U.D.O.’s next studio album is done and consists of straightforward metal songs
U.D.O. and Dirkschneider frontman Udo Dirkschneider was recently interviewed by Jimmy Kay and Alan Dixon for Canada’s The Metal Voice.
The singer was asked about U.D.O.‘s next studio album to which he stated (as transcribed by The Metal Voice with slight edits): ‘It’s already done. It’s completely done, just little things left. In the end, I can say on the special edition, there will be 16 songs with straightforward metal songs. My son got more involved in the songwriting and the new two guys were also very much involved in writing. End of summer, it is coming out. There is also a lot of stuff we learned from making the orchestra album harmony wise, vocal wise that we put into this album but it’s still heavy.”
Dirkschneider previously announced that he wouldn’t be playing any Accept songs anymore as long as his former band was still going but the singer made an exception for a show in Bulgaria last year that will be released via AFM Records as the live record Live In Bulgaria 2020 – Pandemic Survival Show on March 19, 2021. In terms of whether U.D.O. will be including Accept songs in U.D.O. setlists going forward, Dirkschneider indicated: “In the beginning I said with U.D.O., I won’t play any Accept songs but for this concert (Bulgaria), the promoter was really begging. He said, ‘Is it possible to play Accept songs?’ I said, ‘OK. In the end, we did five songs. We did the classic stuff. It’s the same with the tour in America. The promoter in America said, ‘I heard you don’t play any Accept songs with U.D.O.‘. He said, ‘You can’t do a tour of America and Canada without “Balls To The Wall.” People want to hear that.’ I said, “I have no problem playing “Balls To The Wall” and two other Accept songs.” I can now definitely say on our upcoming US and Canadian tour (2022), we will definitely be playing some Accept songs.”
You can read other excerpts from the interview with Udo Dirkschneider at The Metal Voice‘s website and/or listen to the interview below: