Ex-Accept Singer Udo Dirkschneider Says He Will “Never” Work With Guitarist Wolf Hoffmann Again

During a recent appearance on the “Scars And Guitars” podcast, ex-Accept singer Udo Dirkschneider opened up about his relationship with the band’s guitarist Wolf Hoffmann. Dirkschneider had the following to say when asked if he has had any contact with Hoffman:

“Never. And I don’t wanna have any contact with him… I’m really good friends now again with [former ACCEPT bassist] Peter Baltes; he did all the bass guitars on [my new] cover album [‘My Way’], for example. I still have a good relationship with [ex-ACCEPT drummer] Stefan Kaufmann. Over the years, he was the guitar player in U.D.O. [and] he was producing U.D.O. and stuff like that. And the only guy I don’t wanna talk to — let’s say it this way — is Wolf. There’s a lot of reasons why. I wish him all the best. [He’s] a great guitar player anyway, but for me to work with him again — never.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Udo Dirkschneider (Ex-Accept) Premieres Video For Cover Of Queen’s “We Will Rock You”

Udo Dirkschneider (ex-Accept) has shared a new video for his cover of Queen’s “We Will Rock You.” This track is from his new covers album “My Way,” which will be released on April 22. Dirkschneider commented:

“Queen have shown how versatile a band can be. They have always fascinated me and have been one of my very first favorite bands. Queen inspired me musically and I still enjoy listening to all of their records to this day. I liked the live version of ‘We Will Rock You’ most, which is why I used that one for my cover version.”

Foo Fighters, Alice In Chains, The Offspring, Opeth, Kittie, Etc. Releases Set For 2022 Record Store Day

The full list of special releases for this year’s Record Store Day has officially been revealed. The event is scheduled to take place on April 23 and you can find a list of rock/metal releases below. The full list is also available HERE.

Rock/Metal Releases:

  • Alice In Chains – “We Die Young” (12” vinyl)
  • Allman Brothers Band – “Cream Of The Crop 2003 – Highlights” (3XLP)
  • Asia – “XXX” (LP)
  • Bad Company – “Live 1979” (2XLP)
  • Charlie Benante – “Moving Pitchers” (LP)
  • Black Label Society – “Alcohol Fueled Brewtality Live” (2XLP)
  • David Bowie – “Brilliant Adventurist” (CD & Vinyl)
  • David Bowie – “Toy EP” (CD & 10” vinyl)
  • Collective Soul – “Disciplined Breakdown” (LP)
  • Alice Cooper – “Brutal Planet” (2XLP)
  • The Damned – “Strawberries” (LP)
  • Daughtry – “Dearly Beloved” (2XLP)
  • Def Leppard – “High ’N’ Dry” (LP)
  • The Dillinger Escape Plan – “Dissociation” (LP)
  • Dio – “Double Dose Of Donington” (12” vinyl)
  • Udo Dirkschneider – “My Way” (2XLP)
  • The Doors – “L.A. Woman” (4XLP)
  • Foo Fighters – “Making A Fire” (Mark Ronson Re-Version) / “Chasing Birds” (Preservation Hall Jazz Band Re-Version) (7” vinyl)
  • Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – “Magic Secrets 2022” (7” vinyl)
  • GBH – “City Baby Attacked By Rats” (LP)
  • Billy Gibbons – “Hardware” (Deluxe Edition) (CD Box Set)
  • Gojira – “Live at Brixton Academy” (2xLP)
  • L.A. Guns – “Waking the Dead” (LP)
  • Steve Hackett – “The Tokyo Tapes” (3XLP)
  • Kirk Hammett – “Portals” (12” vinyl & CD)
  • Joan Jett & The Blackhearts “Acoustics” (LP)
  • Judas Priest – “Hero Hero” (2XLP)
  • Kittie – “Spit” (LP)
  • Motörhead – “Lost Tapes, Vol. 2” (2XLP)
  • Night Ranger “Somewhere In California” (LP)
  • Night Ranger – “Wasted Time” (7” vinyl)
  • The Offspring – “Greatest Hits” (LP)
  • Opeth – “My Arms, Your Hearse” (2XLP)
  • Pearl Jam – “Live On Two Legs” (2XLP)
  • Pixies – “Live At Coachella 2004” (2XLP)
  • Iggy Pop – “Live In Berlin” (2XLP)
  • Ramones – “The Sire Albums (1981-1989)” (7XLP)
  • Red Hot Chili Peppers – “Unlimited Love” (2XLP)
  • Lou Reed – “I’m So Free – The 1971 Demos” (LP)
  • The Replacements – “Unsuitable For Airplay: The Lost KFAI Concert (Live)” (2XLP)
  • Keith Richards – “Talk Is Cheap – Live At The Hollywood Palladium” (2X Cassette)
  • The Rolling Stones – “More Hot Rocks 50th Anniversary” (2XLP)
  • Gavin Rossdale – “Wanderlust” (2XLP)
  • Sepultura – “Revolusongs” (LP)
  • The Sheila Divine – “Where Have All My Countrymen Gone” (LP)
  • Slash – “Live At Studio 60” (2XLP)
  • Sleep Token – “Sundowning” (LP)
  • Stiff Little Fingers – “BBC Live In Concert” (2XLP)
  • Geoff Tate – “Kings & Thieves” (2XLP)
  • TesseracT – “Polaris” (LP)
  • Pete Townshend – “Face The Face” (2XLP)
  • Twiztid – “I Tried 2 Warn U” (7” vinyl)
  • Gerard Way – “Hesitant Alien” (LP)
  • The Who – “It’s Hard (40th Anniversary)” (2XLP)

