Dirkschneider – “LIVE – Back To The Roots” 2CD / 3LP (AFM Records)
Probably the last time for anyone wanting to hear famed front man Udo Dirkschneider sing Accept songs, this gargantuan 25 song live package captures the essence of why the “Dirkschneider” tour has pretty much sold out and owing to even more demand from fans and promoters around the world, will continue to roll until the end of this year! Recorded at one such sold out show in Memmingen, all the glory of Accept is captured across classic numbers like ‘Flash Rockin’ Man’, ‘Metal Heart’, ‘Balls To The Wall’, ‘Breaker’, ‘I’m A Rebel’, ‘Princess Of The Dawn’, ‘Losers And Winners’ and of course, my personal all time favorite ‘Fast As A Shark’. Grandaddy Udo is still in top form and clearly having a ball, joined by the enthusiastic “Kaminwerk” crowd who need no invitation to singalong back to the man himself! “LIVE – Back To The Roots” certainly brought back a lot of memories for me, as I’m sure it’s done for Udo himself, who’s finally closing this monumental and defining chapter of his career, indeed life. An absolute pleasure to review and be part of this legendary vocalist’s personal way of saying goodbye.