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Hair Metal Mansion correspondent JOE SCHAEFFER checks in with the following:

Udo Dirkschneider, the legendary original singer of Accept, is currently on a North American Tour – Back to the roots.  This tour has been billed as the last time he will include any Accept songs in his set. To bring his days of singing Accept songs to a close, he’s doing a special tour where the entire set is Accept material.  This makes it a rare and final opportunity to hear him sing some of the songs he hasn’t played for many years. 

It was immediately clear that Udo Dirkschneider’s voice is still as good as ever. His voice is very distinct and it brings the early Accept material alive.  He’s got an excellent backing band which includes his son, Sven Dirkschneider on the drums. Guitarists Kasperi Heikkinen and Andrey Smirnov had several moments to shine with mini guitar solos in between select songs. They along with bassist Fitty Wienhold were constantly on the go, interacting with each other and the crowd.

The band focused primarily on tracks from BreakerRestless & WildBalls to the Wall and Metal Heart, with select tracks from I'm A Rebel andRussian Roulette.

Dirkschneider ended up playing a really long set, consisting of 22 songs, clocking in at 2 hours. You have to admire the band's endurance. With all that said, the show was absolutely incredible and people definitely got their money's worth. If this tour is hitting your city, be sure to go out and see it as it will be your last chance to hear Udo sing the Accept classics.

Udo Dirkschneider - Vocals
Fitty Wienhold - Bass & Backing vocals
Andrey Smirnov -Guitars & Backing vocals
Kasperi Heikkinen -Guitars & Backing vocals
Sven Dirkschneider - Drums



Living for Tonite

Flash Rockin' Man

London Leatherboys

Midnight Mover


Head Over Heels

Neon Nights

Princess of the Dawn


Restless and Wild

Son of a Bitch

Up to the Limit

Wrong Is Right

Midnight Highway

Screaming for a Love-Bite


T.V. War

Losers and Winners



Metal Heart

Fast as a Shark

Balls to the Wall

Remaining Tour Dates:
01/23/2017 – Los Angeles, CA @ Whisky-A-Go-Go
01/24/2017 – Las Vegas, NV @ Brooklyn Bowl
01/26/2017 – Dallas, TX @ Trees
01/27/2017 – San Antonio, TX @ Alamo Music Hall
01/28/2017 – Houston, TX @ Scout Bar
01/30/2017 – Tampa, FL @ Orpheum
01/31/2017 – Atlanta, GA @ Variety Playhouse
02/02/2017 – Baltimore, MD @ Soundstage
02/03/2017 – Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom
02/04/2017 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Trocadero


All Images © Joe Schaeffer Photography


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