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Udo Dirkschneider, the legendary former vocalist of Metal titans Accept, recently played a UK tour where he only performed songs from his Accept past for one final time before he solely concentrates on his own band U.D.O., or Dirkschneider as they were called for this tour.

Before the show at London's Islington Academy, MetalTalk's Mark Taylor spoke to Udo about his career with Accept.

The subject of the second Accept album 'I'm A Rebel', whose title track was written by Alex Young, brother of Malcolm and Angus Young from AC/DC came up. The track was turned down by the Aussie legends, so Accept finally recorded it themselves in 1980.

Pressed on the subject of the recent vocalist auditions for AC/DC and whether he would have been up for joining AC/DC, Udo replied: "But they didn't call me... but to be honest, I was really thinking about this... if they called me, then yes I'll do this."

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Here's the video interview:

Dirkschneider will be releasing a DVD of one of the recent European shows and the singer with the charismatic voice said: "It's still so much fun to sing these songs live, they are a part of my biography, but nevertheless it's about time to turn that page. There was so much talking and speculations about me and Accept, so this is kind of a musical statement from my end which seems to be very interesting for the fans who came to these shows."

Due to extremely high demand from fans and promoters, Dirkschneider will continue touring until the end of 2016. After the recent triumph all over Europe the band will tour in Israel and Japan, doing a lot of summer festivals and then tour USA, Russia and Europe in Autumn and Winter 2016.

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First dates announced:

01.11. NO-Oslo - Vulcan Arena
03.11. SE-Umea - Idun
04.11. SE-Borlaenge - Liljan
05.11. SE-Orebro - Frimis
06.11. SE-Linkoeping - Garden
18.11. SE-Stockholm - Rock at Sea
26.11. RU-Moscow - Stadium Live Club - Aria Fest
03.12. DE-Vacha - Vachwerk
08.12. AT-Dornbirn - Conrad Sohm
09.12. CZ-Brno - Hala Vodova
11.12. DE-Oberhausen - Turbinenhalle
15.12. DE-Nuernberg - Loewensaal
16.12. DE-Memmingen - Kaminwerk
17.12. DE-Karlsruhe - Schwarzwaldhalle - Knock Out Festival
18.12. DE-Solingen - Cobra

Click for MetalTalk's review of Dirkschneider's excellent performance at London's O2 Academy Islington.

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Wacken Winter Nights 2018 takes place between February 23rd and 25th 2018 and the great news is that you can now experience a full-on, top class German Metal Festival easily and affordably.

It only takes an hour to fly to Hamburg from London and we've had longer journeys than that within the capital and they were certainly more expensive than the £33 air ticket that just appeared in our 'flights to Wacken Winter Nights' search.


Wacken Winter Nights is organised by the same team who are responsible for the world's greatest Metal festival, Wacken-Open-Air and the 2018 bill includes Skyclad, Orphaned Land, Elvenking, Finntroll, Grave Digger, Aeverium, Comes Vagantes, Coppelius, Corvus Corax, Die Pressgëng, Elvellon, Heimataerde, Hell-O-Matic, Ignis Fatuu, Ingrimm, Irdorath, Johnny Deathshadow, Krayenzeit, Letzte Instanz, Mr Hurley und die Pulveraffen, Pampatut, Pat Razket, Schandmaul, Sündenrausch, The Aberlour's, The Moon And The Nightspirit, Torfrock, Visions Of Atlantis, Vroudenspil, Wind Rose and more.

Besides this rich billing of superb Metal bands, there is so much more to see in the festival area including the medieval market and also the walking acts and jugglers you will meet at the theme worlds, including Robert Blake, three-time World Cup winner of street magic.

Wacken Winter Nights is something not to be missed and you can check out the amazing ticket and accommodation prices right here.

We just priced up the whole four day trip with hotels, flights, shuttles and festival tickets for less than £300 and we don't think you will get a better value festival than that, anywhere.


MetalTalk recently sat down with Wacken founder and owner Thomas Jensen and that interview will be online next week and it's a fascinating insight into how Wacken originated from nothing to become the world's premiere Heavy Metal event.


Wacken 2018 takes place from 2nd to 4th August 20218 and as with Wacken Winter Nights, if you have never experienced all it has to offer, then you owe it to yourself to remedy that.

Already announced for Wacken 2018 are Judas Priest, Nightwish, Running Wild (exclusive), Arch Enemy, Dirkschneider, Doro (Special Anniversary Show), In Extremo, Sepultura, Amorphis, Amaranthe, Firewind, W.A.R., Belphegor, Mantar, Knorkator, Deserted Fear, Watain, Night Demon, Epica, Knorkator, Belphegor, Firewind, Deserted Fear and many more and we'll have more Wacken 2018 announcements during December.

As well as being the greatest Heavy Metal festival in the world, it is without a doubt the Mecca of Metal and the one thing that every single person who loves our music should have on their bucket list.

For 2018, MetalTalk have joined forces with Wacken-Open-Air to help you get to Wacken easily and inexpensively and you can peruse the ticket and travel options right here.

If you are interested in going to Wacken 2018 and have questions, please fill out the form below and we will contact you with answers to all your enquiries. You are under no obligation whatsoever by filling this form out. We won't add you to any mailing lists or send you loads of spam - all we will do is help you get to Wacken as easily and inexpensively as possible.



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