U.D.O. vocalist Udo Dirkschneider and bassist Fitty Wienhold took part in a press conference earlier today (Wednesday, November 16) at Vitosha Park Hotel in Sofia, Bulgaria. Video footage of the question-and-answer session can now be seen in two parts below (courtesy of Metal Hangar 18).
When asked if he has heard “Blood Of The Nations”, the 2010 comeback album from ACCEPT with the band’s new vocalist, Mark Tornillo, and what his thoughts are on the group’s reunion without him, Udo said, “What can I say? It’s not a bad album. They were also asking me to do the reunion. I didn’t say ‘No,’ but I made some points, you know, if I do this, there were some points to make clear. But then Wolf [Hoffman, ACCEPT guitarist] said ‘No,’ he doesn’t agree. Then I said, ‘OK, fuck you. And then do your own reunion. And so, what can I say?! I wish them good luck. And we will see what they do in the future. . . [It's] interesting [because] they have to play all this old classic [ACCEPT] stuff [while] we can pick out the cherries of the old classic [ACCEPT] stuff [to play live with U.D.O.]. I think we are, in a way, in a better position.”
Tonight’s U.D.O. concert at Hristo Botev Hall in Sofia, Bulgaria will be professionally filmed for the band’s next official live DVD.
As previously reported, U.D.O. has been for confirmed for next year’s edition of the Wacken Open Air festival, set to take place August 2-4, 2012 in Wacken, Germany. The group states, “The show will be recorded for the forthcoming live DVD! Furthermore, there are more surprises currently in the works.”
“Rev-Raptor”, the latest album from U.D.O., was released on May 20 via AFM Records. The effort was recorded between June 2010 and February 2011 at Roxx studios (owned by U.D.O. guitarist and ex-ACCEPT drummer Stefan Kaufmann) in Pulheim, Germany. The CD was mastered by Manfred Melchior at MM Sound Digital studios in Steinhagen, Germany. The album’s cover artwork is once again a comic-like motif: but the “Dominator” character is this time “a lot more effectual and colorful,” according to a press release.
Udo Dirkschneider – Lead Vocals
Stefan Kaufmann – Guitar, Vocals
Igor Gianola – Guitar
Fitty Wienhold – Bass, Vocals
Francesco Jovino – Drums