Dirkscneider – ‘Back To The Roots - Accepted’

 


THE BAND:
Udo Dirkschneider - lead vocals
Fitty Wienhold – bass, backing vocals
Andrey Smirnov – guitars
Kasperi Heikkinen – guitars
Sven Dirkschneider –drums



TRACK LISTING:
Disc I:
1.) Intro
2.) “Starlight”
3.) “Living For Midnite”
4.) “lash Rockin’ Man”
5.) “London Leather Boys”
6.) “Midnight Mover”
7.) “Breaker”
8.) “Head Over Heels”
9.) “Neon Nights”
10.) “Princess Of Dawn”
11.) “Winter Dreams”
12.) “Up To The Limit”
13.) “Son Of A Bitch”
14.) “Up To The Limit”

Disc II:
1.) “Wong Is Right”
2.) “Midnight Highway”
3.) “Screaming For A Love-Bite”
4.) “Momsterman”
5.) “T.V. War”
6.) “Losers And Winners”
7.) “Metal Heart”
8.) “I’m A Rebel”
9.) “Fast As A Shark”
10.) “Balls To The Wall”
11.) “Burning”
12.) Outro “I Give As Good As I Get”
13,) “My Way” bonus
Disc III:
1.) Intro
2.) “Starlight”
3.) “Living For Midnite”
4.) “lash Rockin’ Man”
5.) “London Leather Boys”
6.) “Midnight Mover”
7.) “Breaker”
8.) “Head Over Heels”
9.) “Neon Nights”
10.) “Princess Of Dawn”
11.) “Winter Dreams”
12.) “Up To The Limit”
13.) “Son Of A Bitch”
14.) “Up To The Limit”
15.) “Wong Is Right”
16.) “Midnight Highway”
17.) “Screaming For A Love-Bite”
18.) “Momsterman”
19.) “T.V. War”
20.) “Losers And Winners”
21.) “Metal Heart”
22.) “I’m A Rebel”
23.) “Fast As A Shark”
24.) “Balls To The Wall”
25.) “Burning”
26.) Outro “I Give As Good As I Get”


    Udo Dirkschneider (born 6 April 1952) is a German heavy metal singer who rose to fame with German heavy metal band Accept. After leaving Accept in 1987, he formed U.D.O., with whom he has enjoyed commercial success as well
Accept is a German heavy metal band from the town of Solingen, originally assembled by former vocalist Udo Dirkschneider, guitarist Wolf Hoffmann and bassist Peter Baltes. Their beginnings can be traced back to the late 1960s. The band played an important role in the development of speed and thrash metal, being part of the German heavy metal scene, which emerged in the early to mid-1980s. Accept achieved commercial success with their fifth studio album ‘Balls to the Wall’ (1983), which is the band's only album to be certified gold in the United States and Canada, and spawned their well-known hit "Balls to the Wall".
After Udo Dirkschneider left Accept in 1987, a large fan community followed him to U.D.O.
Starting with the first two 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 U.D.O., ‘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 to 1989, they toured with the following line-up: Dirkschneider (lead vocals), Mathias Dieth (guitars), Andy Susemihl (guitars), Dieter Rubach (bass) and Thomas Franke (drums). They toured with Guns N' Roses, Lita Ford and Zodiac Mindwarp.
By ‘Mean Machine’, the band had a different line-up; only Dirkschneider, Dieth, and Susemihl remained. New additions were Thomas Smuszynski (bass) and Stefan Schwarzmann (drums).
    U.D.O. achieved success with the 1990 album ‘Faceless World’, produced by ex-Accept drummer Stefan Kaufmann. U.D.O.'s follow-up album was ‘Timebomb’ in 1991 which was their last for seven years.
From 1992 to 1996, Accept reformed their classic line up and Dirkschneider put U.D.O. on hiatus to record three albums with his old bandmates. 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, performing the track "Metal Gods".
1997 saw the release of Solid, the first full-length U.D.O. album to feature the guitar work of Stefan Kaufmann. It was featured on the Rock Hard magazine reader charts for more than a year after its release.
The album was followed up with ‘No Limits’ in 1998 and featured a similar songwriting approach as the previous year's effort. It 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".
    In 1999, the band released the critically acclaimed ‘Holy’, which was a return to the guitar-driven sound similar to the 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 tour with Igor Gianola of Gotthard, replaced Jürgen Graf. When the No Limits tour concluded, Stefan Schwarzmann quit the band. On the 2000 leg of the Holy tour, Lorenzo Milani was the new drummer. The tour also spawned U.D.O.'s first live album, ‘Live from Russia’, a two-disc CD 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’.
It was with 2007's ‘Mastercutor’ that saw U.D.O. return to form. The album was the most financially successful in years and received universally high marks from musical critics and metal fans alike. Udo's appearance on Finnish metal band Lordi's 2006 album, ‘The Arockalypse’, exposed U.D.O. to a wider audience.

