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U.D.O.
U.D.O. with Musikkorps der Bundeswehr – Wacken Open Air 2015 04.jpg
U.D.O. live in 2015
Background information
Origin Solingen, Germany
Genres Heavy metal
Years active
  • 1987–1992
  • 1996–present
Labels AFM, Breaker, GUN, RCA
Associated acts Accept, Gotthard, Bullet, Edge of Forever
Website www.udo-online.de
Members Udo Dirkschneider
Andrey Smirnov
Sven Dirkschneider
Past members Peter Szigeti
Frank Rittel
Mathias Dieth
Thomas Franke
Wolla Böhm
Dieter Rubach
Andy Susemihl
Thomas Smuszynski
Stefan Schwarzmann
Frank Fricke
Jurgen Graf
Lorenzo Milani
Stefan Kaufmann
Igor Gianola
Francesco Jovino
Kasperi Heikkinen
Bill Hudson
Fitty Wienhold

U.D.O. is a German heavy metal band founded by lead vocalist Udo Dirkschneider in 1987.

History

1987–1992

Following Udo Dirkschneider's departure from Accept in 1987, he formed his own band called U.D.O. He recruited guitarists Mathias Dieth and Peter Szigeti, bassist Frank Rittel and drummer Thomas Franke. They released their debut album titled Animal House on 3 November 1987, which was entirely written by Accept. Rubach, Rittel and Franke would depart the band and guitarist Andy Susemihl, bassist Thomas Smuzyszki and drummer Stefan Schwarzmann would join. In 1988, they recorded the follow-up album Mean Machine, which was released on 10 January 1989. During the course of that time, they would tour with the likes of Guns N' Roses, Lita Ford and Zodiac Mindwarp.

Susemihl left the band, bringing U.D.O. down as a four-piece. The band shifted to a more light approach with the third album Faceless World, which was released on 25 February 1990, achieving great success and being their best selling album so far. It was produced by ex-Accept drummer Stefan Kaufmann. U.D.O.'s fourth album, Timebomb, was released on 3 April 1991, being a more heavier album than their previous releases. In 1992, Dirkschneider would put U.D.O. on hiatus to reunite with Accept.

1996–present

U.D.O. performing live at Norway Rock Festival in 2009

In 1996, Dirkschneider returned to U.D.O., with Stefan Kaufmann, now working guitar duties, guitarist Jürgen Graf and bassist Fitty Wienhold from Bullet hired as new members, and Stefan Schwarzmann returning to the band. They took part in the 1997 compilation album A Tribute to Judas Priest: Legends of Metal, in which they recorded the song "Metal Gods".

On 24 March 1997, U.D.O. released the fifth album Solid. It was featured on the Rock Hard magazine reader charts for more than a year after its release. The album was followed up with No Limits on 20 April 1998, featuring a similar songwriting approach as Solid. The album features a cover of the Austrian pop band Supermax's hit single "Love Machine". After the conclusion of the tour, Stefan Schwarzmann quit the band. New drummmer Lorenzo Milani would replace him.

The seventh album Holy was released on 18 October 1999, receiving critical acclaim. It was a return to the guitar-driven sound similar to the Balls to the Wall-era Accept. A world tour followed with dates in the United States and several other major countries. The band known as Vanize, fronted by Udo Dirkschneider's brother Peter, supported U.D.O. during the tour. Line-up changes soon occurred during the second part of the tour with Gotthard guitarist Igor Gianola replacing Jürgen Graf. The tour spawned the first live album, Live from Russia, a two-disc affair, featuring many of the classic Accept tunes (with the exception of "Balls to the Wall") that have since become staples of U.D.O.'s set.

