Yeah I know, this show was last Sunday. Hey, I’ve had a pretty busy week, what with Fu Manchu on Monday, Clutch and Orange Goblin last night… But on the other hand, I’ve got nothing going on the next couple days, aside from packing for The Big Move (more on that later), so it’s gonna be Amateur Concert Photography Weekend in this space. Starting with one of my boyhood idols, der Mann, der Mythos, die Legende… Herr Udo Dirkschneider!
I hafta say, knowing that there wouldn’t be too many Accept songs in the set, I didn’t have high expectations coming in. But y’know, Udo’s solo stuff’s catchy enough that after hearing the chorus once, you can sing along the next time. Not to mention that when he did dig up some Accept chestnuts like “Head Over Heels” and “Screaming for a Lovebite,” his voice really did them justice. Hey, I’ve got nothing against Mark Tornillo, but I do believe his current outfit once released a greatest hits album called Accept – No Substitutes. Ain’t nothing like the real thing, baby!
Udo’s international backing band hails from four different countries (Russia, Finland, Germany, Italy), and while half of them only joined before his latest album, they still knew all the hits–or at least the ones he chose to play, anyways. They were also pretty good at mimicking some of the familiar stage moves in their matching leather pants…
(Looks like the drummer’s wearing shorts, though.)
Get ready for some classic Accept poses…
Now, having seen them both in person, I couldn’t help noticing: