On June 17, Rustyn Rose of Metalholic.com conducted an interview with former ACCEPT and current U.D.O. frontman Udo Dirkschneider. You can now listen to the chat in the YouTube clip below. A couple of excerpts follow.
On why he thinks he is constantly being asked about the possibility of him rejoining ACCEPT:
Udo: “I did a reunion back in the ’90s with ACCEPT. We did three albums — ‘Objection Overruled’, ‘Death Row’ and ‘Predator’ — but in the end, it [didn’t] work out. They did the same mistake with ‘Predator’ — they tried to be too commercial, so that was already a point when [it was clear] the reunion [wasn’t going to] work out. In between, in 2005, we did, not a reunion, but just special festival shows in Europe. But there was no thinking to do a real reunion with a studio album or something like that. [And then] in 2009, they phoned me up and [asked me] if I’m interested to do a reunion. [chuckles] And then I said, ‘Guys, this is a very hard thing for me. I mean, I would have to cut down U.D.O. I mean, U.D.O. is quite successful. This is not so easy.’ So I said, ‘OK, if I do a reunion with you guys, then we have to talk about a lot of things’ . . . So I said, ‘OK, there is one main point for me. If I do this reunion and this reunion doesn’t work out again, I cannot come out for the third time with U.D.O. Then I have to continue under the name ACCEPT.’ And Wolf [Hoffmann, ACCEPT guitarist] has the rights to the name; that’s another story. So then he said ‘No,’ he didn’t wanna do this. And I said, ‘OK, sorry. Then forget everything. Then I continue with U.D.O. I wish you good luck. And bye-bye.’ That is the whole story. But what I don’t like about Wolf at the moment is that he is telling in all the interviews that I was not interested to do this reunion and this is wrong.”
On the current lineup of ACCEPT (featuring singer Mark Tornillo), which released a comeback album last year, “Blood Of The Nations”:
Udo: “There was a good hype going on when they came out with the ‘Blood Of The Nations’ album. I mean, it was a good album, good production. Of course, I expect a good album from ACCEPT after 15 years; I wish [U.D.O.] had 15 years to write songs [for a new album]. [Laughs] Of course you expect a good album. The singer is good. I mean, he’s different. For me, he’s a little bit like Bon Scott [AC/DC], something like that. And yeah, they did quite a successful tour in Europe. And what can I say? On one hand, it is not ACCEPT; that’s the point. It’s just the name. I wish them luck and we will see what the future will bring for ACCEPT. I’m happy with U.D.O. I’m now longer together with this band than I was with ACCEPT. And so there’s a real family [vibe] going on, the chemistry is right. Everybody is looking forward to going on tour and it’s so much fun. In a way, I can say I am happy I didn’t make the reunion with ACCEPT after all.”