Udo Dirkschneider

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Udo Dirkschneider
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Dirkschneider live with U.D.O., 2004
Background information
Born (1952-04-06) 6 April 1952 (age 62)
Origin Wuppertal, Germany
Genres Heavy metal, power metal
Occupation(s) Musician, songwriter
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1968–present
Labels Nuclear Blast, Epic/Sony, PolyGram
Associated acts Accept
U.D.O.
Lordi
HammerFall
Aria
Raven

Udo Dirkschneider (born 6 April 1952, Wuppertal, Germany) is a German heavy metal singer who is best known as the vocalist in German heavy metal band Accept and later U.D.O.

After leaving Accept in 1987, Dirkschneider formed the band U.D.O..He has since reunited with Accept on occasion.

Recently, Dirkschneider made a guest appearance on Eurovision Song Contest winner Lordi's 2006 album, The Arockalypse. Mr Lordi claims both "Don't Look Back" and "Blitz of Lightning" by U.D.O. as songs that changed his life in a Kerrang! magazine article. He also makes a guest appearance in the music video for the song "Shtil (Штиль)" by Russian heavy metal band Aria.

Dirkschneider recorded lead vocals with NWOBHM-band Raven on their cover of "Born to Be Wild" on a 1983 single release. The song also appeared as B-side on "Break the Chain" from their album All for One. He is also famous for his duet rock ballad with Doro Pesch, "Dancing with an Angel". During Wacken 2008, he performed "They Only Come Out at Night" live with Lordi.

The character Dark Schneider in the Japanese manga and anime series Bastard!! is named after Dirkschneider.

His son, Sven, currently plays in the band Damaged, who recently supported U.D.O. on tour.[1]

Discography[edit]

Accept[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Live albums[edit]

EPs[edit]

U.D.O.[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Live albums[edit]

  • Live from Russia (2001)
  • Nailed to Metal – The Missing Tracks (2003)
  • Live in Sofia (2012)

Compilation albums[edit]

  • Best Of (1999)
  • Metallized (2007)
  • Celebrator (2012)

Singles/EPs[edit]

  • They Want War (1988)
  • Heart of Gold (1990)
  • Faceless World (1990)
  • Two Faced Woman (1997)
  • Independence Day (1997)
  • Lovemachine (1998)
  • Calm (2001) (with Aria)
  • Dancing with an Angel (2002)
  • 24/7 EP (2005)
  • The Wrong Side of Midnight EP (2007)
  • Infected (2009)
  • Leatherhead (2011)

DVDs[edit]

  • Nailed to Metal – The Complete History (2003)
  • Thundervision (2004)
  • Mastercutor Alive (2008)
  • Live in Sofia (2012)

Duets[edit]

In the year 1999 he recorded the Helloween song "I Want Out". U.D.O. performed the rock ballad "Dancing with an Angel" with Doro Pesch and the version of Accept's "Head Over Heels" with HammerFall. He sang the song "They Only Come Out at Night" with Mr. Lordi on the 2006 Lordi album The Arockalypse, as well as performing it live on stage at the same years Wacken Open Air. He did guest vocals for a version of Aria's song "Shtil" released on a compilation of the same title (the original version from album Himera does not feature Dirkschneider). He sang the lead vocals with the Raven cover of "Born to Be Wild" on a 1983. He also sings on Break the Chains with Raven as well.

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