In 2001, the band recorded their eighth album Man and Machine, which was released on 24 July 2002. It received a somewhat lukewarm response. Despite standout songs like the title track and "Private Eye", the album was ultimately less successful than Holy. It is notable for the song "Dancing with an Angel", featuring a duet performance between Dirkschneider and Warlock vocalist Doro Pesch.[1][2]

From August to December 2003, the band recorded their ninth studio album Thunderball, which was released on 29 March 2004. The follow-up album, Mission No. X, was originally due for release on 4 October 2005, but was pushed ahead by one week and was released on 30 September 2005. It is the first album to feature Edge of Forever drummer Francesco Jovino.[3][4][5]

On 18 May 2007, the eleventh album Mastercutor was released.[6][7] In August 2007, bassist Fitty Weinhold was not able to perform with the band due to "private reasons". He would be temporarily replaced with former Majesty bassist Marcus Bielenberg for touring purposes.[8]

U.D.O.'s twelfth studio album, Dominator, was released on 21 August 2009.[9] The next studio album, Rev-Raptor, was originally due for release on 14 January 2011, but was delayed until 18 March 2011 due to the recurrence of Stefan Kaufmann's back problems.[10][11] It received another delay, and was then released on 20 May 2011.[12]

In September 2012, Kaufmann announced his departure for health reasons. He would continue to work in the surroundings of the band and produce for other bands in his own personal studio.[13] On 15 January 2013, Russian guitarist Andrey Smirnov was recruited as the new member.[14] On 24 January 2013, Igor Gianola left the band "due to conflicts between band appointments and his private life and business." Following his departure, former Amberian Dawn guitarist Kasperi Heikkinen joined the band.[15] The fourteenth album, Steelhammer, was released on 20 May 2013.[16]

In December 2014, drummer Francesco Jovino left the band for personal reasons, joining Primal Fear in 2015.[17][18] He was replaced by Udo Dirkschneider's son, Sven in February 2015.[19] U.D.O. released the fifteenth studio album Decadent on 23 January 2015.[20]

In February 2017, Kasperi Heikkinen announced his departure citing personal reasons. According to the band, no bad blood or drama were involved between the two.[21] In March 2017, guitarist Bill Hudson was announced as the new member.[22] On 24 April 2018, Hudson parted ways with the band "due to a difference in their individual visions for the future", according to Dirkschneider, and added that there was no "negative feelings on either side."[23][24][25][26]

In June 2018, Stefan Kaufmann rejoined the band, but serving only as a temporary replacement for the festival appearances until a new guitarist would be announced.[27] The sixteenth album Steelfactory was announced shortly after, which was released on 31 August 2018. The first single titled "Rising High", was made available for streaming.[28] In September 2018, Fitty Wienhold announced his departure from U.D.O. He stated in a video message saying that he would remain with the band if needed, "as a songwriter, as a friend, as an advisor...whatever."[29]

Dirkschneider (2015-2018)

In 2015, Udo Dirkschneider announced his plans to embark on a special tour in 2016 which he said was his "farewell to Accept", playing Accept songs one last time before he closes the chapter for good. U.D.O. would perform under the name Dirkschneider for the occasion.[30][31] In June 2016, a North American tour was announced for early 2017.[32] A 2-CD live album titled Live - Back to the Roots was released on 28 October 2016.[33]

In a message post on Facebook, Dirkschneider confirmed that he would continue to perform Accept songs for at least another year.[34] After a positive reception during their North American tour in early 2017, Dirkschneider announced a second run of shows in early 2018.[35] The previously released Live - Back to the Roots live album was re-released on 4 August 2017 as Live - Back to the Roots - Accepted!.[36]

During a November 2017 interview with Czech magazine Spark, Dirkschneider said that his side project would no longer continue in 2018 as he did not want to cause confusion between U.D.O. and Dirkschneider.[37]

Discography

Studio albums

Live albums

  • Live from Russia (2001)
  • Nailed to Metal – The Missing Tracks (2003)
  • Mastercutor Alive (2008)
  • Live in Sofia (2011)
  • Steelhammer - Live from Moscow (2014)
  • Live - Back to the Roots (2016) (as Dirkschneider)
  • Live - Back to the Roots - Accepted! (2017) (as Dirkschneider)

