I was in high school during the 80s metal revolution. It was great to experience such a crazy decade of music. One of the bands that released albums through a good part of the 80s was Accept. They were fronted by Udo Dirkschneider until 1987 when he left to form U.D.O. This night however was completely dedicated to the songs that Udo made famous during his time with Accept.
I would like to quickly touch on Elm Street who opened for Udo. They are from Melbourne, Australia and they may not have been a band in the 80s, but they would have killed it in that era of music. Lead by vocalist Ben Batres they brought a ton of energy and a real in your face metal experience. Musically they would have been right there with some of the best band of the 80s. Their dual guitar sound having a little bit of an Iron Maiden sound from time to time. I was very happy to have seen them perform and can’t wait to check out more of their music online. They really did a fantastic job firing the crowd up.
It was a late arriving crowd, but by the time Udo took the stage it must have been close to a sellout. Not a bad turn out at all on a Monday night. What was to come was a 20 song almost two-hour set of Accept classics. Udo is 65 and does not fly around the stage like he used to, but still delivers a solid performance. Most importantly, he still has that gravelly voice and sounds very good live. The rest of his band is rock solid, especially the guitarists.
The show opened with Beast Inside from the album “Death Row”. Right out of the gate you had to be impressed with Udo’s voice. He came out firing on all cylinders. The rest of the band was into it right away along with the crowd. The atmosphere was great! The rest of his band except the bassist is much younger and worked the smallish stage very well. There was a lot of interaction between band members and I really think that adds to a show.
As for his band they deserve to be recognized. On drums was his son Sven Dirkschneider who did a great job. Bassist Fitty Weinhold has been with Udo ever since his U.D.O. days. Andrey Smirnov and Bill Hudson made up a fantastic double guitar attack that were on fire all night. The two guitarists were very expressive and interactive with the crowd. His band was great for the whole show.
As the night continued, the best of Accept songs just kept coming. We were treated to songs Aiming High, Midnight Mover and Living For Tonight. The band just kept tearing through every classic. I can’t get over how great they sounded live. Very clean and you could tell everyone was having a good time. I had not seen Accept or U.D.O. before, but I as glad I got to witness it on this night.
The final four songs of the night just blew the roof off the venue. We got Princess Of The Dawn, Metal Heart, Fast As A Shark and of course Balls To The Walls. It was as solid of a four-song finale as a band can have. The crowd was in a frenzy down the stretch and was completely wore out by the end of this great night of metal. Everyone I talked to after the show had nothing but great things to say about it. Especially how it had sounded so good. It is awesome to see 80s metal alive and kicking and hopefully that will continue for a long time.