless World' (February 25th, 1990)
'Timebomb' (April 03, 1991)
'Solid' (March 24, 1997)
'No Limits' (April, 20, 1998)
'Holy' (October 18, 1999)
'Man and Machine' (July 24th, 2002)
'Thunderball' (October 26, 2004)
'Mission No. X' (September 30, 2005)
'Mastercutor' (May 18, 2007)
'Dominator' (August 21, 2009)
'Rev-Raptor' (May 20, 2011)
'Steelhammer' (May 21, 2013)
'Decadent' (January 23, 2015)

    Dirkschneider's 'Live-Back To The Roots' is scheduled to be released world-wide on October 28, 2016 through AFM Records.  'Live - Back To The Roots' was recorded on April 2 at Kaminwerk in Memmingen, Germany.  The CD will be made available as a two-CD digipak and gatefold LP (A gatefold cover or gatefold LP is a form of packaging for LP records which became popular in the mid-1960s. A gatefold cover, when folded, is the same size as a standard LP cover (i.e. a 12½ inch, or 32.7 centimeter, square). You will also be able to buy in it as a three-vinyl LP in four different colors (black, gold, silver and clear).
    For this tour Udo finally closes the chapter on his years with Accept by choosing a setlist consisting of songs he recorded with the band.  The songs Udo picked for the tour covers every Accept album that he recorded except their first album self-titled release.
    It as been years since I have heard some of these songs so if I get something's wrong I apologize in advance.  The concert opens with an intro this intro consisted of a speech over the top of a drum pattern.  The drum pattern was a little loud and the mics did not pick up the speech very well I could just here a few words.  However, I could here Udo mention a couple of times so I can only assume the speech was about him.  The only real difference between the original song "Spotlight" and the version they played the night of this taping was this version consisted of a twin lead guitar solo.  I do not remember there being a twin solo in the original.  After the solo of 'Living For Tonight' there Udo involved the crowd.  I've noticed reviewing a lot of Udo's live CD's and DVD's this is something he does quite often.  Over the coda of the song "Breaker" there was a twin lead guitar solo.  This is something else I do not remember in the original version.  I'm not going to hold these things against Udo, nothing against the members of Accept however this is just a better all-around band.  I believe it was the song "Head Over Heels" that consisted of a bass along with a crown participation over the tip of each other.  Connecting "Head over Heels with "Neon Nights" there was a very short lead guitar solo section.  It sounded as if there was a different intro section for the song "Metal Heart"  however once again it has been years since I have heard many of these songs.  Udo let the crown open the song "Fast As A Shark".  "Balls To The Wall" which, Udo has played as encores for years.  Sounded better this time around than it ever has.  Even counting when it was released in '83.  After the breakdown section the crowd starts singing and the band stops letting the crowd take over.
    Many of these songs Udo probably hasn't played let alone performed live.  You absolutely could  not tell he played this songs live as if they were recorded recently instead of the eighties.  This shows you just how much love not only Udo has for the music he has recorded over the years however, the love for his fans to give them %110 percent of his ability to offer the crowd all of him.  When he performs it is like he not performing for a sold-out crowd but for just you.  I have review five of the six live CD's Udo has release and they are all worth buying and I don't say that much when it comes live release.  If you are a fan of Udo's or his years with Accept than release this release is a must add to you collection!