Udo Dirkschneider (UDO, ex-Accept) will release his new album, My Way, on April 22 via Atomic Fire Records.
For the first time, Udo now sings in his native language and shines on the Wolfsheim cover “Kein Zurück”, which is released today as a digital single and a limited 7″ vinyl (700 copies, including “We Will Rock You”) and with a music video Watch the clip below, get the single here.
“When I first heard the song on the radio, I was immediately excited,” Udo recalls and explains, “I immediately felt understood by the lyrics. It almost seemed to me that the text was talking about my career, my ups and downs, all the good and bad experiences you have had. For those who choose the life of a musician, there is simply “no turning back”. It’s the first time I sing in my mother tongue on a song – it was a real struggle for me at first, but at the same time it was a great experience.
He is THE constant of the German metal scene – Udo Dirkschneider. Originally becoming world famous as a founding member of Accept, he continues to steadily expand his international success with his UDO and Dirkschneider outfits. Staying true to himself over the years in a way few musicians could, Dirkschneider consistently bucks music industry trends in favor of following his heart. However, his most personal and extraordinary album to date will be released on April 22: My Way.
This new version contains 17 covers of the songs that most influenced the musician and singer. All sorts of classics from music history are included, including ones you might not expect from Udo. Not only does a very personal story hide behind each of the tracks, but also a sometimes surprising arrangement which, despite the very individual implementation, lives and breathes Udo’s manuscript throughout. “Now when I hear the song, I remember the time when, as a very young Udo, I would go out to light up the city and live all the stories that can only be lived late at night in clubs.”
Here, Alex Harvey’s “Faith Healer” allows the artist to feel those days of a bygone era. The fact that “Nutbush City Limits: is also on the album reveals a rarely revealed secret until now: “What hardly anyone knows until now: I was a huge fan of Ike and Tina Turner, and in particular Tina’s voice, once. We always covered this song during Accept rehearsals in the beginning. It was a mainstay of our Accept rehearsal repertoire for years. Unfortunately there is no registration.
With “Kein Zurück” from Wolfsheim, Udo sings in German for the first time in his career: “I immediately had the impression that the words understood me. It felt like the lyrics told the story of my career, my ups and downs and all the good and bad experiences in life. There is simply no turning back for those who choose to live as a musician.
The cover album also clarifies one thing: how many people in the music industry have come and gone over the years. Yet Udo Dirkschneider is still there.
“Faith Healer” (Alex Harvey)
“Fire” (Mad World of Arthur Brown)
“Sympathy” (Uriah Heep)
“They Call It Nutbush” (Tina Turner)
“The Man on the Silver Mountain” (Rainbow)
“Hell Raiser” (The Sweet)
“No Class” (Motörhead)
“Rock And Roll” (Led Zeppelin)
“The Stroke” (Billy Squier)
“Paint It Black” (Rolling Stones)
“She’s a woman, she’s a man” (Scorpions)
“Jealousy” (Frankie Miller)
“Hell Bent For Leather” (Judas Priest)
“We’ll Rock You” (Queen)
“Kein Zurück” (Wolfsheim)
“My Way” (Frank Sinatra)
“We Will Rock You” Video: