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Concert Review: Udo Dirkschneider at The Palladium in Worcester, MA

Udo Dirkschneider
April 7, 2018
The Palladium – Worcester, MA
Reviewed by: Roger Scales

 

Udo Dirkschneider has long been remembered as the short, stocky, camouflage wearing lead vocalist of German rockers Accept from 1979-1986 and then again briefly from 1993-1996.  What is very often overlooked is his solo career which has spawned 15 solo albums and countless live releases in a period spanning from 1987 to present.  This band U.D.O. has played all over Europe and Asia to sold out arenas holding thousands of metal fans but his tours here in North America have been sporadic and often too much smaller crowds but nonetheless just as enthusiastic.  In 2016 Udo decided to tour with his current lineup and play a set of nothing but Accept classics covering material from the first album Accept (1979) all the way though Predator (1996). 

As to not confuse fans he decided to rename this band Dirkschneider therefore differentiating it from his solo material.  He also announced this would be the last time he would be revisiting this material moving forward.  One would think that at 66 years old Udo would be thinking about slowing down and possibly retirement.  Instead he’s out performing on this tour like a youngster with something to prove and not the legend taking a victory lap.  The set list was a trip down memory lane but it wasn’t a nostalgic night but more of a reminder how great that Accept material was and how many quality metal anthems that they created.

I was a little surprised that the band decided to open with “The Beast Inside” from the often forgotten 1994 release “Death Row” but it did set the tone for what was clearly going to be a memorable night.  The set included a lot of material off “Metal Heart” (1985) such as classics ‘Midnight Mover”, ‘Living For Tonite”, “Up To The Limit”, “Screaming For A Love Bite” and of course “Metal Heart”.  The crowd was chanting along all night long and the band was clearly feeding off all of the positive energy from the crowd.

Every set list is always going to leave material out for every fan’s favorite tracks.  Nothing from the debut Accept album or album #2 “I’m a Rebel” but again I’m really knit picking.  The night continued with rockers “Love Child”, “London Leatherboys” and of course ‘Balls To The Wall”.  Udo and his band which included his son Sven on drums are truly like a well-oiled machine and rocked me to my core.  I really thought stamina might be an issue for Udo but his voice and energy onstage never showed signs of slowing down at all. Another bucket list show off the list and all I can say was more than impressed and I’m looking forward to a return visit of solo Udo material.

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