Notably, there will also be some UK exclusives including vinyl pressing of Bring Me The Horizon‘s “2004 – 2013 – The Best Of,” Paradise Lost‘s “Gothic Live At Roadburn 2016,” Skunk Anansie‘s “An Acoustic Skunk Anansie – Live In London,“ etc.

[via Loudwire]

Udo Dirkschneider (Ex-Accept) To Release New Covers Album “My Way”

Udo Dirkschneider (ex-Accept) will be releasing a new covers album, titled “My Way,” on April 22. You can find the cover art and track listing for that effort below:

“My Way” Track Listing:

01. “Faith Healer” (Alex Harvey cover)
02. “Fire” (Crazy World Of Arthur Brown cover)
03. “Sympathy” (Uriah Heep cover)
04. “They Call It Nutbush” (Tina Turner cover)
05. “Man On The Silver Mountain” (Rainbow cover)
06. “Hell Raiser” (The Sweet cover)
07. “No Class” (Motörhead cover)
08. “Rock And Roll” (Led Zeppelin cover)
09. “The Stroke” (Billy Squier cover)
10. “Paint It Black” (The Rolling Stones cover)
11. “He’s A Woman, She’s A Man” (Scorpions cover)
12. “T.N.T.” (AC/DC cover)
13. “Jealousy” (Frankie Miller cover)
14. “Hell Bent For Leather” (Judas Priest cover)
15. “We Will Rock You” (Queen cover)
16. “Kein Zurück” (Wolfsheim cover)
17. “My Way” (Frank Sinatra cover)

U.D.O. Sign With Atomic Fire Records

U.D.O., the band featuring ex-Accept frontman Udo Dirkschneider, have signed a new deal with Atomic Fire Records. The group are planning to release a new album through the label to coincide with Dirkschneider’s 70th birthday (April 6).

Dirkschneider commented:

“As a globally active artist, it is very important for me to work with our respective partners in a trusting and highly professional way since large parts of our careers depend directly on their work. But a friendly relationship and fun in day-to-day cooperation are just as important. With my U.D.O. and Dirkschneider bands, I have always paid attention to long-term partnerships, which really did not make the decision to change labels again after nearly 20 years of cooperation with AFM Records easy for me. I would like to specifically thank Jochen Richert and his team once again for the very trusting and personal cooperation over the last two decades! But when the opportunity arose to follow a fresh path with the newly founded Atomic Fire Records label and experience new inspirations, I seized it immediately and won’t let go. The opportunity to work with a nationally and internationally experienced and successful team consisting of friends and years-long companions was too tempting. The team and the concept as well as Atomic Fire Records’ professional setup worldwide has convinced me completely and I look very optimistically and happily toward the future and a cooperation with Markus Wosgien, Markus Staiger and Florian Milz and their team.”

Atomic Fire Records CEO Markus Wosgien added:

“I was nine years old when I listened to a real metal song for the very first time, a live version of ‘Metal Heart’ and it hooked me immediately. On that day, heavy metal became the center of my life. I started spending my whole pocket money for Accept’s records before I also discovered other groups. Accept were the ultimate band and the definition of heavy metal — it just had to sound like this. I was working with U.D.O. in support of their ‘Mastercutor’ album during my time at AFM Records, but I even had the chance of cooperating with Accept for four full-lengths after their reunion in 2009. To welcome Udo Dirkschneider to Atomic Fire Records is a kind of a knightly accolade for us. He’s an icon and an old hand of metal who still has a lot to say. We’re pleased to release an outstanding album around his 70th birthday and can’t wait for all those U.D.O. hits that are yet to come.”

