udo Former Accept singer and current Udo frontman Udo Dirkschneider was a guest on the Lokaos Rock Show. Portions of the conversation appear below.

When asked how it feels for him to see Accept continue with a new singer (former TT Quick frontman Mark Tornillo) as his replacement, Udo said, “What can I say? I mean, I was watching a show of Accept in Hamburg, and I was a little bit disappointed. It was without any emotion. For me, there was no band on stage. Playing-wise, it was okay, but it was without any emotion. It was automatic — like, do it and then go.”

Discussing whether he would ever consider reuniting with his former bandmates, Dirkschneider replied, “No.”

When questioned what the difference is between fronting his own band versus being the singer for Accept, he responded, “Let’s say it in this way: With Accept, the name Accept, if I continued with the name Accept, then you have to do something… what the people know under the name Accept..I think with U.D.O., I think I’m more free.”

Speaking with Music Enthusiast Magazine in September 2014 Accept guiarist had this to say about his former singer, “I haven’t heard from him in forever other than indirectly in the press, and honestly none of us are even thinking about him..It’s really not been an issue at all, I mean, we surely put it to rest with this album [discussing Blind Rage]. Clearly it was a big deal the first time around for [2010’s] Blood Of The Nations; a lot of people were asking, ‘Why?’ and ‘What?’ and ‘How come?’ But the story has been told so many times now that it’s clear that we’ve started a new life and Udo didn’t want to be part of it. He made his choice, we’re moving on, and that’s that.”

To listen to Udo’s entire interview with the Lokaos Rock Show, below.

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  • MikeyMan on

    Sour Grapes.

    The last 3 Accept albums are among the best Metal releases of this current time.

    • D. Comiskey on

      Couldn’t agree more, Mike. Was about to say same thing. Never cared for Accept one bit until Blood of the Nations. All 3 have been superb. Udo, who?

  • Rob Poling Jr on

    Having founded the band I think UDO can allowed to be angered about the product they put on or that it bothers him that they decided to continue without him. I was big fan years ago but the slow departures and now more leaving makes it a different band.

    • Medved on

      That’s like saying you have an issue with the man your ex-girlfriend/wife is now sleeping with. Why should Udo care what Accept is doing? Unless Wolf decides he wants to re-record the earlier Accept albums by overdubbing Udo’s vocals with Mark’s, Udo ought to just concentrate on his own band.

  • Greg in H2Otown on

    Udo is entitled to his opinion, but he chose not rejoin Accept. He said he was more dedicated to ‘his’ fans(meaning U.D.O. fans). He made his decision. Sour grapes, jealousy, whatever you want to call it, he shouldn’t be shagging them. Saw them live w/Udo and w/ Mark and believe me, there is no lack of energy with the new lineup.

  • Greg in H2Otown on

    Or emotion, I mean what are they supposed to do, start breaking down when they do No Time To Lose. Maybe Udo does when he does it. Oh wait he didn’t sing that song, Peter Baltes did, nevermind.

  • T on

    Udo will not be mistaken for George Clooney anytime soon.

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