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UDO DIRKSCHNEIDER Doesn't Believe OZZY OSBOURNE Will Ever Perform Live Again: 'I Think This Is Over'

During a new appearance on the "That Metal Interview" podcast, former ACCEPT and current U.D.O. frontman Udo Dirkschneider was asked if he thinks Ozzy Osbourne will ever be well enough to be able to perform live again following his recent health issues. Udo responded (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH....
August 27, 2023
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Touchdown

Good old Udo Dirkschneider. 44 years since the release of the first ACCEPT album, the German legend is still bashing away on the metal frontlines. "Touchdown" is the 18th album under the U.D.O. banner and, notably, the first to feature ex-ACCEPT bassist Peter Baltes. The likelihood that this will be...
August 22, 2023
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U.D.O. To Launch North American Tour In November 2023

In a new interview with George Dionne of KNAC.COM, former ACCEPT and current U.D.O./ DIRKSCHNEIDER frontman Udo Dirkschneider was asked if there is any chance that his fans in America will get to see him perform this year. Udo, who turned 71 in April, responded (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET):...
August 17, 2023
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Members Of EVANESCENCE, ALICE COOPER And GRANNY 4 BARREL Join Forces In KILLINGTON PIT

Members of EVANESCENCE, ALICE COOPER and GRANNY 4 BARREL have joined forces in a new band called KILLINGTON PIT. Born from the pandemic, this unique and unexpected collaboration features the theatrical GRANNY 4 BARREL singer Terry LeRoi, ALICE COOPER bassist Chuck Garric, and a pair of EVANESCENCE m...
August 17, 2023
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UDO DIRKSCHNEIDER Still Doesn't Warm Up His Voice Before Hitting The Stage: 'I Never, Ever Did This'

In a recent interview with Finland's Chaoszine, former ACCEPT and current U.D.O. frontman Udo Dirkschneider spoke about the evolution of his singing voice. The 71-year-old German-born vocalist said (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): "The [first] real proper European tour we did in — before we did...
August 16, 2023
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ACCEPT Resumes Work On Next Studio Album: 'Most Of The Lyrics Are Now Written'

German/American heavy metal legends ACCEPT are back in a Nashville, Tennessee-area studio working on their next album. Earlier today (Friday, August 11),the band shared a photo of guitarist Wolf Hoffmann in the studio and included the following message: "We back at our permanent studio and it's Mar...
August 11, 2023
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UDO DIRKSCHNEIDER On Increased Cost Of Post-Pandemic Touring: 'Prices Are Exploding At The Moment'

In a new interview with Chris Akin Presents, former ACCEPT and current U.D.O. frontman Udo Dirkschneider spoke about the realities of post-pandemic touring, including increased travel expenses — gas, tour buses, hotels and flight costs. Udo said (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): "It's not so eas...
August 8, 2023
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MR. BIG's New Touring Drummer NICK D'VIRGILIO Shares Behind-The-Scenes Video From Summer 2023 Concerts In Japan

MR. BIG's new touring drummer Nick D'Virgilio has shared behind-the-scenes footage from the band's recent shows in Japan. Check out the 31-minute clip below. In a message accompanying the YouTube release of the video, Nick wrote: "Sorry, it took so long to get Tour Vlog 2 done. There is always a lot...
August 7, 2023
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QUEENSRŸCHE Singer And Longtime Smoker TODD LA TORRE Hasn't Had A Cigarette In Over Seven Months

QUEENSRŸCHE singer Todd La Torre, who had been a cigarette smoker for three decades, says that he hasn't had a cigarette in more than seven months. The 49-year-old musician, who lives in St. Petersburg, Florida, opened up about his attempt to kick his habit in a new interview with Mark Sugiyama of E...
August 4, 2023
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Watch: DORO Joined By Members Of MOTÖRHEAD, ANTHRAX, U.D.O. And BLIND GUARDIAN During WACKEN OPEN AIR Set

German metal queen Doro Pesch was joined by a number of guests — including Udo Dirkschneider (ACCEPT, U.D.O.),Uli Jon Roth (SCORPIONS),Joey Belladonna (ANTHRAX),Mikkey Dee and Phil Campbell (MOTÖRHEAD) and Hansi Kürsch (BLIND GUARDIAN) — during her August 2 performance at the Wacken Open Air fest...
August 3, 2023
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U.D.O. Shares Music Video For 'Touchdown' Title Track

U.D.O. — the heavy metal five-piece led by former ACCEPT vocalist Udo Dirkschneider — will release a new album, "Touchdown", on August 25 through Atomic Fire Records. The 13-track LP was recorded at various locations with producer Martin "Mattes" Pfeiffer and was mixed at Redhead Studio (Wilhelmshav...
July 27, 2023
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IRON ALLIES Feat. Former ACCEPT Members HERMAN FRANK And DAVID REECE: 'Fear No Evil' Music Video

IRON ALLIES, the new band featuring former ACCEPT members Herman Frank and David Reece, has released the official music video for the song "Fear No Evil". The track is taken from IRON ALLIES' debut album, "Blood In Blood Out", which arrived last October via AFM Records. Frank commented: "This record...
July 13, 2023
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MARK TORNILLO: How I Ended Up Singing For IRON MAIDEN At Club Show Four Decades Ago

On a recent episode of the "Talk Louder" podcast, hosted by veteran music journalist "Metal Dave" Glessner and lifelong hard rock/metal vocalist Jason McMaster (DANGEROUS TOYS),ACCEPT's Mark Tornillo reflected on the experience of fronting IRON MAIDEN at an impromptu performance at a New York club...
July 12, 2023
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UDO DIRKSCHNEIDER Says His Singing Range 'Got Wider' Over Time

During a May 19 press conference for U.D.O.'s upcoming album, "Touchdown", in Hamburg, Germany, former ACCEPT and current U.D.O. frontman Udo Dirkschneider spoke about the evolution of his singing voice. He said (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): "For me, the most important thing is that you are...
July 1, 2023
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ACCEPT Is Demoing 'A Solid Dozen Amazing' New Songs For Band's Next Studio Album

After successfully touring "Too Mean To Die" to ecstatic crowds in Europe, Latin America, Canada, and the United States, German/American heavy metal legends ACCEPT are back in the studio working on their next album. ACCEPT bassist Martin Motnik states: "We're currently recording demo versions of the...
June 29, 2023