He is THE constant among the German metal scene – Udo Dirkschneider. Originally becoming world-famous as a founding member of ACCEPT, he continues to steadily expand upon his international successes with his U.D.O. and DIRKSCHNEIDER outfits. Remaining true to himself over the years in a way few musicians could, Dirkschneider consistently bucks music industry trends in favor of following his heart. Yet his most personal and extraordinary album to date will be released on April 22nd, 2022: My Way.
For the first time, Udo Dirkschneider now sings in his native language and shines on the WOLFSHEIM cover of the hit Kein Zurück, which is being released today as a digital single and as a limited 7-inch vinyl (700 copies, incl. We Will Rock You) and along with a music video clip.
“When I heard the song on the radio for the first time, I got excited straight away,” remembers Udo Dirkschneider and explains: “I immediately felt understood by the words. It almost seemed to me as if the text was telling about my career, about my highs and lows, about all the good and bad experiences that you have. For those who choose the life as a musician, there is simply “no way back”. It’s the first time I’ve been singing in my native language on a song – it was a real struggle for me at first, but at the same time it was a great experience.”
My Way contains 17 cover versions of the very songs that have influenced the musician and singer the most. All kinds of classics from music history are among them – including those that you might not expect from Udo. Not only does a very personal story lie behind each of the tracks, but also a sometimes surprising arrangement that, despite the very individual implementation, lives and breathes Udo‘s manuscript throughout. “Now when I hear the songs, I remember the time when, as a very young Udo, I’d go out to light up the town and lived all the stories that can only be experienced late at night in the clubs.”
The cover album also makes one thing clear: Just how many in the music industry have come and gone over the years. Yet, Udo Dirkschneider is still here – and you can find the following 17 songs on the new album My Way.
- Faith Healer (Alex Harvey)
- Fire (Crazy World Of Arthur Brown)
- Sympathy (Uriah Heep)
- They Call It Nutbush (Tina Turner)
- Man On The Silver Mountain (Rainbow)
- Hell Raiser (The Sweet)
- No Class (Motörhead)
- Rock And Roll (Led Zeppelin)
- The Stroke (Billy Squier)
- Paint It Black (Edit Version)
- He’s A Woman, She’s A Man (The Scorpions)
- T.N.T. (AC/DC)
- Jealousy (Frankie Miller)
- Hell Bent For Leather (Judas Priest)
- We Will Rock You (Queen)
- Kein Zurück (Wolfsheim)
- My Way (Frank Sinatra)
The album is now up for pre-orders, and available as a double-vinyl in gatefold (black and clear), as a digipack CD, as well as an Earbook including a 60-page booklet with many pictures from Udo‘s life.
The vinyl version will also come in a limited, coloured (grey marbled) RECORD STORE DAY version, which also includes a signed photo card and an exclusive 18-track label compilation of Atomic Fire Records artists on CD, out on April 23rd and available in all participating record stores.
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