For the first time ever, UDO DIRKSCHNEIDER sings in his native language and shines on his cover of Wolfsheim hit “Kein Zurück.” The track, which appears on DIRKSCHNEIDER’s forthcoming full-length, My Way, set for release April 22nd on Atomic Fire Records, has been released today as a digital single and video as well as a special 7-inch (limited to 700 copies; includes “We Will Rock You”).
“When I heard the song on the radio for the first time, I got excited straight away,” remembers DIRKSCHNEIDER. “I immediately felt understood by the words. It almost seemed to me as if the text was telling about my career, about my highs and lows, about all the good and bad experiences that you have. For those who choose the life as a musician, there is simply ‘no way back.’ It’s the first time I’ve been singing in my native language on a song. It was a real struggle for me at first, but at the same time it was a great experience.”
UDO DIRKSCHNEIDER is THE constant among the German metal scene. Originally becoming world-famous as a founding member of Accept, he continues to steadily expand upon his international successes with his U.D.O. and Dirkschneider outfits. Remaining true to himself over the years in a way few musicians could, DIRKSCHNEIDER consistently bucks music industry trends in favor of following his heart. My Way is his most personal and extraordinary album to date and makes one thing clear: many in the music industry have come and gone over the years. Yet, UDO DIRKSCHNEIDER is still here.
My Way contains seventeen cover versions of the very songs that have influenced the musician and singer the most. All kinds of classics from music history are among them – including those that you might not expect from DIRKSCHNEIDER. Not only does a very personal story lie behind each of the tracks, but also a sometimes-surprising arrangement that, despite the very individual implementation, lives and breathes UDO’s manuscript throughout. “Now, when I hear the song, I remember the time when, as a very young UDO, I’d go out to light up the town and lived all the stories that can only be experienced late at night in the clubs.”