It is amazing that Udo Dirkschneider and his former band Accept both released live records, within about a month of each other. It is also ironic that Udo decided to release a live record featuring only Accept tunes. Coincidence or not, who cares, because this is an awesome live disk. I have not heard his former band's new record, but to be honest, I was not as interested, because Udo was and will always be the true voice of Accept. That said, he has had a very successful career, as a solo artist, and continues to put out fresh new music every couple of years.
For this live record, Udo and his band decided to dust off some Accept classics and perform them to perfection, before he closes this book forever. Yep, this is the last time, Udo and his band will perform Accept tunes, for the most part, and this record was put out to document these classic shows. After this tour, Udo and band will focus on his catalog from his longstanding solo career. He has stated that he is ready to close this chapter in his life and move forward.
Live (Back to the Roots) proves that Udo has not lost anything vocally. He is one of those guys that continues to bring it, even in his 60's. This 2 disk set captured Udo and his band, on fire, churning through some metal classics. The set list is a nice collection of tunes from Udo's career with Accept. The set list covers his first tenure, in the band, spanning from the fist album to Russian Roulette. It is a nice collection and send off to a great period in Udo's career. This is a must for Accept fans.
Bottom Line: Udo bidding farewell to his former band in a big way. A monster live album, that gives you a sense of being there.
-Ragman can't wait to see this live. Oh yeah, where's the DVD?