Compilation albums

  • Best Of (1999)
  • Metallized - 20 Years of Metal (2007)
  • Best Of & Live (2009)
  • Celebrator (2012)[38]

Singles/EPs

  • They Want War (1988)
  • Heart of Gold (1990)
  • Faceless World (1990)
  • Two Faced Woman (1997)
  • Independence Day (1997)
  • Lovemachine (1998)
  • Dancing with an Angel (2002)
  • 24/7 EP (2005)
  • The Wrong Side of Midnight EP (2007)
  • Infected EP (2009)
  • Leatherhead EP (2011)
  • Steelhammer (2013)
  • Decadent (2014)
  • Rising High (2018)
  • One Heart One Soul (2018)

Music Videos

  • They Want War (1988)
  • Break the Rules (1989)
  • Heart of Gold (1990)
  • Independence Day (1997)
  • Dancing with an Angel (with Doro Pesch) (2002)
  • Thunderball (2004)
  • Blind Eyes (2004)
  • The Arbiter (2004)
  • Trainride in Russia (2004)
  • Mean Streets (2005)
  • The Wrong Side of Midnight (2007)
  • Black and White (2009)
  • Leatherhead (2011)
  • I Give As Good As I Get (2011)
  • Metal Machine (2013)
  • Heavy Rain (2013)
  • Decadent (2014)
  • One Heart One Soul (2018)

DVDs

  • Nailed to Metal - The Complete History (2003)
  • Thundervision (2004)
  • Mastercutor Alive (2008)
  • Live in Sofia (2012)
  • Steelhammer - Live from Moscow (2014)
  • Navy Metal Night (2015)

