Infobox musical artist
Name = U.D.O.

Img_capt = U.D.O. live in 2004
Img_size = 300
Background = group_or_band
Origin = Solingen, Germany
Genre = Heavy metal
Years_active = 1987-present
Label = AFM Records, Breaker Records, GUN Records, RCA Records
Associated_acts = Accept, Gotthard, Bullet, Edge of Forever
URL = [http://www.udo-online.de/ Official website]
Current_members = Udo Dirkschneider
Stefan Kaufmann
Igor Gianola
Fitty Wienhold
Francesco Jovino
Past_members = Peter Szigeti
Frank Rittel
Mathias Dieth
Thomas Franke
Wolla Böhm
Andy Susemihl
Thomas Smuszynski
Stefan Schwarzmann
Frank Fricke
Jurgen Graf
Lorenzo Milani

U.D.O. is a German heavy metal band founded by lead singer Udo Dirkschneider in 1987. Closely tied to the name U.D.O. is Accept, founded by Udo Dirkschneider and Michael Wagener (later to become a top producer) in Solingen, which was the predecessor of U.D.O.


1987 - 1992

After the breaking up of Accept in 1987, a large fan community followed Udo Dirkschneider to U.D.O.

Starting with the first albums "Animal House" in 1987 and "Mean Machine" in 1988 U.D.O. proved to be pure heavy metal without any "Trend-Sound" influences. Both albums continued where Accept had left of in 1986 with "Russian Roulette". "Animal House" was played in by Peter Szigeti (guitars), Frank Rittel from Warlock (bass), Mathias Dieth from Sinner (guitars),Thomas Franke (drums) and of course Udo Dirkschneider (vocals)

When "Mean Machine" was released in 1988 U.D.O. had a totally different look. From the line-up which had played on "Animal House", remained besides Udo only Mathias Dieth (guitar). New were Andy Susemihl (guitar), Thomas Smuszynski (bass) and Stefan Schwarzmann (drums).

Even though the unwritten U.D.O. law "No-Keyboards" was broken, U.D.O. achieved an amazing success, with the album "Faceless World", produced by ex-Accept drummer Stefan Kaufmann.At first disputed, it turned out to be, with Udo Dirkschneider (vocals), Mathias Dieth (guitar), Wolla Boehm (guitar), Thomas Smuszynski (bass) and Stefan Schwarzmann (drums), U.D.O.'s most sold album so far.

After "Timebomb" in 1991 U.D.O. , with a slightly new crew (Frank Fricke now played the guitar in place of Wolla Böehm), was temporarily put on ice by Udo Dirkschneider, to bring ACCEPT back to life.

1996 - present

From 1992 until 1996 Accept performed in a highly watched over reunion, and Udo released three albums together with his old Accept colleges, until the definite end was called for Accept and U.D.O. was revived. For this Udo Dirkschneider called Stefan Kaufmann (guitar), Jürgen Graf (guitars), Fitty Wienhold (bass) und Stefan Schwarzmann (drums) to him. Udo Dirkschneider and Stefan Kaufmann then went, together with the new line-up, "back to where we started" and with that to recording on the "Tribute to Judas Priest". On this compilation of Judas Priest cover songs U.D.O. performed the track "Metal Gods". On this track everything just fits together. This was not only through Stefan Kaufmann's input, but also do to his acting as an counterpart to Udo Dirkschneider.

A successful mix, which was improved on "Solid" in 1997. This is when the rhythmic guitar tracks and Stefan Kaufmann's solos came from. The other parts besides Dirkschneider and Kaufmann were taken by Jürgen Graf (guitar), Fitty Wienhold (bass) und Stefan Schwarzmann (drums). The title of the album shows what kind of music Udo always wanted to play: hard and heavy. And the success proved U.D.O. right. Solid was placed on the "Rock Hard" reader charts for more than a year.

"Solid" was followed by "No Limits" in 1998, another U.D.O masterpiece. The songs are full of power and continue were U.D.O. had left of with last album. Udo Dirkschneider (vocals), Stefan Kaufmann (guitar), Stefan Schwarzmann (drums), Jürgen Graf (guitar) and Fitty Wienhold (bass). The guys from U.D.O. amaze the fans with their enjoyment to play - and that world wide.

With the release of "Holy" Udo and Stefan decide to go back to the roots and get the original sound out of the cellar. The reaction of fans and journalists left no doubt that this was the right step. A world Tour has been the logical consequence of this album. There are important lineup changes, on the second part of the "No Limits" tour (1999), Igor Gianola, former guitar player of the swiss band Gotthard, replaces Jürgen Graf. When the "No Limits" tour is finished Stefan Schwarzmann quit the band, and on the "Holy" tour (2000) Lorenzo Milani take its place. This lineup goes further succesfully until 2004. In September 2004, Francesco Jovino replaces Lorenzo Milani.

In the early 1990's U.D.O. disbanded so Udo Dirkschneider could devote himself to the Accept reunion which produced three new Accept albums over a span of 3 years. After the 2nd incarnation of Accept ended in late 1996, Udo reformed U.D.O. and proceeded to release three albums in the late 90's which are considered by many U.D.O. fans to be the band's most creative output. The band has been consistently releasing new albums and has released a live DVD of their 2001 Tour of Russia. U.D.O. released "Metallized" in November 2007, their second "best of" album it features two unreleased tracks and an acoustic version of Accept's "Balls To The Wall".

On September 26 a DVD called "Mastercutor Alive" was released.

U.D.O. are currently working on a new studio album which will be released in 2009.


Studio albums

* "Animal House" (1987)
* "Mean Machine" (1988)
* "Faceless World" (1990)
* "Timebomb" (1991)
* "Solid" (1997)
* "No Limits" (1998)
* "Holy" (1999)
* "Man And Machine" (2002)
* "Thunderball" (2004)
* "Mission No. X" (2005)
* "Mastercutor" (2007)
* "Untitled next studio album" (2009)

Live albums

* "Live from Russia" (2001)
* "Nailed To Metal - The Missing Tracks" (2003)
* "Mastercutor Alive" (2008)

Compilation albums

* "Best Of" (1999)
* "Metallized" (2007)


* "They Want War" (1988)
* "Heart Of Gold" (1990)
* "Faceless World" (1990)
* "Two Faced Woman" (1997)
* "Independence Day" (1997)
* "Lovemachine" (1998)
* "Dancing With An Angel" (2002)
* "24/7" EP (2005)
* "The Wrong Side Of Midnight" EP (2007)


* "Nailed To Metal - The Complete History" (2003)
* "Thundervision" (2004)
* "Mastercutor Alive" (2008)


Current members

* Udo Dirkschneider - vocals (1987-present)
* Stefan Kaufmann - guitar (1996-present)
* Igor Gianola - guitar (1999-present)
* Fitty Wienhold - bass (1997-present)
* Francesco Jovino - drums (2004-present)

Former members

* Wolla Bohm - guitar (1990)
* Andy Susemihl - guitar (1987-1990, 1991)
* Frank Fricke - guitar (1991-1992)
* Jurgen Graf - guitar (1997-1999)
* Thomas Smuszynski - bass (1989-1991)
* Dieter Rubach - bass (1987-1989)
* Stefan Schwarzmann - drums (1988-1999)
* Lorenzo Milani - drums (2000-2004)

Original line-up

* Udo Dirkschneider - vocals
* Peter Szigeti - guitar (1987)
* Mathias Dieth - guitar (1987-1991)
* Frank Rittel - bass (1987)
* Thomas Franke - drums(1987-1989)

External links

* [http://www.udo-online.de/ U.D.O. Official Website]

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