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U.D.O.

Formed: 1987
From: Wuppertal, Germany
Last Known Status: Active

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Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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U.D.O. Will Not Play In Belarus

U.D.O. — the German band led by former ACCEPT frontman Udo Dirkschneider — has issued the following update:

"For the beginning of December, there were 2 or 3 shows in Belarus announced and there are seemingly tickets on sale. We want to inform the fans that U.D.O. has NEVER confirmed these shows and as a result will NOT play there. The local promoter in Belarus has asked for the dates and they were reserved by the management but he has neither closed a deal nor payed the necessary advance payment. He was not allowed to sell tickets in pre-sale as long as we didn't confirm the shows.
"DON'T BUY any tickets, please!!! If you already bought tickets then refund them immediately and reclaim your money."

According to a posting on U.D.O.'s web site, fans who attend the German group's concerts will now have achance to purchase a recording of each show immediately following the completion of the gig on a 1 GB USB stick with a U.D.O. logo printed on it.

U.D.O. will release its "best-of" album, "Metallized - 20 Years of Metal", on November 30 via AFM Records. The CD booklet will be filled with photos from the last 20 years and and will include liner notes written by Metal Hammer journalist Andreas Schöwe. The first 12 songs on the collection were chosen by fans via the official U.D.O. web site, while tracks 13 to 16 will consist of two unreleased songs, an acoustic version of the ACCEPT classic "Balls to the Wall", and a live version of "The Bullet and the Bomb".

U.D.O.'s new album, "Mastercutor", entered the German Media Control chart at position No. 39 — the highest German chart position in the band's history.

"Mastercutor" was released on May 18 via AFM Records. Several extra songs were recorded for the CD, with different territories getting their own bonus cuts. The Japanese edition of the CD comes with the track "Man a King Ruler", the Russian album includes "Platchet Soldat", and both feature the song "Streets of Sin". The European limited-edition version of "Mastercutor" includes the songs "Borderline" and "Screaming Eagles".

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Bands Confirmed For Heavy Christmas Meeting

DORO, SAXON,W.A.S.P., U.D.O., PRIMAL FEAR, IRON FIRE and HIGH´N DRY are confirmed for the Heavy Christmas Meeting which will be taking place in Düsseldorf, Germany at Philipshalle on December 12th.

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U.D.O. Announce "Metalized" Release Date

U.D.O.'s forthcoming Best Of package, entitled Metallized - 20 Years Of Metal, will be released through AFM Records on November 30th.

As previosuly reported, Metallized be loaded with pictures showcasing the last 20 years of the band's career with liner notes written by Metal Hammer journalist Andreas Schöwe. The first 12 songs featured on the album were chosen by the fans via the official U.D.O. website, while tracks 13 to 16 include two unreleased songs, and acoustic version of 'Balls To The Wall' and a live version of 'The Bullet And The Bomb'.

The complete tracklist is as follows: 'Holy', 'Heart Of Gold', 'Animal House', 'Cut Me Out', 'They Want War', 'Cry Soldier Cry', 'In The Darkness', 'Man And Machine', '24/7', 'Trainride To Russia', 'Independence Day', 'Thunderball', 'Shadow Maker' (unreleased song), 'Terror In Paradise' (unreleased song), 'Balls To The Wall (acoustic version), 'Bullet And The Bomb' (live from St. Petersburg).

Metallized - 20 Years Of Metal will be released through AFM Records before the end of the year.

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Watch U.D.O. Bordeaux Concert Footage Online

Fan-filmed video footage of U.D.O. — the German band led by former ACCEPT frontman Udo Dirkschneider — performing the ACCEPT classic "Metal Heart" on October 23, 2007 in Bordeaux, France can be viewed here.

U.D.O. has set "Metallized - 20 Years Of Metal" as the title of its upcoming "best-of" album, due in December via AFM Records. The CD booklet will be filled with photos from the last 20 years and and will include liner notes written by Metal Hammer journalist Andreas Schöwe. The first 12 songs on the collection were chosen by fans via the official U.D.O. web site, while tracks 13 to 16 will consist of two unreleased songs, an acoustic version of the ACCEPT classic "Balls to the Wall", and a live version of "The Bullet and the Bomb". More...

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U.D.O. Best Of To Include Unreleased Material

As previously reported, U.D.O. will issue a Best Of album on December 7th. Fans have been invited to help choose the tracklist, but the package will also feature unreleased studio and live material. The classic U.D.O. songs will be remastered and NOT re-recorded.

To take part in choosing the tracklist send an email with maximum three songs to best-of@udo-online.de. Deadline for the voting is September 15th. Only one vote entry per person. Regular updates of songs in the running will be issued via the official U.D.O. website.

