Album review: DIRKSCHNEIDER – Live – Back To The Roots – Accepted!

DIRKSCHNEIDER - Live Back To The Roots Accepted!

AFM Records [Release date 04.08.17]

When I reviewed Dirkschneider’s album Live Back To the Roots back in October I was looking forward to seeing him live the following January (earlier this year, clearly.) Sadly, I didn’t make it to the show. The funds just weren’t there. Less than a year later I’m sitting here reviewing and have another opportunity to catch him live doing the same set (this will be next April if things work out for me.)

I believe I’m going to have to do everything in my power to make it happen as both live albums ensured one major thing for me: Udo still has it! And since there is no telling how much longer he will keep this roots tour going, and his promise is once this is over no more Accept songs will be performed by him (and honestly, it seems like a bad idea to me, but Udo also seems like a man that, once his mind is made up, that’s that,) I need to make it happen

As for the latest live offering from Dirkschneider, the aforementioned Live Back To the Roots- Accepted, if you enjoyed the one last year, there is no reason why you won’t love this one too.

This time, however, you can get a DVD of the Brno (Czech Republic) show. The tracklist is exactly the same as last years offering, and the performance is just as brilliant. He sounds fantastic, and his band is excellent too. Ironically enough, something I said in my review of the last album may have been something prophetic.

I mentioned how iconic Udo’s voice always has been, but you would never hear him recording an album of standards like Rod Stewart. Seems that an added bonus for the audio version of this release is a recording of him doing the Sinatra classic “My Way,” and honestly, it’s pretty damn good, so now I want an album of standards performed by Udo because I think it would be great.

I will say this about this set versus the last release: you can tell they’ve spent a lot more time playing these songs, becoming one with them. The band has tightened up, Udo is on point, and the crowd is loving everyone moment of it.

All I had access to was the audio portion of it, so I’m looking forward to getting the video part too. Some people avoid live albums, so if that is you, you can bypass Live Back To the Roots- Accepted. Otherwise, this is another fantastic performance from a heavy metal legend. Oh, and as a sidenote of irony, it’s been released the same day as the new Accept album. Cheeky monkey Udo is apparently.  *****

Review by Chris Martin

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