Udo Dirkschneider explains how Peter Baltes not U.D.O. member despite contributing to new album

Udo Dirkschneider explains how Peter Baltes not U.D.O. member despite contributing to new album

Former Accept frontman Udo Dirkschneider and his son / drummer Sven Dirkschneider were recently interviewed by Jimmy Kay and Alan Dixon for Canada’s The Metal Voice in order to promote U.D.O.‘s new studio album We Are One, which will be released via AFM Records on July 17, 2020.

In terms of ex-Accept bassist Peter Baltes‘ contribution to the new upcoming U.D.O. album, Udo Dirkschneider indicated (with slight edits):

Peter‘s participation was not planned unlike Stefan Kaufmann who’s participation was planned from the beginning on the new album. One day I was in Germany and Stefan told me to do some demos in the studio so I went there but he didn’t tell me Peter Baltes would be there. Peter was there doing some stuff with Stefan at the time. Then we started talking and Peter said he had some ideas to contribute to the new album and if I didn’t mind and I said I don’t mind. I never had a problem with Peter and his ideas. For this project, it was important to have really good stuff and for me it doesn’t matter who is writing the songs. Of course Stefan and Peter‘s ideas are not so far away from my ideas. Peter and Stefan were both very happy to work on this project. When I met him it was like I just saw him yesterday after 15 years.”

Peter Baltes and Udo Dirkschneider played together in Accept from 1976 to 1987, 1992 to 1997 and in 2005.

On whether Baltes is part of the U.D.O. band, Udo Dirkschneider stated: “Peter to be the bass player of U.D.O., no. We were not really talking about this. I heard he is doing a solo album and if he wanted me to sing a song ok but he is not joining the band.” Sven Dirkschneider added: “I mean it would be cool to play with him once but we already have a very strong five piece band.”

You can read other excerpts from the interview with Udo and Sven Dirkschneider at The Metal Voice‘s website and/or listen to the interview below: