The band fronted by Accept former and current U.D.O. singer Udo Dirkschneider will release “Live – Back To The Roots – Accepted!” on the 4th of August through AFM Records.
After putting out the live double CD last year, fans were asking for a visual output, so finally, in December 2016, the show in Brno, Czech Republic was recorded for that purpose. Besides many classics from Dirkscheider’s Accept era, there’s a cover version of Frank Sinatra’s “My Way” as a bonus track on the CD and vinyl.
Dirkschneider spent the last year and a half touring under Dirkschneider banner, performing classic Accept songs for the last time. The trek, which was originally supposed to conclude with the band’s North American run in January/February, has now been extended through early 2018.
In a message on Dirkschneider Facebook page, Udo explained his decision to continue touring as Dirkschneider, saying:
Originally it was our plan to go back to touring with U.D.O. in 2017. But we have received an incredible number of emails and letters from fans begging us to continue with Dirkschneider, and as there are still so many (Accept) songs left to be sung, we have decided to bow to your demands!
During the last tours with Dirkschneider, the audience had a lot of fun, and we as a band also had the time of our lives on stage. In fact, a whole lot of people in countries all over the world have been knocked out by these shows. Just check out all the media (especially from the U.S., where we have just finished a five-week tour) and you will read the caption ‘tour of the year’ multiple times…
We are thrilled by the idea of continuing and we are really looking forward to seeing you all again live on tour!
Oh, we nearly forgot to tell you about possibly the most important point of all: From October 2017 on, Dirkschneider will tour with an almost completely NEW setlist. Of course, it will still contain only Accept hits, but this time with many different songs compared to the last tours.
Dirkschneider released a live album called “Live – Back To The Roots” in October via AFM Records. The effort, which was recorded on April 2, 2016 at Kaminwerk in Memmingen, Germany, was made available as two-CD digipak and gatefold three-vinyl in four different colors (black, gold, silver and clear).
In addition to Udo, Dirkschneider band on the recent tours included his son Sven Dirkschneider on drums, Fitty Wienhold on bass, Andrey Smirnov on guitar and Kasperi Heikkinen on guitar. Kasperi has since left the group and was replaced by Bill Hudson.
Dirkschneider – Live – Back To The Roots – Accepted!
3. Living For Tonite
4. Flash Rockin‘ Man
5. London Leatherboys
6. Midnight Mover
8. Head Over Heels
9. Neon Night
10. Princess Of The Dawn
11. Winter Dreams
12. Restless And Wild
13. Son Of A Bitch
14. Up To The Limit
15. Wrong Is Right
16. Midnight Highway
17. Screaming For A Love-Bite
19. T.V. War
20. Losers And Winners
21. Metal Heart
22. I’m A Rebel
23. Fast As A Shark
24. Balls To The Wall
27. My Way