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U.D.O. / Anvil - O2 Academy Islington, London (UK) - 19 April 2016

The pairing of former Accept vocalist Udo Dirkschneider and the Metal "comeback" kings Anvil is a truly value for money double bill. This is especially true when you take account of the fact that Dirkschneider has billed this as the "Farewell To Accept" tour, this being the last time he will play these songs.

Anvil singer and guitarist Steve "Lips" Kudlow appears in the middle of the audience, surrounded by enthusiastic Metal hordes, he begins the classic instrumental 'March Of The Crabs', heads are banging and phones are recording. It is a short eight song set, relying on mostly classic material, only 'Die For A Lie' from the new 'This Is Anvil' release being the exception.


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It is apparent Anvil still love what they do. Kudlow looks like a crazed caveman thrashing licks out of his flying V guitar whilst drummer Rob Reiner is still rightly regarded as one of the best sticks-men in the business; his solo on 'Swing Thing' is testament to this. 'Winged Assassins', '666' and 'Mothra' still sound wonderfully absurd, and it's touching that the band still look like they cannot believe they a have second chance in the Metal world. Even after the band leave the stage, the audience are still chanting for them.



The last time I had seen Dirkschneider himself in action, was fronting Accept on the 'Metal Heart' tour in 1985! A little older now, yet still dressed in his familiar combat clothes, he has lost none of his distinctive Metal growl. This was a real trip down memory lane; 'Starlight' 'Living For Tonight' and 'London Leatherboys' came fast and furious. Dirkschneider stomped around the stage like an enraged tank commander looking for his battalion. The more sensitive approach of 'Winterdreams' had all singing along, before the band hit hard with 'Neon Nights', 'Son Of A Bitch' and the riff pleasing 'Princess Of The Dawn'. Of course 'Balls The To The Wall' and 'Fast As A Shark' had to be encores.

If this is the last time we will hear these classics, then it is a real loss to the Metal world.

Ray Paul


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Zimbelman Entertainment & festival promotions said:

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U D O
Dirkschneider
vocals

Date of Birth:Apr 06, 1952

Place of Birth:Wuppertal, Germany

more Information:My first glance at the world was on April the 6.th of 1952, exactly at 1.pm, in the beautiful town called Wuppertal. As the years were passing by, at the age of 12, I received as a gift from my parents the Beatles record "I'm Down", From then on I was obsessed with music. Then the Rolling Stones came into my life, and from that momment on the Beatles were only wimps.
I got my first portable Recordplayer for Christmas. All my teachers hated me, because I took it always with me to school, my schoolmate was the world famous producer Michael Wagener and together with him I started my music carrier.

At this time I was not interested in using my voice I was more into keyboards, and so my parents made me a gift at the age of 14. Of course a keyboard! At the same time Michael got his first electric guitar and the radio of his parents becames the amplifier. Of course they didn't liked it! From this time on the route was marked. Michael was working hard on the guitar and I was trying to play the keyboards propper. More and more I got into singing, and the result was, that I liked it more then playing .
I created the first Band BAND X, when I was sixteen. We played 3 years in Clubs and in the year 1971 Michael and I changed the name of this Band. From this time on we were ACCEPT. At the same time Michael faced himself with the fact that he was not a good guitarplayer, and he changed to studio work. It needed 4 years to find the right Line up which gets the break through under the name ACCEPT.

On a competition in Düsseldorf we reached the third place, and we got our first record deal. 1978 was the year of our first Album called "Accept", and at this time our music was a revolution. In the end of 1979 the second album was out under the title "I`m A Rebel", it was a work of research for a style. In 1980 with the release of "Breaker" the music scene was shocked by the sound of this album, surprised with this kind of agressive music from Germany, and this was also a breakthrough for the band all over Europe, and also it was the first time that we did a big headline tour in Germany and the european tour with JUDAS PRIEST, and so we decided this would be our profession.

With the next album "Restless And Wild" for the first time America was interested in us, but in our opinion it was to early. During this time together with Michael Wagner I made a production company, called "DOUBLE TROUBLE" and produced bands like RAVEN, FAITHFULL BREATH, STREET FIGHTER etc.

At this time there were rumors that I would quit ACCEPT, but it was not true. Then in 1983 with the release of "Balls To The Wall" we had world wide success and than the time for America was right.

............ the rest of my carrier, fans know it !

Udo....
keep it metal my friends
 
January 22, 2017
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Zimbelman Entertainment & festival promotions said:

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Dennis Zimbelman
Zimbelman Entertainment
Denver Colorado
& Festival promotions
Thank you Metal Gods
thank you U D O & Crew
Cheers! and verry special thanks to the u d o Road Crew that Drove throught the ice & snow to deliver our metal gods Day of Denver Blue Bird Show a Blinding snow stor ice storm hit the Denver Aera U D O's Road crew with O D E N by their side Viking god Oden guided them through the ice & snow safly to Denver the shit hit the fan all hell broke loose Monday blinding snow stor tuesday 60 degreese heat wave hit the Storm followed U D O & Crew West coast to Seattle & Vancouver wher they had to Cancel few west ccoast shows this special thanks goes out to U D O's Road crew the best in thethe business god bless you and may O D E N the viking god guifde to safty f**ken Road Crew the Best next time your in Denver look me up well do some Cheers! Salute the Road crew take care god bless you to safty through this bliding ice snow storm from hell p.s. now that Ronnie James Dio is out of the way the Weather Gods have chosen Denver Red Rocks Ampitheater always gets hit by mother natuer Ronnie JAMES Dio R.I.P.Ronnie just ask Slayer every time Slayer plays Raing Blood it Floods Dio has made peace with the Weather gods its up to you & Slayer to light a candle say a prayer perferably no raining blood shal poor down on Five Finger Death Punch leave u d o & crew alone f**ken wweather god's go ruien a country festival leave us alone haaaaaa
thank you Metal Gods
Thank You to Road Crew the best in the Business

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January 22, 2017
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