Good news - Udo stays in U.D.O.
Written by David, February 2006
to Sweden Rock Magazine #33, Udo Dirkschneider has refused an extended
reunion with Accept. He will not make another record with the band, but
the others have his blessings to work with another singer if they like.
Accept is perhaps the band closest to my heart, still I think this is
good news. U.D.O. of today have much more potential to do well than Accept
would have. In U.D.O. the still vital legends Udo and Stefan Kaufmann
work with young and hungry guys. In their best moments they create just
as great metal together as in the old Accept days. It may be hard for
any new compositions to achieve the same status as the old classics, but
that is another matter. That would not happen for any new Accept songs
either. They kick ass live and simply seem to have really fun together.
t was a great experience
when I, for the first time, saw my old heroes in Accept live this summer,
no doubt. But it didn't make me want more, at all. It was supposed to
be a once in a lifetime thing, and that was totally okay with me. It was
almost a comfort to know that U.D.O. should continue as usual after this
'reunion tour'. Sure the old Accept fellows seemed to have fun on stage
as well. And they did a great show. But there was something missing. Something
that is hard to put your finger on: Chemistry? Hungriness? Metal heart?
Wolf Hoffmann especially has been away from metal for a long time. He
is still a wonderful guitarist, but according to Udo he didn't come up
with any new song ideas. Of course Wolf got a taste for the stage light
this summer, but how long will it last this time? How would the band handle
the old musical differences? What turn would a 'new' Accept-record take:
softer, more modern or extremely retro? With U.D.O. you knot exactly what
to expect. Their sound is solid since many years, just because the members
have the same visions about metal.
e have seen other
bands reunite permanent. Most of them quite successful actually. But if
you try to look at it objectively, Halford was more exciting as a band
than today's Judas Priest. If you look through the legend status and the
hype about it all, and just look at what is actually happening on stage
(and record), that is. I prefer Bruce Dickinson solo, before Iron Maiden.
Dee Snider's SMF got a lot more positive criticism headlining Sweden Rock
Festival than Twisted Sister got a couple of years later. Michael Sweet
did the close to full point solo album Truth, while Stryper's comeback
Reborn was quite average. My point is that, although I like to see the
old favorites play together now and then, in the longer run I think I
prefer if they continue in lineups where they are fully comfortable. That
way they have the freedom to create something new rather than to live
on their old nostalgic merits.
he worst catastrophe
that could happen in the metal world would be if Helloween reunited with
Kai Hansen and Michael Kiske. We would lose two great bands (Gamma Ray
and today's Helloween) and their whole respective catalogues. We would
also lose one of the best and most distinct singers of the metal world
today, Andi Deris. Instead we would get an even grumpier Michael Weikath
and his - 'we're only doing this for the money and publicity' - friends
doing a half hearted show based on two quite overrated records. Fun once,
David - February 2006