U.D.O. and PRIMAL FEAR will head out on Double Headliner Tour in mid-October. The tour has added dates in Frankfurt, Germany on October 14th and Zurich, Switzerland on November 11th. The schedule is now as follows:

October
13 - Geleen, Netherlands - Hanenhof
14 - Frankfurt, Germany - Batschkapp
15 - Milan, Italy - Alcatraz
16 - Rome, Italy - Alpheus
18 - Sevilla, Spain - Sala Q
19 - Madrid, Spain - Macumba
20 - Bergara, Spain - Sala Jam
21 - Barcelona, Spain - Apolo
23 - Bordeaux, France - Rock School Barbey

November
9 - Antwerp, Belgium - Hof ter Lo
10 - Passau, Germany - VA Halle
11 - Zurich, Switzerland - Rohstofflager
14 - Copenhagen, Denmark - The Rock
15 - Gothenburg, Sweden - Traedgarn
17 - Haugesund, Norway - Byscene
18 - Oslo, Norway - John Dee
19 - Linkoeping, Sweden - Cloetta Cente
21 - Oulu, Finland - Teatria
22 - Helsinki, Finland - Nosturi
24 - Brezolupy, Czech Republic - No Vesta Sports Hall

December
11 - Hamburg, Germany - Markthalle
12 - Saarbrueken, Germany - Kufa
13 - Stuttgart, Germany - LKA
14 - Memmingen, Germany - Kaminwerk
15 - Duesseldorf, Germany - Phillipshalle
16 - Braunschweig, Germany - Meier Music Hall
18 - Nuernberg, Germany - Hirsch
19 - Tuttlingen, Germany - Alte Festhalle
20 - Muenchen, Germany - Metropolis

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U.D.O. To Release "Best Of" Collection

U.D.O., the German band led by legendary ACCEPT frontman Udo Dirkschneider, will release a "best of" album on December 7 and the fans are invited to contribute to the song-selection process. To take part, send an e-mail with no more than three songs to best-of@udo-online.de. The deadline is September 15.

U.D.O. and PRIMAL FEAR will team up for a European co-headlining tour this fall.

As previously reported, U.D.O. will embark on a North American tour in January/February 2008. It is not presently clear if this will be a package tour or a solo trek. Exact cities and dates will be announced soon.

U.D.O. recently signed with Coallier Entertainment (TWISTED SISTER, SEBASTIAN BACH, BELLADONNA, W.A.S.P.) in New York City for booking and is said to be "excited" to come back to America and Canada to play for the fans again.

Fan-filmed video footage of U.D.O. performing the ACCEPT classics "Restless and Wild" and "Son of a Bitch" at the Sweden Rock Festival on June 8, 2007 in Sölvesborg, Sweden has been posted at YouTube.

U.D.O.'s new album, "Mastercutor", entered the German Media Control chart at position No. 39 — the highest German chart position in the band's history.

"Mastercutor" was released on May 18 via AFM Records. Several extra songs were recorded for the CD, with different territories getting their own bonus cuts. The Japanese edition of the CD comes with the track "Man a King Ruler", the Russian album includes "Platchet Soldat", and both feature the song "Streets of Sin". The European limited-edition version of "Mastercutor" includes the songs "Borderline" and "Screaming Eagles".

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Cynic Added To Maximum Rock Festival

Cynic has been confirmed for Romania's MAXIMUM ROCK FESTIVAL, which is an open air concert that takes place on August 10-12th, 2007 in Cluj-Napoca, Romania. Cynic will perform on August 12 at the fest.

The current lineup includes the following bands:

OVERKILL / U.S.A.
U.D.O. / Gemany
CYNIC / U.S.A.
TO/DIE/FOR / Finland
ORPHANED LAND / Israel
IRON MAIDNEM (IRON MAIDEN tribute) / Hungary
INNER WISH / Greece
EMERALD SUN / Greece
URKRAFT / Danmark
BURNING POINT / Finland
THE COLD EXISTENCE / Sweden
VOICES OF SILENCE / Romania
PSYCHO SYMPHONY / Romania
INDIAN FALL / Romania
ABIGAIL / Romania
NEXUS / Romania
Dirty Shirt / Romania
N.O.M. / Romania

Camping is free. The ticket pricing is as follows:

Until 1st August 2007:
Day I (10th August): 17 Euro
Day II (11th August): 17 Euro
Day III (12th August): 10 Euro
For 3 Days (10th-12th August): 37 Euro

From 1st August to 12th August 2007
Day I (10th August): 22 Euro
Day II (11th August):): 22 Euro
Day III (12th August 11 Euro
For 3 Days (10th-12th August): 40 Euro

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Testament Confirmed For MetalMania 2006 Festival

Veteran San Francisco Bay Area metallers TESTAMENT are the latest confirmed band for the MetalMania 2006 festival, set to take place March 4, 2006 at Spodek in Katowice, Poland. The festival billing is shaping up as follows (in alphabetical order):

ACID DRINKERS
ANATHEMA
CALIBAN
CARPATHIAN FOREST
HIERONYMUS BOSH
HUNTER
MOONSPELL
NEVERMORE
PAINMUSEUM
SOILWORK
TESTAMENT
U.D.O.
UNLEASHED

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U.D.O. Mixing "Mission No. X"

German metalmeisters U.D.O. have posted this message on their official website:

The band was working a lot in the last weeks to finish the recording of the new album, which will be titled "Mission No. X". Stefan is finishing the mixing sessions in these days. The result sounds killer!!!!

