Ever wonder how Accept singer Udo Dirkschneider got that wonderfully wretched singing voice? As you can see from this 2000 photo taken outside his tour bus in Austin, Texas, the German belter has (or, at least, had) an appetite for Winston smokes.
Onboard the bus during our interview, Udo displayed a copious thirst for whiskey (and generous hospitality). Multiply the booze and cigs by a frequency that would frighten a doctor, and you presumably get the blood-curdling voice that spat and screeched such metal classics as “Fast as a Shark,” “Restless and Wild” and “Balls to the Wall.”
On this night, Udo was fronting his self-named solo band as the opening act for Saxon (you may recall the story of me helping unlock Saxon’s jammed tour bus door with my car jack). Of course, Udo played a good many Accept favorites along with newer solo stuff.
Back on the bus, it turns out Udo’s speaking voice is as ravaged as his singing. For the record, it must be noted that Udo could not have been nicer or more generous with his time. Danke schon, Udo!