BILL HUDSON, who is currently on the extensive “Back to the Roots, Part II” tour in Europe with DIRKSCHNEIDER, has issued his tour update and year end summary, read below. Furthermore, Bill has prepared the first part of the tour documentary, watch below.
[DIRKSCHNEIDER show photos by Thorsten Seiffert from Rock Hard Magazine]
“As the end of this tour approaches, I look back at how busy 2017 has been for me… what a crazy and blessed year! Between DIRKSCHNEIDER and I AM MORBID, I’ve played around 100 shows in over 20 countries!
Back in March I received the offer from Mr. Udo Dirkschneider to join his DIRKSCHNEIDER project and help him bring the classic ACCEPT material to the stage. I flew out to Germany and got in the room with the band within 24 hours of talking to the management. I was immediately incorporated into it and was a part of the songwriting for what would become the new U.D.O album, which is coming out in August 2018.
From then, I “put my death metal boots on” and went back to California to join my friends David Vincent, Tim Yeung and Ira Black for I AM MORBID rehearsals. I also had a chance to do videos for some of my endorsers ESP Guitars, Peavey Amos and Traveler Guitar. Quite a bit of work to be honest….It was a total change in musical approach, but one that makes me happy to know I can do as an artist.
In mid May we flew out to Russia to start the first ever European tour. We played songs that David wrote for the first four MORBID ANGEL records. We did several shows throughout Europe, and parallel to that I did festival dates with DIRKSCHNEIDER. I had to constantly switch gears between the death Metal of MORBID ANGEL and the classic Metal of ACCEPT, but few experiences in my musical career have been that satisfying, especially considering I had just come from the ProgMetal of the TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA (even if I didn’t last years tour, I was involved in rehearsals).
After the summer was done, I went back to the US to work on some of my original music as well as to get some rest… but I was also a guest of U.K. Power Metal band POWER QUEST, on their first ever US show, at the PROGPOWER USA festival so not much rest for me…
On Sep 20 I was back on a plane to Europe in order to get together with DIRKSCHNEIDER again, this time for a 3 month long, 58 date European tour, the one I’m currently on. Back to Russia I went… and this time I saw a lot of it! We went as far east as Vladivostok! Most Russians I know haven’t even been there! Just insane!
And that is where I’m still at… I’m tired, I miss my family, but god damnit am I having the time of my life! The past few years have been exactly how I envisioned my life would be when I was a teenager.
I have also gotten together with some amazing Swedish musicians and we’re starting a new band. MY band for once. Where I write the music and make decisions. This is coming next year but that’s all I can say for now!
Thank you Udo Dirkschneider, David Vincent and Jon Oliva for making all my dreams come true. And thIs is only the tip of the iceberg!”
Please Note, BILL HUDSON is available for studio sessions and guitar clinics. For further information, please contact via email: firstname.lastname@example.org – email@example.com.
Available are also the video footage of the full concerts of DIRKSCHNEIDER and I AM MORBID, watch below.
I Am Morbid – Live In Moscow 2017 (Full concert)
DIRKSCHNEIDER – Live @Yotaspace Club, Moscow 07.10.2017 (Full Show)
Los Angeles-based guitarist/songwriter Bill Hudson (DIRKSCHNEIDER, TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA, I AM MORBID, Circle II Circle, Jon Oliva’s Pain and more) has become a very sought after name in the hard rock world in recent years. Whether he is in Germany headlining the biggest heavy metal festival in the world or in the studio recording guitars for a video game soundtrack, there’s never a dull moment in the life of the Brazilian musician. In the summer of 2015, he made history in Germany, headlining Wacken Open Air, performing in front of 80,000 fans with the TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA. Hudson joined the TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA also for their winter tour in 2015, performing 52 shows in 6 weeks throughout the US and Canada for an average of 15,000 fans a day.
In April 2017, DIRKSCHNEIDER announced Bill Hudson as their new guitarist, currently they are on extensive “Back to the Roots, Part II” tour in Europe, which concludes just before Christmas 2017.
More information at:
BILL HUDSON: http://billhudsonofficial.com