Former Accept Members Peter Baltes & Udo Dirkschneider Guest On Howling Giant’s Cover Of AC/DC’s “Shoot To Thrill”

Ex-Accept members Peter Baltes and Udo Dirkschneider are featured on Howling Giant’s cover of AC/DC’s “Shoot To Thrill.” You can check that out below. The track is from Magnetic Eye Records‘ “Back In Black“ tribute album, which will be released on December 3 alongside another AC/DC tribute album called “Best Of AC/DC [Redux].”

Peter’s son Sebastian Baltes, who handles bass and vocals for Howling Giant, commented:

“I’ve loved ‘Shoot To Thrill’ and AC/DC since the first time I have heard this track at the age of eight. This great classic very much embodies the sound of the Australian giants. Being able to arrange our own version while working with my father and Udo has been a wonderful opportunity that brought things full circle.”

Peter added:

“AC/DC has been the soundtrack to my life. A few years back, we [Accept] were opening for two giant AC/DC shows in Germany, which, to me, was one of the greatest experiences ever.”

[via Rock Hard]

Magnetic Eye Records Reveal Full Track Listings For Upcoming AC/DC Tribute Albums

Magnetic Eye Records have officially revealed the full track listings for their upcoming AC/DC tribute albums. As previously reported, those efforts include a “Back In Black“ tribute album called “Back In Black [Redux]” and another tribute record called “The Best Of AC/DC.”

“Back In Black [Redux]” Track Listing:

01. Red Fang – “Hells Bells”
02. Howling Giant (feat. Udo Dirkschneider) – “Shoot To Thrill”
03. Supersuckers – “What Do You Do For Money Honey”
04. Smoking Lightning – “Givin The Dog A Bone”
05. Heavy Temple (feat. Valient Himself) – “Let Me Put My Love Into You”
06. Besvärjelsen – “Back In Black”
07. Jakethehawk (feat. Patrick Waters) – “You Shook Me All Night Long”
08. Whores (feat. Bill Kelliher) – “Have A Drink On Me”
09. Early Man – “Shake A Leg”
10. Earthride – “Rock And Roll Ain’t Noise Pollution”

“The Best Of AC/DC” Track Listing:

01. Witchskull – “Sin City”
02. Kal-El – “It’s A Long Way To The Top (If You Wanna Rock ‘N Roll)”
03. Bob Balch & Tony Reed – “What’s Next To The Moon”
04. Kryptograf – “Bad Boy Boogie”
05. Blue Heron – “Walk All Over You”
06. Supersuckers – “Overdose”
07. Riff Lord – “For Those About To Rock (We Salute You)”
08. Solace – “Whole Lotta Rosie”
09. Red Mesa – “If You Want Blood”
10. Ghost Ship Ritual – “The Razors Edge”
11. Caustic Casanova – “Dog Eat Dog”
12. Electric Frankenstein – “High Voltage”
13. Domkraft – “Night Prowler”

Magnetic Eye Records’ Jadd Shickler commented:

“Our Redux releases have always been and will always be works of pure love and respect for truly amazing bands and albums, our way of celebrating classics and paying proper homage to the artists who’ve made some of the most meaningful music of our lives. We take the overwhelming response as a sign of trust and support for the dedication that goes into the Redux series, and we’re thankful for the amazing response! Even with the industry-wide delays on vinyl production, we’ll be making our strongest efforts to deliver these albums into everyone’s hands before the end of 2021.”

Pre-orders are available via Kickstarter.

Red Fang, Howling Giant, Etc. To Contribute To Magnetic Eye Records’ Upcoming AC/DC Tribute Albums

Magnetic Eye Records are planning to release two new AC/DC tribute albums. This includes a “Back In Black“ tribute album called “Back In Black Redux” and another tribute record called “The Best Of AC/DC.” Several of the participating artists have been confirmed including: Red Fang, Howling Giant (with ex-Accept members Udo Dirkschneider and Peter Baltes), Supersuckers, Domkraft, Heavy Temple, Early Man, Kal-El, Besvärjelsen, Witch Skull, Smoking Lightning, Blue Heron, Jakethehawk, and Earthride. Pre-orders are available via Kickstarter.

[via The PRP]

Watch Three Former Members Of Accept Reunite In “Where The Angels Fly” Video

Former Accept members Udo Dirkschneider, Peter Baltes, and Stefan Kaufmann have shared a video for their song “Where The Angels Fly.” The track, which also features Sven Dirkschneider and Manuela Markewitz, was recorded in support of frontline workers.