Band members

Current members

Timeline

See also

References

  1. ^ "U.D.O. Confirm Track Listing For "Man And Machine"!". Blabbermouth.net. Retrieved 21 December 2001. 
  2. ^ "Dirkschneider And Pesch Team Up On U.D.O. CD". Blabbermouth.net. Retrieved 10 January 2002. 
  3. ^ "U.D.O.: New Album Details Revealed, Audio Samples Available". Blabbermouth.net. Retrieved 7 June 2005. 
  4. ^ "U.D.O.: 'Mission No. X' Cover Artwork Posted Online". Blabbermouth.net. Retrieved 20 July 2005. 
  5. ^ "U.D.O.: 'Mission No. X' To Arrive One Week Earlier". Blabbermouth.net. Retrieved 24 September 2005. 
  6. ^ "U.D.O.: 'Mastercutor' Bonus Tracks Detailed; 'The Wrong Side Of Midnight' Video Available". Blabbermouth.net. Retrieved 9 May 2007. 
  7. ^ "UDO DIRKSCHNEIDER Discusses New U.D.O. Album 'Mastercutor'". Blabbermouth.net. Retrieved 16 June 2007. 
  8. ^ "U.D.O. Recruits Temporary Bassist". Blabbermouth.net. Retrieved 4 August 2007. 
  9. ^ "U.D.O.: 'Dominator' Artwork Revealed". Blabbermouth.net. Retrieved 6 July 2009. 
  10. ^ "U.D.O.: New Album Delayed". Blabbermouth.net. Retrieved 14 October 2010. 
  11. ^ "U.D.O.: New Album Pushed Back To May". Blabbermouth.net. Retrieved 22 November 2010. 
  12. ^ "U.D.O.: Complete 'Rev-Raptor' Album Details Revealed". Blabbermouth.net. Retrieved 28 March 2011. 
  13. ^ "GUITARIST STEFAN KAUFMANN LEAVES U.D.O.; BAND SEEK REPLACEMENT". Bravewords.com. Retrieved 12 September 2012. 
  14. ^ "U.D.O. Announces New Guitarist". Blabbermouth.net. Retrieved 15 January 2013. 
  15. ^ "Guitarist Igor Gianola Leaves U.D.O., Replacement Announced". metalunderground.com. Retrieved 24 January 2013. 
  16. ^ "U.D.O.: 'Steelhammer' Track Listing Revealed". Blabbermouth.net. Retrieved 8 March 2013. 
  17. ^ "DRUMMER FRANCESCO JOVINO LEAVES U.D.O.; BAND SEEK REPLACEMENT". Bravewords.com. Retrieved 23 December 2014. 
  18. ^ "Primal Fear - Drummer Aquiles Out, Francesco Jovino In". metalstorm.net. Retrieved 14 June 2015. 
  19. ^ "UDO DIRKSCHNEIDER's Son SVEN Joins U.D.O. As Band's Drummer". Blabbermouth.net. Retrieved 6 February 2015. 
  20. ^ "U.D.O.: 'Decadent' Track Listing Revealed". Blabbermouth.net. Retrieved 14 November 2014. 
  21. ^ "Guitarist KASPERI HEIKKINEN Quits U.D.O. And DIRKSCHNEIDER". Blabbermouth.net. Retrieved 17 February 2017. 
  22. ^ "U.D.O. And DIRKSCHNEIDER Joined By Guitarist BILL HUDSON". Blabbermouth.net. Retrieved 31 March 2017. 
  23. ^ "Guitarist BILL HUDSON Exits U.D.O. And DIRKSCHNEIDER After Only A Year". Blabbermouth.net. Retrieved 24 April 2018. 
  24. ^ "Guitarist BILL HUDSON Sets Record Straight Regarding His Exit From DIRKSCHNEIDER". Blabbermouth.net. Retrieved 14 August 2018. 
  25. ^ "UDO DIRKSCHNEIDER Comments On Recent U.D.O. Lineup Changes: 'I Want To Have Fresh Blood In The Band'". Blabbermouth.net. Retrieved 25 August 2018. 
  26. ^ "U.D.O. – The Tank Drives On". Metal Forces. 
  27. ^ "U.D.O. Rejoined By Guitarist STEFAN KAUFMANN For Summer Festival Appearances". Blabbermouth.net. Retrieved 2 June 2018. 
  28. ^ "U.D.O. To Release 'Steelfactory' Album In August; First Single 'Rising High' Now Available". Blabbermouth.net. Retrieved 15 June 2018. 
  29. ^ "Bassist FITTY WIENHOLD Exits U.D.O. After 22 Years". Blabbermouth.net. Retrieved 19 September 2018. 
  30. ^ "UDO DIRKSCHNEIDER To Embark On Special ACCEPT 'Farewell' Tour In 2016". Blabbermouth.net. Retrieved 1 August 2015. 
  31. ^ "UDO DIRKSCHNEIDER Explains Decision To 'Close The ACCEPT Chapter'". Blabbermouth.net. Retrieved 8 October 2015. 
  32. ^ "UDO DIRKSCHNEIDER Announces North American 'Back To The Roots - Farewell To ACCEPT' Tour". Blabbermouth.net. Retrieved 1 June 2016. 
  33. ^ "DIRKSCHNEIDER To Release 'Live - Back To The Roots' Album In October". Blabbermouth.net. Retrieved 18 August 2016. 
  34. ^ "UDO DIRKSCHNEIDER To Continue Performing ACCEPT Classics For At Least Another Year". Blabbermouth.net. Retrieved 21 March 2017. 
  35. ^ "DIRKSCHNEIDER To Return To North America In Early 2018". Blabbermouth.net. Retrieved 9 June 2017. 
  36. ^ "DIRKSCHNEIDER To Release 'Live - Back To The Roots - Accepted!' In August". Blabbermouth.net. Retrieved 13 June 2017. 
  37. ^ "Former ACCEPT Frontman UDO DIRKSCHNEIDER Doesn't Want To Confuse People By Continuing Namesake 'DIRKSCHNEIDER' Band". Blabbermouth.net. Retrieved 18 November 2017. 
  38. ^ U.D.O. To Release Rare Tracks Album "Celebrator"

External links

  • Official website
  • Interview with Udo Dirkschneider @ Metalpaths.com (2011)
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