U.D.O. (UK & Ireland Only)


Band Details

Longevity, integrity and consistency - these are the hallmarks of "Mr. German Metal" Udo Dirkschneider and his band U.D.O. Since 1987, the group with two former members of Accept - Udo Dirkschneider (vocals) and Stefan Kaufmann (guitar) - have performed with conviction pure first class Heavy Metal.The band do not just embrace the glorious past of their Accept days, but break new ground without denying their roots in the slightest, or getting lost in  confusing experiments. U.D.O. are professionals, something which has become rare these days.

1981 was to become an important year for the young band Accept, led by Udo Dirkschneider. They had their international breakthrough with "Breaker” which was followed by many excellent releases in a short period of time. The albums"Restless and Wild" (1982), "Balls To The Wall" (1983), "Metal Heart" and "Russian Roulette" cemented the bands international reputation.

After this there was a break-up: Figurehead Udo Dirkschneider started a solo career with his own band and got off to an excellent start - the debut "Animal House"  (1987) as well as albums such as "Mean Machine", "Faceless World" and "Time Bomb" helped Dirkschneider to immediately gain respect with his new band, convince the critics and keep the huge fan base.

In 1992, with Dirkschneider back as front man, Accept could once again return to previous success, but by 1997, Udo was back to his solo career, releasing the "Solid" album.

While his former Accept colleagues withdrew completely from the music and the scene in general, it was Dirkschneider and Stefan Kaufmann who continued to bestow the fans with stainless steel from Solingen. Extensive touring was the result of the continuously growing popularity of U.D.O., but it didn’t impair the band in their creativity. The last two studio albums "Mastercutor" (2007) and "Dominator" (2009) impressed with irrepressible freshness, creativity, enthusiasm and liveliness.