One week ago in Pulheim there was a photo session for this new album, it was a lot of fun...

The reason why the gig was cancelled in Spain was that Igor (Gianola) broke one finger in his left hand, just 1 week before the gig. So he was unable to play for about 3 weeks, he just started in these days to play a little bit.

"Mission No. X" is tentatively scheduled to be released this coming summer through AFM Records.

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Drummer Stefan Schwarzmann Rejoins Accept

Drummer Stefan Schwarzmann (Helloween, U.D.O., Running Wild) has recently become available and will be rejoining legendary German metallers Accept for the 2005 summer festivals. Stefan has performed with the band since the "good old days" when he replaced original drummer Stefan Kaufmann. This officially finalizes the group's summer touring lineup which includes original members Udo Dirkschneider (vocals), Wolf Hoffmann (guitar), Herman Frank (guitar) and Peter Baltes (bass). Rehearsals are scheduled for March and April in Hannover, Germany.

Upcoming Accept shows:

May 15 Gelsenkirchen, GER @ Rock Hard Festival
Jun. 04 Bergum, NETH @ Waldrock
Jun. 09 Sölvesborg, SWE @ Sweden Rock Festival
Jun. 12 Bologna, ITA @ Gods Of Metal
Jun. 24 Belgium @ Graspop
Jul. 17 Helsinki, FIN @ Tuska Festival
Jul. 29 Tokyo, JPN @ Shibuya AX
Jul. 30 Tokyo, JPN @ Shibuya AX
Jul. 31 Osaka, JPN @ Namba Hatch
Aug. 02 Nagoya, JPN @ Diamont Hall
Aug. 4–6 Wacken, GER @ Wacken Open Air
Aug. 13 Spain @ Cumpo de futbol
Aug. Switzerland @ TBA

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Accept And Nuclear Blast Sign Cooperation Deal

No matter what styles of music have been trendy, Accept always remained on top, were regarded as most important German Metal export of all time besides the Scorpions and wrote music history like no other Metal act. Classics like "Balls To The Walls" or "Metal Heart" mustn't miss in any good collection.

The dream of many Metal fans comes true now as Accept have reunited for a few festivals shows in 2005 – the band announces a best of set par excellence: "With U.D.O., I always play different Accept songs and thus I know pretty exact what the fans want to hear. Wolf, whom I met for the first time since eight years now, has the same set list in mind. But we don't want to give away everything in advance", frontman Udo Dirkschneider explains. "We're really looking forward to playing these shows and we won't disappoint any Accept fan for sure!"

Accept will kick off at the Rock Hard Festival which takes places at the Amphitheatre Gelsenkirchen (Germany) on May 13th – 15th 2005. "Besides the Rock Hard Festival we will only play Wacken in Germany, a tour is definitely not planned", Udo states. "We will play at the Sweden Rock Festival as Scandinavia was one of the biggest markets for Accept ever, and perhaps at two or three more open airs in Europe. Afterwards I'll focus on U.D.O. again completely."

In cooperation with Accept manager Gaby Hoffmann, Nuclear Blast adopts the publicity for the forthcoming festival season. Another result out of the cooperation contact is an exclusive merchandise deal for the upcoming festivals which also includes classic Accept motives.

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U.D.O. Begin Recording New Album

U.D.O. started to record the new album. Udo himself is recording in these days the first lead vocals tracks, seems like there will be a lot of good songs.

U.D.O. will play some festivals next year. Confirmed is February 25th in Granada/Spain Vega-Rock.

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U.D.O. To Co-Headline Summer Breeze Festival

According to a posting on U.D.O.'s official website, the band will co-headline the main stage of the Summer Breeze 2004 Festival in Abtsgemünd Germany this coming weekend on August 21 at 8:50 PM CET, together with Danzig. The organizers are expecting an estimated 15,000 fans to show up for the festival.

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Live Photos Of Earthshaker Festival Posted Online

More live photos of bands performing at the Earthshaker Festival in Germany this past weekend have been posted online here.

Among the bands that appeared were Destruction, U.D.O., In Flames, Helloween and Primal Fear.

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U.D.O. Plan North American Tour

U.D.O. is reportedly talking to US promoters to bring the band over to the United States this coming winter, according to the official U.D.O. website.

The band's new album, "Thunderball", will be released in Brazil on August 20 through Louder/Paradox, and will hit stores in North America soon.

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Four More Confirmed For Metal Mania Festival

QUEENSRŸCHE, GAMMA RAY, ANTHRAX, U.D.O. and PRETTY MAIDS have been officially added to this year's Metal Mania festival, a 3-day event set to take place June 25-27 in Villarobledo (Albacete), Spain. The event is being headlined by a reunited JUDAS PRIEST. More info at www.metalmaniafestival.com.

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