    U.D.O.'s twelfth studio album, ‘Dominator’, was released on 21 August 2009.  U.D.O.'s next studio album, ‘Rev-Raptor’ was released on 20 May 2011.
In September 2012, Stefan Kaufmann left the band for health reasons.  He continues to work in the surroundings of the band and produces for other bands in his own ROXX studio. In early January 2013, Russian guitarist Andrey Smirnov was recruited as the new member.  A week later, Igor Gianola left the band "due to conflicts between band appointments and his private life and business." Following his departure, former Amberian Dawn guitarist Kasperi Heikkinen joined the band.   The next album, ‘Steelhammer’, was released on 20 May.[6]
In late December 2014, Francesco Jovino left the band for personal reasons, joining Primal Fear in 2015.  He was replaced by Udo Dirkschneider's son, Sven. U.D.O. released the fifteenth studio album ‘Decadent’ on 23 January 2015.
In February 2017, Kasperi Heikkinen announced his departure citing personal reasons. According to the band, no bad blood or drama were involved between the two.[11] In March, Bill Hudson was announced as the new member.
In 2015, Udo Dirkschneider announced his plans to embark on a special tour in 2016 which he said was his "farewell to Accept", playing Accept songs one last time before he closes the chapter for good. In June 2016, a North American tour was announced for early 2017. A 2-CD live album titled Live – ‘Back to the Roots’ was released on 28 October 2016.
In a message post on Facebook, Udo Dirkschneider explained that he would continue to perform Accept songs for at least another year. After a positive reception during their North American tour in early 2017, Dirkschneider announced a second run of shows in early 2018.  The previously released Live – ‘Back to the Roots’ live album was re-released on 4 August as Live – ‘Back to the Roots - Accepted!’.
   Dirkschneider's son, Sven, currently plays in the band .Damaged, who supported U.D.O. on a date in Germany in November 2011. In 2015, he became a permanent member of his father's band.
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    Filmed on December 9th, 2016 at Hala Vodova in Brno/CZ.  The venue itself looms no bigger than a high school gymnasium.  The setlist are all songs handpicked from Udo’s years with Accept and will be the last time you will hear these songs live.  Honestly watching this DVD I could not tell you who enjoyed it more the band or the fans.  Udo states, “It's still to much fun to sing these songs live. they are part of my biography, but nevertheless it's about time to turn the page.  There was so much talking and speculation about me and ACCEPT, so this kind of a of a musical statement from my end-which seems to be very interesting for the fans who came to these shows".  Though, as any longtime Accept/Udo years would hate to never hear Udo perform these classic songs again.  However, from personal experience I can see where he is coming from in more ways than one.
For me and this is not a knock against ACCEPT because I got the chance to see them in ’83.  However, Fitty, Andrey, Kasperi and Sven play these songs better than Accept did in ’83.  The band members drill every song note for note.  The songs are so well performed that if you was a new fan you could never guess they did not write these songs or for that matter that some of the songs were written in the late seventies.  I honestly wish I could say one bad thing about this release however I can’t.  YOU ABSOULUTLY ARE NOT A METAL FAN UNLESS YOU HAVE THIS WITHIN YOUR COLLECTION!!!!!!